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Manchester United Women 2-0 Birmingham City Women: Red Devils go top of WSL with comfortable win

Manchester United went top of the Women's Super League after a dominant 2-0 win over Birmingham City.

United registered 12 first-half shots but failed to break the deadlock as Lauren James, Leah Galton and Jackie Groenen all spurned good chances.

It took 40 seconds from the restart for Galton to put United ahead as she met James' cross at the far post.

Ella Toone sealed the win with 10 minutes left as her low strike from the right went in off the far post.

With Chelsea and Arsenal both having matches postponed due to adverse weather conditions, United are three points clear of second-placed Chelsea, who have two games in hand, and six clear of the fourth-placed Gunners, who have played one match fewer than United.

Arsenal being out of action meanwhile allowed Manchester City to go above them in third with an impressive win at Brighton, who are five points behind United.

Birmingham managed just one shot throughout the game as they struggled to get any possession or attacking impetus, and but for a number of good saves from Hannah Hampton could have lost by a greater margin, while Groenen, Toone and Amy Turner all went close after the break for the hosts.

Birmingham remain eighth in the table with 11 points from 10 matches.

Line-ups

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 2HarrisBooked at 5minsSubstituted forSmithat 32'minutes
  • 4TurnerBooked at 88mins
  • 21Turner
  • 17Batlle
  • 14Groenen
  • 12Ladd
  • 7TooneBooked at 67mins
  • 10ZelemSubstituted forHansonat 75'minutes
  • 11Galton
  • 16JamesSubstituted forFusoat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 9Sigsworth
  • 13Fuso
  • 18Hanson
  • 19Ross
  • 20Smith
  • 22Bentley
  • 24Press

B'ham City Women

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Hampton
  • 3Scott
  • 16Brougham
  • 30LawleySubstituted forGreenat 65'minutes
  • 25Holloway
  • 18Walker
  • 2Mayling
  • 19WhippSubstituted forKellyat 85'minutes
  • 12LittlejohnBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcCarronat 85'minutes
  • 20Napier
  • 35MurphyBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7McCarron
  • 8Green
  • 14Kelly
  • 32Cowie
  • 37Hart
Referee:
Stacey Pearson

Match Stats

Home TeamMan Utd WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home23
Away1
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United Women 2, Birmingham City Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United Women 2, Birmingham City Women 0.

  3. Booking

    Emily Murphy (Birmingham City Women) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Amy Turner (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Emily Murphy (Birmingham City Women).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jackie Groenen (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leah Galton with a cross.

  7. Booking

    Amy Turner (Manchester United Women) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Leah Galton (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Claudia Walker (Birmingham City Women).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie-Lee Napier (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emma Kelly.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United Women).

  12. Post update

    Rebecca Holloway (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Emma Kelly replaces Lucy Whipp.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Chloe McCarron replaces Ruesha Littlejohn.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester United Women 2, Birmingham City Women 0. Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ella Toone.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United Women. Jackie Groenen tries a through ball, but Leah Galton is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivana Fuso (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ella Toone.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leah Galton.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United Women. Kirsty Hanson replaces Katie Zelem.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd Women1292130111929
2Chelsea Women108203062426
3Man City Women1173137102724
4Arsenal Women117223993023
5Everton Women105232115617
6Reading Women133641623-715
7Tottenham Women103341318-512
8B'ham City Women10316915-610
9Brighton Women12237826-189
10West Ham Women102171324-117
11Aston Villa Women102171026-167
12Bristol City Women11029649-432
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