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Manchester United vs Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village

Leigh Sports Village Referee : Rebecca Welch
9th October 2021 1:30 PM (BST)
  • 2 Manchester United

    • ‘72' Lucy Staniforth
    • ‘75' Alessia Russo
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘38' Khadija Shaw
    • ‘79' Ellen White


Commentary By George Kelsey


That's a wrap πŸ‘‹

That's all from me, folks! Thanks for your company on what's been an absolute classic of a Manchester Derby.

Disappointing not to take all three points, but given City were down to ten for around an hour, the players showed real character to grind out the result.

Plenty of be positive about, and plenty more to come on and our official app over the rest of the evening, where you can find reaction from Gareth Taylor and a number of City players!

Everton up next in the Continental Cup on Wednesday - hopefully we can build on this result when the Toffees are in town.

Until next time  πŸ‘ 


'More to come from Bunny'

Gareth Taylor:

"We’ve got two really good strikers who have both scored today. It’s what we need and want.

"We haven’t been able to get as much competition for places elsewhere but we’ve got two great strikers and Jess Park as well. We need them to step up there’s more to come from Bunny, she needs to impose herself more.

"But we saw flashes today when she’s in the right areas, same with Ellen, we’re really pleased."


'We deserved that'

Gareth Taylor...

"I feel like we deserved that. We haven’t got much for our efforts in recent weeks but never feel like we’re a million miles away.

"In all the games we’ve been unsuccessful in we’ve played some good stuff and created some good chances. But we also know the game is won in both boxes."


'The pressure is always there...'

More from the boss...

'"The pressure’s always there, it’s never more in one week than another. I believe in what we do and we saw that today, when we played in the righty manner, maintain possession we’ll create chances."


'The players deserve great credit'

Gareth Taylor:

"When you’re holding on and trying to see the game out, at one point I thought we might, we looked comfortable then to go behind like we did and fight back was fantastic..

"The players deserve great credit and we need to build on that."


Verdict from the boss

Gareth Taylor:

"I think we showed great spirits. I take my hat off to the players, we were trying to hold on, away from home with a noisy crowd. It was disappointing to be staring at no points but to come back shows the group we have at the moment."


Press conference

United manager Marc Skinner is currently speaking to the media, meaning Gareth Taylor's post-match thoughts won't be too far away...

Skinner has described the result as a 'missed opportunity' for the hosts, but also as a step forward for his players.


White hot Ellen πŸ”₯

Ellen White's strike this afternoon has made her City's outright leading scorer in Manchester Derbies.

The forward was tied with Caroline Weir on two strikes leading into today's clash, but her late equaliser means she is now top of the scoring charts against our rivals.

Her close-range finish was also her first of the season... a decent weekend all round for the forward - who also made the 20-strong shortlist for the Ballon d'Or yesterday evening!


Gareth Taylor on red card πŸ—£

"I was really close, I thought it was a yellow but I need to see it again. I hear it was high, so I need to see it again.

"I thought we showed great character spirit and determination and when you look at who was missing I thought the girls did great today."


Lauren Hemp on response to sending off πŸ—£

"We've worked really hard in training, it's been so competitive and today we showed the quality this team has and that we deserve to put on a show.

"I think that's what you want in Manchester Derbies. We've done that justice, I'm so proud of the team.

"Obviously United are a good team and credit to them but we've showed just how well we can play, even when down to ten."


More from Lauren Hemp πŸ—£

"The grit and determination we showed (was great).

"It was unfortunate to go down to ten but to come back and go 1-0 up and then 2-2 - the fight and determination was top drawer.

"I'm so proud of how we've turned it round, it shows how together the team is."


Gareth Taylor on BBC One πŸ—£

"If it had stayed 11v11 I think we'd have had a good chance of winning the game.

"We had some good chances, Mary Earps made a good save and even when we went down to ten we could've scored two.

"It was a rollercoaster today so when you're staring at a loss at 2-1 down you have to say it's a fair point."


Lauren Hemp on BBC One πŸ—£

"I think it was important that we bounced back, we've been really disappointed with how we've played recently but I hope this will be the turning point.

"Everyone put in a good effort, I'm proud of them all, hopefully we'll go on and get the results we do deserve."



Honours even here at the Leigh Sports Village in an enthralling Manchester Derby.

City were down to ten in the first half when Georgia Stanway was given her marching orders for a late challenge on Leah Galton, but Khadija Shaw's powerful header had Gareth Taylor's side in front at the break.

United rallied, and scored twice in three second half minutes to get their noses in front with 15 to play.

