Women's match report: United 6 Bristol City 1
Manchester United Women will celebrate Christmas on top of the Women’s Super League after we fired six past Bristol City in Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.
Leah Galton’s wonder-strike, on 26 minutes, put United in front before Millie Turner doubled the lead with a header in first-half stoppage time. Jess Sigsworth scored our third just after the interval, before Galton scored her second and United’s fourth.Tobin Heath concluded a five-star performance number five and the sixth goal arrived close to the end, after former red Ebony Salmon had scored a consolation for the visitors.
Following our Continental Tyres Cup defeat to Everton earlier on in the week, Stoney made four changes to her starting XI. Amy Turner, Kirsty Smith, Ella Toone and Heath came in for Abbie McManus, Lotta Okvist, Hayley Ladd and Jane Ross.
After the initial concern, United then took control of the game. Millie Turner had a header on target before Jackie Groenen tested the goalkeeper with a volleyed effort. 20 minutes into the game, Spanish full-back Ona Batlle rounded off a great attack for the Reds when she fired a powerful strike towards goal but Bristol City keeper Sophie Baggaley was equal to it.On 24 minutes, our American star Heath almost scored a contender for Goal of the Season, when she hit a screamer from 30 yards but, unfortunately, it hit the bar and went out.
Only two minutes later, United’s pressure would count. Galton pulled off a thumping strike to send the Reds into the lead halfway through the first half. Our no. 11 received the ball from Katie Zelem, got away from two defenders and, from 25 yards, smashed the ball into the top-left corner.
The thunderbolt almost matched the weather at Leigh Sports Village as it continued to pour down and was also a result of United’s electrifying start to the game.
The 3-0 goal was also her last piece of action as she was replaced by Ivana Fuso, coming on for her WSL debut.
On 63 minutes, Galton scored another superb goal. Toone played in our lightning-quick winger with a excellent through-ball and Galton hit another superb strike as she added the Reds’ fourth.
After the fourth goal, Stoney continued to change things up as Hayley Ladd and Jane Ross came on for Groenen and Zelem a few minutes later.
72 minutes into the game, Bristol City got one back through former Red Salmon, who scored with a low shot drilled into the left corner behind Mary Earps.
With 15 minutes left, Martha Harris came on for her first WSL appearance of the season as she replaced Batlle. Kirsty Hanson also replaced Galton. With 10 minutes to go, substitute Hanson hit the crossbar before Heath showed exactly why she was voted into the FIFA FIFPro World11. Our no. 77 scored twice in the final moments of the game. First, on 83 minutes, she produced an outstanding chip for our fifth goal before she beat one defender and slotted in our sixth with four minutes to go to to conclude a magnificent 6-1 win.
The triumph means that Stoney’s side will celebrate Christmas as league leaders as the WSL now takes a break until 10 January, when we play away at Everton.
UNITED: Earps; Batlle (Harris 74), M. Turner, A. Turner, Smith; Groenen (Ladd 64), Zelem (Ross 64), Toone; Heath, Sigsworth (Fuso 54), Galton (Hanson 74)Substitutes not used: Okvist, McManus, Bentley, Press
Goals: Galton 26, 62, M. Turner 45, Sigsworth 52, Heath 83, 86Bookings: Ladd
Bristol City: Baggaley; Allen, Palmer (Harrison 46), Evans, Purfield; Rafferty, Wellings, Logarzo (Bissell 65); Humphrey, Daniels, SalmonSubstitutes not used: Bryson, Haland,, Collis, Wilson, Mastrantonio, Jones
Bookings: RaffertyReferee: Lisa Benn