November 28, 2022

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Manchester United down West Ham in essential league conflict


Lucia Garcia and Hannah Blundell scored their first targets for the membership as Manchester United stored up their successful begin to the season at West Ham United.

Garcia, a summer season signing from Athletic Bilbao, latched on to a by means of ball to open the scoring on 50 minutes.

Blundell made it 2-0 5 minutes later because the guests constructed on their opening win in opposition to Studying.

West Ham had a objective from Lucy Parker dominated out for offside however have been all the time second finest.

Manchester United have been the higher workforce within the opening half however did not repeat the goalscoring blitz of their 4-0 victory over Studying – when all 4 targets have been scored earlier than the break.

It took them simply 5 minutes of the second half to open the impasse, nevertheless, as Garcia expertly rounded West Ham goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold earlier than slotting into the empty internet.

It seemed as if the floodgates might open because the guests rapidly doubled their lead by means of Blundell.

The left-back, who signed from Chelsea final yr, ran on to a cut-back on the sting of the field and positioned her effort into the underside nook.

West Ham struggled to get a grip of the ball, managing simply 34% possession by means of the 90 minutes, however have been denied by the officers once they did handle an effort on objective.

Parker steered dwelling from eight yards on 66 minutes after the ball deflected into her path however, after initially permitting the objective, referee Emily Heaslip consulted her assistant earlier than ruling it out for offside.

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Manchester United continued to pile on stress after that let-off, with Alessia Russo and captain Katie Zelem having good pictures on objective tipped away by Arnold.

It was one other worthy win for Marc Skinner’s United facet – a primary in seven video games within the capital – which leaves them degree with early leaders Arsenal and Aston Villa on six factors.

West Ham, in the meantime, missed out on the prospect to register two successive victories at the beginning of a WSL season for the primary time, following their opening-weekend victory at Everton.

(BBC)