But City once again rallied, and were rewarded for our efforts with a late equaliser from substitute Ellen White.

A hard-fought point. Stay tuned for plenty of post-match reaction!


Terrific Taieb

Brilliant claim from Taieb, who comfortably plucks Batlle's far post ball out of the air under pressure from the Reds forwards.

A commanding display from the City stopper so far.

That looks like it could be the final act of the game.


United chance

Galton in the thick of the action once again, beating Alex Greenwood to the near-post corner.

But the forward can't divert her effort on target, giving City a moment of respite from the goal kick.

United were claiming for a handball in the area from Keira Walsh during one of those flurries of set pieces, but Rebecca Welch is unmoved.

Looking at the replays, it looks like the correct decision.


Added time

There will be a minimum of four minutes added time here at the Leigh Sports Village.

Janine Beckie is cautioned for a foul on Staniforth, with United able to launch a late ball into the City box.

It's cleared behind for a corner by Hemp.


Scott recovers

Heart in mouth situation for City then, as Blundell's cross from the left evades Scott and lands at the feet of Galton inside the box.

But the forward's touch is heavy, and Scott recovers to clear the ball behind for a corner.

Stoppage time approaching...


City chance

I thought that was in for a second πŸ˜… 

Hemp races down the left and cuts the ball back for White, who makes one of her trademark darting runs into the near post.

The forward looks to glance into the far corner, but she doesn't quite make a clean enough contact and the ball flashes just wide.

There's plenty of life still in this game.




Mary Earps does so well to stop Jess Park's initial effort, tipping a vicious 20-yard drive onto the bar.

But the ball bounces back into the six-yard box and White, like all good strikers, gambles on the rebound to smash home from close-range.

A first goal of the season for White, and her third against United!



United in front

Russo adds a quickfire second.

The forward finds some space inside the box, composes herself and fires a low effort past the despairing dive of Karima Taieb.


United on top

Galton squanders a big opportunity for the hosts!

Alex Greenwood is dispossessed at the back, with the ball eventually finding the United forward in behind the City defence.

Scott does well to put her off, and Galton scuffs the effort harmlessly wide from the edge of the box.

A let off for City.



United pull themselves level as a clever short corner routine catches City napping.

The ball is curled in by Ella Toone, and substitute Lucy Staniforth backheels the ball into the net from close-range.


Holding firm

Blundell feeds Galton down the left, but Scott slides in to divert the danger away for a corner.

City's makeshift defender is then on hand to head the corner clear, rising highest through a crowd of bodies to ease the pressure on our goal.

Scott has used all of her experience to great effect alongside Alex Greenwood so far - and she'll need it again for the final 20 minutes...


White v Mannion

Caroline Weir whips a free-kick in towards Ellen White, who can't quite get her head on the end of the cross.

The City sub tentatively claims for a penalty after being nudged by Aoife Mannion as she went for the ball, but nothing given.


Delightful Demi

Brilliant again from Demi Stokes, who hustles and harries Kirsty Hansen down the City left to put the ball out for a corner.

Taieb comfortably claims the subsequent cross from Katie Zelem.


Making a mark πŸ‘

Ellen White immediately busies herself, pressing high and winning a flick on from Taieb's goal-kick.

Shaw looks like she's got an ice pack taped to her hamstring - maybe from that injury she sustained in the first half.

Hopefully it's just a precaution for the game's only goal scorer so far!


Taieb on top πŸ™Œ

It's United's turn to go close next, with Toone turning away from Weir with a clever Cruyff turn.

The midfielder tries her luck from distance, but Taieb does well to palm away the danger.

Looks like Ellen White is getting ready to come on...


City chance πŸ”΅

A first real sight of goal for City in the second half, and it's Hemp in the thick of the action once again.

The winger pounces on a loose ball, slaloms her way between the challenges and sends a stinging drive towards the top corner from a tight angle.

Earps is forced into tipping the effort over the bar for a corner - an indication of Hemp's threats once again.


Penalty claim? πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

United want a penalty as Galton is brought down by Scott.

It looks like there's contact as Galton tries to race in behind for the one-two, but Rebecca Welch isn't convinced.

The United forward is incensed, as are the majority of the crowd at the Leigh Sports Village, but City are holding firm...


United chances

A foray forward for United, with Blundell looking for the top corner of Taieb's net.

But the defender's effort can only find the back of Jackie Groenen's head as the Dutch international tries to get out of the way of the strike.

Ella Toone is next to try her luck, but Alex Greenwood diverts her effort behind for a corner.



