Manchester United dropped factors in opposition to their neighbours right now as an in depth fought match with Manchester Metropolis resulted in defeat.
United seemed comfy out of possession within the opening 5 minutes, managing to chop out a Metropolis assault earlier than it might actually threaten them.
A few set items for United troubled Metropolis’s defenders. First a free kick delivered by captain Katie Zelem was headed out for a nook after which the blue aspect of Manchester struggled to clear the following coorner with the wind whipping across the floor.
The primary actual probability got here for the Blues although, as Lauren Hemp from simply a few yards out chipped it over the bar.
Metropolis had been discovering areas as United pressed excessive and it opened up a couple of probabilities for the house aspect that, to United’s reduction, they squandered.
United’s urgent paid off often although, Toone and Risa mixed to win it again from Metropolis’s defence and performed it shortly to Bruun who took a shot but it surely was tame and straight at Roebuck.
Simply over twenty minutes had been performed with the scores nonetheless deadlocked. Ellen White had an opportunity within the field for Metropolis but it surely was effectively blocked by Ladd and Caldwell, who acquired it away.
On the different finish Toone made a superb run into the field and danced across the defence earlier than taking part in it throughout the objective however Alex Greenwood was there to clear it for Metropolis.
There was a prolonged damage time on the finish of the primary half on account of Greenwood being down with a head damage for some time however the two groups went in all sq. on the break.
Each got here out preventing within the second half, with Metropolis having the higher probabilities once more however they blasted them excessive and large.
Earps made some good saves too and got here out to satisfy the ball effectively.
Jess Parks got here shut round sixty minutes in as her shot hit the woodwork and White couldn’t get the faucet in.
It was United’s flip to assault as Toone surged ahead and compelled the save from Roebuck. It was United’s greatest probability of the sport.
A nook for the Reds noticed Martha Thomas’ header go simply large of the put up, she had actually made an affect since approaching.
It was Metropolis that made the breakthrough although within the eightieth minute, substitute Caroline Weir discovered the highest nook with a strike from the sting of the world.
United tried to seek out the equaliser straight away however had been denied by Roebuck who pushed it out large.
Metropolis have closed the hole on United, whose Champions League hopes for subsequent season are wanting extra precarious.
Staff: Earps, Thoridottir, Batlle, Caldwell, Blundell, Zelem, Ladd, Toone, Boe Risa (Thomas 64), Bruun (Fuso 90), Russo (Hanson 78)