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Man Utd 2-2 Man City: Dramatic derby ends in draw despite Stanway red card for City

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Leigh Sports Village

Manchester City overcame the sending off of Georgia Stanway to claim a point against Manchester United in a pulsating Women's Super League derby.

Substitute Ellen White poked in the equaliser late on, after Jess Park's long-range stunner was tipped onto the bar, to peg back United who had scored two goals in three minutes to lead.

City were down to 10 players following Stanway's straight red card for an ugly challenge on Leah Galton in the 35th minute.

And while Gareth Taylor's side responded superbly to take the lead through Khadija Shaw's header, United's quickfire double meant City had to fight back to earn a much-needed draw.

It was a frantic second half in particular and one which encapsulates a topsy-turvy season for City, but some pressure on manager Taylor will have been relieved with this battling draw away from home.

In contrast, it felt like a missed opportunity for United and manager Marc Skinner, taking charge of his first derby, and they remain without a win over City in four meetings in the WSL.

Rollercoaster for Taylor and chance missed for Skinner

City, runners-up last season, came into this match off the back of a third successive league defeat - their longest losing run in the WSL.

Taylor had been forced to answer questions on his future, while he urged his players to "remain positive" before what would be a crucial derby.

He went through all the emotions on the touchline - arguing with the officials despite Stanway's challenge meriting a red card, three minutes before celebrating summer signing Shaw's header from an unmarked position in the box.

That 1-0 lead for City lasted 34 minutes but United, who carried far more of an attacking threat in the second half, dealt a double blow when substitute Lucy Staniforth - who may have been offside - flicked in Ella Toone's cross, before Alessia Russo brilliantly rolled in a second from 12 yards.

The tide looked to have turned in United's favour but City responded again.

Teenager Park, only on the pitch for three minutes, saw her strike stunningly fingertipped onto the underside of the crossbar by Mary Earps, but White was quickest to react, tapping in the loose ball with just over 10 minutes remaining.

City fans celebrated wildly at full-time - a sign of their struggles so far this season - while United fans were more subdued, perhaps sensing their best opportunity to get one over their biggest rivals had passed them by.

Former Manchester United and England keeper Siobhan Chamberlain on BBC Radio 5 Live: "It had everything - excitement, drama, red card, goals, goal-line clearances and brilliant saves. What more could you ask for? I feel like I need to take a breather.

"United will be pleased they managed to pull it back from 1-0 down but disappointed they didn't see it out. They should have done so with the extra player.

"There are more positives to take for Manchester City. The second half, they performed so well with a player fewer. You wouldn't have realised they were down to 10."

Player of the match

HempLauren Hemp

with an average of 6.94

Manchester United Women

  1. Squad number37Player nameStaniforth
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  2. Squad number23Player nameRusso
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  3. Squad number27Player nameEarps
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  4. Squad number7Player nameToone
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  5. Squad number14Player nameGroenen
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  6. Squad number6Player nameBlundell
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  7. Squad number12Player nameLadd
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  8. Squad number11Player nameGalton
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  9. Squad number18Player nameHanson
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  10. Squad number17Player nameBatlle
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  11. Squad number10Player nameZelem
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  12. Squad number3Player nameThorisdottir
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  13. Squad number5Player nameMannion
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Manchester City Women

  1. Squad number15Player nameHemp
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  2. Squad number18Player nameWhite
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  3. Squad number5Player nameGreenwood
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  4. Squad number21Player nameShaw
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  5. Squad number3Player nameStokes
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  6. Squad number11Player nameBeckie
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  7. Squad number8Player nameScott
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  8. Squad number34Player nameBenameur
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  9. Squad number24Player nameWalsh
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  10. Squad number12Player nameAngeldal
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  11. Squad number16Player namePark
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  12. Squad number19Player nameWeir
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  13. Squad number7Player nameCoombs
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  14. Squad number10Player nameStanway
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Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 6Blundell
  • 5Mannion
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 17Batlle
  • 14GroenenSubstituted forLaddat 85'minutes
  • 10Zelem
  • 18HansonSubstituted forStaniforthat 67'minutes
  • 7Toone
  • 11Galton
  • 23Russo


  • 2Harris
  • 8Risa
  • 12Ladd
  • 13Fuso
  • 24Jones
  • 32Baggaley
  • 37Staniforth

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Benameur
  • 10StanwayBooked at 35mins
  • 8Scott
  • 5Greenwood
  • 3Stokes
  • 12AngeldalSubstituted forParkat 76'minutes
  • 24Walsh
  • 19WeirSubstituted forCoombsat 89'minutes
  • 11BeckieBooked at 90mins
  • 21ShawSubstituted forWhiteat 59'minutes
  • 15Hemp


  • 7Coombs
  • 16Park
  • 18White
  • 30Mace
  • 33Kennedy
  • 35Keating
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Match Stats

Home TeamMan Utd WomenAway TeamMan City Women
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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leah Galton (Manchester United Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Katie Zelem with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Keira Walsh.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Lauren Hemp.

  6. Booking

    Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Lucy Staniforth (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women).

  9. Post update

    Hayley Ladd (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Laura Coombs (Manchester City Women).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Jill Scott.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Laura Coombs replaces Caroline Weir.

  14. Post update

    Hannah Blundell (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jessica Park (Manchester City Women).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United Women. Ella Toone tries a through ball, but Alessia Russo is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United Women. Hayley Ladd replaces Jackie Groenen.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ellen White (Manchester City Women) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Lauren Hemp with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alessia Russo (Manchester United Women).

  20. Post update

    Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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