Leah Galton looks to cut the ball back into a dangerous area from the left, but is caught out by the offside flag once again.

It looked like the forward had timed her run right, so that'll be a frustrating one.

Meanwhile, City win a free-kick in a promising position on the right, but Weir can't beat the first United player...


Emile Heskey on BBC One πŸ—£

"Ona Batlle is an excellent defender, but Lauren Hemp is making her look very average.

"She wants to get at her every time, and it keeps the defenders on the back foot."


Fara Williams on City's opener πŸ—£

"It's fantastic movement from Bunny for her goal, and a great delivery from Demi Stokes.

"We want to see more of that in the second half."



That final chance is the last act of the half - so far so good for City, who mount the perfect response to Georgia Stanway's sending off.

Khadija Shaw's header separates the sides at the break.



Almost two before the break, Lauren Hemp ghosts away from Batlle once again and curls an inviting ball to the back post, which just evades Angeldahl.

The Swede gives everything to get on the end of the cross, but can't quite make a clean enough contact to divert the ball on target.


Stokes strength

United think they should be getting a free-kick right on the edge of the box as Kirsty Hansen goes to ground under the attentions of Demi Stokes, but referee Rebecca Welch waves away the protests.

The Reds forward is sent sprawling as she looks to latch onto a ball in behind, but our left-back is too strong for her.



Jill Scott's got some apologising to do at the break!

Our stand-in centre-half gets in front of Ella Toone to clear her lines, but the ball hits the retreating Hemp flush in the face.

It's the kind of image that makes you grimace wherever you are in the world...

Thankfully Hemp is alright to continue, but I'm sure she'll have something to say to Scott when they get in the dressing room!


Caroline Oatway at the Leigh Sports Village πŸ—£

"Wow! This game has sparked into life!

"Just when it looked as though the game was turning in United's favour with the red card - and I have to say, it was probably the right call - City break the deadlock!

"Superb cross from Demi Stokes - she's looked back to her best today - and Khadija Shaw was positioned perfectly between the two centre-backs to nod home.

"The City fans (including myself!) went crazy and now, we have a precious lead to defend."


Causing problems πŸ€•

Lauren Hemp is causing all sorts of problems down the United right, and again gets in behind Batlle.

The winger's cutback can't quite find Shaw as United frantically clear, but City are on top towards the end of the half.

It's been a tough afternoon for the Reds' right back Batlle, who is having to deal with a seriously impressive Hemp so far...



Shaw heads home the opener!

It's a brilliant ball in from Stokes, puts it on a plate for the forward from the left.

And the Jamaican outmuscles Aoife Mannion in the box and plants an inch-perfect header into the bottom corner past Earps.

The perfect response after Stanway's red card! GET IN  πŸ’™ 


City down to ten

Georgia Stanway is given her marching orders for a high challenge on Leah Galton.

The United forward takes a slightly heavy touch, inviting the challenge from City's makeshift right back.

There's no intent to injure, but Stanway catches Galton just above her left knee, and it's a definite red.

No complaints from Georgia, who immediately goes to check on her opponent.


United chance

A first real chance for United, as Kirsty Hansen tests Karima Taieb.

The United midfielder sells Keira Walsh a dummy to create a pocket of space on the edge of the box and curls an effort towards goal with her left foot.

But Taieb is always behind the strike and comfortably claims.


No friends on Derby Day 🀝

Caroline Oatway at the Leigh Sports Village  πŸ—£

"Amusing little exchange between Keira Walsh and Ella Toone - former City teammates of course.

"A short tussle results in a free-kick to City and the pair share a wry smile. No friends on Derby Day!"

Meanwhile, Lauren Hemp cuts in on her right and pulls the trigger, but the winger's effort is too high to trouble Earps' net.


Counter attack ⚑️

United counter after Stanway's path to goal is blocked on the edge of the hosts' box.

Galton is played through, but Greenwood is back in a flash to help Scott snuff out the danger.

An indication of both United's potential threat on the counter, but also of our defensive commitment.


Back in business πŸ‘

A pleasing sight for City as Shaw makes her way back onto the pitch as play resumes.

She shows good strength to shrug off the attentions of Jackie Groenen before playing the ball out to Stanway.


Access denied ❌

United try the ball over the top again, with Zelem once again searching for Galton in behind.

But the forward doesn't time her run properly and is flagged for offisde.

Meanwhile, Shaw is down for City and receiving treatment - hopefully that's nothing too serious!


