Man United Women 2-0 Liverpool Women: United earn first win of the season as strikes from Lauren James and Katie Zelem enough to separate the two sides
- Manchester United defeated Liverpool 1-0 to get their season up and running
- Lauren James looked bright throughout and was rewarded for her hard work
- Liverpool were strong in the first half but United ended on top in the contest
- An injury time spot kick from Katie Zelem sealed the win for United
Manchester United Women grabbed their first win of the season after a Lauren James strike was enough to see off Liverpool in their Women’s Super League clash.
Liverpool had the better of the game in the first half, but failed to make their chances count and were made to pay when James turned home from close range in the second half.
James looked bright throughout and fired a shot from distance in the early stages of the game but Anke Preuss gathered with ease.
Lauren James was a threat throughout and was rewarded with the opener for United
Manchester United (4-4-2): Earps; Okvist (Turner 46), McManus, Turner, Smith; James, Toone, Zelem, Ladd; Galton, Sigsworth (Hanson 76)
Subs not used: Arnot, Edwards, Green, Harris, Mikalsen
Goals: James (70), Zalem (90+5)
Manager: Casey Stoney
Liverpool (4-4-2): Preuss; Robe, Roberts, Fahey, Bradley; Sweetman-Kirk, Lawley, Charles (Clarke 72), Rodgers (Linnett 81); Babajide, Jane
Subs not used: Hodson, Kearns, Kitching, Purfield
Manager: Vicky Jepson
Stadium: Leigh Sports Village
Courtz Sweetman-Kirk had the first clear opening of the game as she won the ball back high up the pitch for Liverpool but her attempted lob over Earps wasn’t strong enough and the keeper recovered to save her effort.
Liverpool continued with their high pressing game as Rinsola Babajide won the ball in the final third but her cross was cleared at the near post.
Liverpool came close again as a goal-bound header from defender Fahey was cleared off the line by United, before James had the biggest chance of the first half as her strike crashed off the Liverpool crossbar.
Vicky Jepson’s side finished the first half strongly as Babajide again found space to work on the right hand side to find Niamh Charles in the United box but her flick just evaded the far post.
A half time tactical tweak from United, with Amy Turner replacing Lotta Okvist saw Casey Stoney’s side spring into life as a low ball across the box caused Liverpool all sorts of problems before it was eventually cleared and a Galton effort was turned away by Preuss.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 70th minute when James made her hard work count, turning the ball home after Jess Sigsworth capitalised on a defensive lapse near their own goal.
Katie Zelem made it two goals to the good from the spot in injury time as Casey Stoney’s side earned a valuable three points to lift United into mid table ahead of the remaining Super League fixtures this weekend.
United captain Katie Zelem scored from the penalty spot to give United their first win