Manchester United Women racked up a fifth consecutive win on Sunday afternoon, making light work of a long away trip to East Sussex to beat Lewes Women with two second-half goals.
Katie Zelem forced the first notable parry by Lewes goalkeeper Faye Baker in the 14th minute, after some positive link-up play between United captain Alex Greenwood and Mollie Green on the right. Millie Turner was unfortunate not to convert the rebound, instead striking the outside of the left-hand post from close range.
Zelem also had a free-kick saved, shortly after Lizzie Arnot became the second United player to hit the post in an action-packed first half.
Lewes were under almost constant pressure throughout the opening 45 minutes but they almost snatched an unlikely breakthrough just before half-time when Georgia Robert forced a good save from the Reds' experienced goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain and a follow-up was cleared off the line.
It took only a further six minutes of play for United to find a way past Baker, with Greenwood threading a pass down the left to Jess Sigsworth. The no.9 then cut inside before squaring the ball to Green in the area for an emphatic first-time finish.
Sigsworth had left the field, making way for third sub Lauren James, by the time United actually doubled the advantage in the 80th minute.
Devlin played her part, winning the penalty that Greenwood stepped up to take. Although the visiting skipper's kick was saved by Lewes' best performer Baker, Toone buried the ball after it dropped in the mud inside the six-yard box, thereby extinguishing any hopes the hosts might have had of forcing an unlikely draw.
United Women: Chamberlain; Smith, Hartley, M. Turner, Greenwood; Zelem, Green, Palmer (Devlin 46); Toone, Sigsworth (James 71), Arnot (Galton 46).
Substitutes not used: Ramsey, Roberts, Hanson, Salmon.
Scorers: Green 51, Toone 80.
NEXT HOME MATCH
The Reds are in action at Leigh Sports Village in midweek, hosting Durham Women in the FA Continental Tyres League Cup on Wednesday night. Kick-off is at 19:00 GMT and tickets will be available from www.manutd.com/womenstickets.
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Photos by James Boyes.
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