Ten-Player United Return To WSL Summit With Win Over Tottenham
Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Manchester United returned to the top of the Women’s Super League(WSL) after edging Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1 in a fiery encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, despite midfielder Ella Toone seeing red.
Leah Galton, scoring her fifth goal of the season, had given the visitors a deserved lead 67th minute.
Marc Skinner’s side were pegged back by a wonderful solo strike from Bethany England eight minutes later.
The celebrations were ultimately short-lived, though, after Molly Bartrip turned substitute Lucia Garcia’s cross into her net just 14 seconds after Spurs drew level.
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Tempers flared thereafter, as Toone clashed with Eveliina Summanen before losing her cool and raising her hand to the Norwegian international, leaving the referee no choice but to serve Toone her marching orders in the 80th minute.
United hold on for a win which moves the team a point ahead of Chelsea FC at the top of the log.
Jordan Nobbs scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa thrashed Women’s Super League strugglers Brighton.
Julia Olme headed the home side in front after three minutes but Villa came storming back with five first-half goals to stun their hosts.
Carla Ward’s side drew level when Lucy Staniforth nodded in a 15th-minute corner and were ahead two minutes later as Kirsty Hanson volleyed in from Kenza Dali’s cross to finish off a lovely move.
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Hanson then turned provider with a hat-trick of assists before the break, twice teeing up Nobbs either side of squaring for Rachel Daly to score her 10th WSL goal of the season.
Danielle Carter pulled a goal back for Brighton from the penalty spot early in the second half but any thoughts of a comeback soon faded.
Nobbs completed her hat-trick with the pick of the goals in the 69th minute, the former Arsenal midfielder giving Brighton goalkeeper Lydia Williams no chance as she picked out the top corner from fully 30 yards out.
Victory takes Villa up to fifth in the table, while Brighton stay 10th, just two points clear of bottom side Leicester after the bottom earned a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
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