Committed City πŸ’ͺ

"Well done Janine" comes the shout from Gareth Taylor as the winger tracks back and regains possession for City.

You can tell the entire team are really up for this one, not giving United a moments rest when the Reds are in possession.

Former City defender Aoife Mannion tries a long ball over the top to Leah Galton, but it trickles out for a throw on the right.


Caroline Oatway at the Leigh Sports Village πŸ—£

"City will be pleased with our start - United shaded the early exchanges but we've really come to life in these last few moments with those chances.

"I'm sure it will be very much in the players' minds that we completely dominated here in this league fixture last season but were made to pay for not extending our lead.

"Positive start so far, especially down the left flank with Lauren Hemp, Demi Stokes and Caroline Weir combining well.

"The team are clearly spurred on by the City fans behind the goal."



So close from City once again!

Angeldahl curls a delightful cross into Hemp, who powers a header back across goal towards the bottom left corner of the United goal.

Earps is beaten, but Maria Thorisdottir gets back just in time to clear off the line.

City on top so far...



What a save from Mary Earps to prevent Janine Beckie from opening the scoring!

Hemp again races down the left and whips a delightful ball into her fellow winger.

Beckie launches a first-time volley towards goal, but Earps does well to tip the effort past the post for a corner.


Wing wizard 🎩

Lauren Hemp is released for the first time in the game, releasing Demi Stokes down the left.

But the left back's cross has too much on it to find one of her teammates.

The ball is recycled and launched back into a dangerous area, but Earps claims.


Heady heights

City holding firm to clear away a couple of dangerous crosses from the hosts.

Shaw clears Zelem's initial corner, and Scott is then on hand to head away the the United skipper's second ball into the box.

City's makeshift defence is  holding firm at the back so far!


End to end βš–οΈ

A first passage of play for United, who steal back possession just inside the City half.

Galton plays a neat one-two with Russo, but her cross flies off target under pressure from stand-in right back Georgia Stanway.

Khadija Shaw takes a heavy touch at the other end following the goal kick, giving away a foul after clipping Ella Toone with her arm as she looks to regain the ball.


Early stages

Filippa Angeldahl looks to feed Beckie in behind down the right, but United stopper Mary Earps is on hand to clear the danger for a throw.

City are pressing high up the pitch to try and gain an early foothold, and now stroke the ball confidently around the back four.

So far, so good πŸ‘ 


Getting stuck in πŸ’ͺ

Janine Beckie gets stuck in straight away on Hannah Blundell, sliding in on the United left-back to stop her from bringing the ball out.

That's the kind of tackle you love to see on Derby Day - committed but fair. I'm sure we'll see plenty of those going around today.

Every touch from City is booed by the United fans so far...


Caroline Oatway at the Leigh Sports Village πŸ—£

"Out come the two teams and the atmosphere is crackling with electricity.

"There's the spice you'd expect on Derby Day - both sets of fans trying to out-sing each other. City head out first - to a chorus of boos!

"There's a lot riding on this one, especially given our recent run, but we'll have to manage the emotion of the occasion - try and block out the noise, the jeers and focus on the task at hand.

"Treat it like another game!"


Building up to kick-off 🧱️

The players come out of the tunnel to a rapturous applause at the Leigh Sports Village...

Both sides go through some quick drills on the touchline for one last tune up, before readying themselves for kick-off.

Here we go...


Gareth Taylor speaking to the BBC πŸ—£

"The injuries have been a contributing factor (to our form), but it's up to us.

"We need to improve, we realise that. we've gained some decent perspective in the games we haven't been successful in.

"We aren't one million miles away, we just need that little bit of good fortune to turn those performances into wins."


Important three points?

Victory for City would see us move to within three points of United as we edge towards the international break.

But winning aside, the confidence and belief that a positive result would give Gareth Taylor's side would be massive.

The common phrase is that form always goes out the window for a Derby, so last weekend's defeat to West Ham won't be playing on the team's minds ahead of today's clash.

With local bragging rights on the line, the players will be fired up for this one.


Live coverage πŸ“Ί

Today's match will be shown live on BBC One in the UK, while fans from around the world can find out which channels will be showing the game in different countries here.

Highlights will be available from midday on Sunday, and should you miss the action entirely, a full-match replay will also be available to view with a CITY+ subscription from midday the following day!


Lauren Hemp on the Manchester Derby πŸ—£

"It means a lot to me, when I was younger, I always dreamed of playing in a Manchester Derby.

β€œIt always means more when you play against local rivals and the Derby is a massive sign of the growth of women’s football, which is growing year on year.

