United Women 5 West Ham 0

Sunday 12 November 2023 14:14

A five-star display from Manchester United Women ensured the Reds got back to winning ways in the Women's Super League on Sunday, as the Reds defeated West Ham 5-0 at Leigh Sports Village.

Geyse opened the scoring after just three minutes, before Millie Turner curled in a superb finish to double the lead for Marc Skinner's side.

Nikita Parris then got on the scoresheet to ensure United went in at the break with a commanding advantage.

The fluidity of the first half was lacking somewhat in the second, but the Reds found extra energy in the closing stages to put the icing on a resounding victory with well-taken goals from substitutes Lucia Garcia and Melvine Malard.


United continued the energy from the midweek 7-0 triumph over Everton into the match against the Hammers and were ahead after just three minutes.

Leah Galton looping cross was headed only as far as Hinata Miyazawa, whose left-footed volley deflected up into the air. Geyse was the first to react and beat West Ham goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold to the ball to nod the Reds ahead.

United looked to press home our advantage early on and Arnold was tested once more, as Ella Toone's long-range effort stung her palms.

Our players and fans inside LSV thought Skinner's side had doubled the lead through Galton, after she was found in behind by Toone and clipped the ball delightfully over Arnold with her right foot. Celebrations were cut short, however, as the flag was up for offside.

Despite United's domination, Mary Earps was called into action to deny Riko Ueki after the Hammers' forward wriggled through challenges from Jayde Riviere and Maya Le Tissier.

The first half was disrupted after a coming together between Viviane Asseyi and Katie Zelem. After a stoppage for both players to receive treatment, the Hammers player was forced off while Zelem was deemed fit to continue.

The Reds continued to try and create as half-time came into view and, after Turner exchanged passes down the left, she curled a sublime effort into the top corner to double the Reds' lead.

West Ham almost had an instant reply through Emma Harries but after the attacker missed the target under pressure from Riviere, United hit the visitors with a sucker-punch. Parris latched on to an incisive Toone pass and slotted the ball into the bottom corner, taking her tally to four goals in her last two matches.

Galton, Parris and Toone each went close to adding a fourth United goal on the stroke of half-time, as the Reds entered the interval firmly in the driving seat.


The visitors came out swinging in the second period, with Harries going close via a low drive just minutes after the restart.

West Ham continued to apply pressure, with Earps and the Reds defence holding firm to repel their advances.

Ueki threatened for the Hammers once more, cutting inside and firing a fierce left-footed effort towards goal. As was the case in the first-half, Earps reacted well to deny the Japan international, preserving United's three-goal advantage.

Ueki was again involved, holding up the ball for Lisa Evans, but Le Tissier applied the appropriate pressure to stem the pace of her shot.

United didn't have the same fluidity in the second half as the first and, following a plethora of substitutions, the final ball was lacking for the Reds. 

But, in the closing stages, United seemed to find an extra gear, with Garcia curling home following a great forward pass from Lisa Naalsund to make it 4-0.

Fellow substitute Malard then put the icing on the cake for the Reds, turning home from close range following great work down the left by Toone and Zelem.

The 5-0 triumph means Skinner's team have now scored 12 goals in the space of just a few days, and are in a rich vein of form going into next weeks WSL Manchester derby at Old Trafford.


United: Earps; Riviere, Le Tissier, Turner (Evans 78), Blundell; Zelem (c), Toone; Parris (Malard 61), Hinata (Naalsund 61), Galton (Garcia 78); Geyse (Williams 61).

Subs not used: Middleton-Patel, Tullis-Joyce, Ladd.

Goals: Geyse 3, Turner 42, Parris 46, Garcia 88, Malard 90+5.

West Ham: Arnold; Denton, Shimizu, Tysiak, Cissoko (Cooke 86), Smith; Evans (Atkinson 86), Stringer, Hayashi (Filis 20); Ueki, Asseyi (Harries 34).

Subs not used: Ziu, Stapleton, Walsh, Ademiluyi, Flannery.