β€œWith the TV deals this season, we’ve been given a platform and it’s important we take the chance to prove to people why they should come and watch our games.

β€œIt will be a great occasion. Hopefully, we can attract many fans to come and support us.”


Gareth Taylor on Caroline Weir πŸ—£

The boss is hoping Caroline Weir can produce more Derby day heroics...

β€œHopefully she (Weir) can make the difference,” Taylor revealed in his pre-match press conference.

β€œCaroline has shown she’s more than capable for us, she's getting in the right areas, and has been involved in some of our successes in front of goal (this season).

β€œI’m always challenging her to get more goals but her relationship on the left with Lauren Hemp has really grown over the last 12 months.

β€œIf it’s Caroline or another player to step up and make the difference, the more options the better."


Past encounters πŸ•°

City and United served up an absolute thriller in the last Manchester Derby at the Leigh Sports Village, with first half strikes from Chloe Kelly and Laura Coombs cancelled out by Tobin Heath and Kirsty Hansen.

We have tasted victory away to United in the past though, with Jill Scott and Ellen White both on target in a 3-2 FA Cup win back in January 2020.

City went on to retain the trophy ten months later, beating Everton after extra time at Wembley.


Two changes πŸ”

Gareth Taylor makes two changes from our defeat to West Ham last time out, with Jess Park and Ellen White making way for Georgia Stanway and Khadija β€˜Bunny’ Shaw.

Stanway comes in at right back, with Beckie pushed further forward to play alongside Shaw and Hemp in a front three.

Taieb starts between the sticks for her first Manchester Derby, with Stanway, Jill Scott, captain Alex Greenwood and Demi Stokes making up the back four.

Keira Walsh sits in front of the defence, with Filippa Angeldahl and Caroline Weir completing the midfield three.

Beckie and Hemp start on the flanks, with Shaw leading the line at the Leigh Sports Village.

Subs: Keating (GK), Coombs, Park, White, Mace, Kennedy

A strong team despite our injuries, with plenty of quality to come off the bench. COME ON, CITY πŸ’ͺ 


Gareth Taylor preview πŸ—£

β€œIt’s the perfect game to come back to and one the players are really looking forward to.

β€œWith Derbies, coaches always say they don’t have to get the players up for it. It’d be perfect for us if we get three points on the board. We want to achieve that.

β€œWe did that on our own turf last year. We were in control and give credit to United – they fought back – but we showed our dominance.

β€œThese games are never won or lost in the first half – you have to be at it all the way through to the final minute. That’s what makes these games so special.

β€œIt’ll be even more special with supporters back. The players look forward to these games – both teams want to win and are competitive. It’s an exciting one for us to look forward to."


Stat attack πŸ”’

 πŸ”Ή Manchester United have never beaten Manchester City in the Barclays FA WSL in three previous meetings (D1 L2), with their only previous home match against their rivals ending 2-2 last season.

 πŸ”Ή Manchester City are one of only two sides that Manchester United have faced but haven’t beaten in the FA WSL (D1 L2), along with Chelsea (D1 L3).

 πŸ”Ή Manchester United have won six of their last seven Women’s Super League matches (L1), with their only defeat in this run a 6-1 defeat at home to Chelsea in their last home match. They have never lost consecutive home matches in the competition.



...How are your nerves?

Welcome to today's Matchday Centre for the big one... Manchester United v Manchester City in the Women's Super League!

The match will get underway at the Leigh Sports Village at 13:30pm (UK), as we look grab three points - and retain those all-importance local bragging rights - before the international break.

Team news will be announced at 12.30, with just over one hour's worth of build-up to get you in the matchday mood!

So sit tight and great ready for the Manchester Derby - COME ON CITY  πŸ”· 

Other games that day

  • Reading Women0
    Aston Villa Women0
  • Brighton and Hove Albion Women0
    Tottenham Hotspur Women0
  • Chelsea Women0
    Leicester City Women0
  • West Ham United Women0
    Birmingham City Women0
  • Arsenal Women0
    Everton Women0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 4 +14 12
2 Tottenham Hotspur Women 4 +5 12
3 Manchester United 5 +1 10
4 Chelsea Women 4 +10 9
5 West Ham United Women 4 +4 7
6 Aston Villa Women 4 -2 7
7 Brighton and Hove Albion Women 4 +4 6
8 Everton Women 4 -3 6
10 Leicester City Women 4 -9 0
11 Birmingham City Women 4 -10 0
12 Reading Women 4 -10 0
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