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18 August 2019 Venue Boldmere St Michaels Attendance

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Aston Villa
3 - 2
Sheffield United

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Villa 3-2 United Women

18 August 2019

Sheffield United Women fell to their first defeat in eight games after leading 2-0 in their season-opening FA Women's Championship game against Aston Villa.

Debut goals from forwards Olivia Fergusson and Katie Wilkinson had put the Blades two up inside 25 minutes but a hat-trick from Villa forward Melissa Johnson saw the hosts take all three points.

The home side started the better and had a golden chance to take the lead when Becky Flaherty was beaten to the ball by Sophie Haywood, only for Leandra Little to get back brilliantly to deny a certain goal.

It took Carla Ward's side a little while to settle but they took the lead on ten minutes after capitalising on a poor pass out from goalkeeper Sian Rogers.

Keri Matthews quickly found Wilkinson who in-turn found former Villa forward Fergusson who curled home her first goal for the club.

Just over ten minutes later and the Blades doubled their lead. Wilkinson, who proved a handful for the Villa defence throughout, was fouled by Marisa Ewers inside the box and the striker stepped up herself to send home her own first goal for the club from the penalty spot.

Haywood was once again denied after rounding Flaherty, this time new club captain Sophie Barker getting back to block a shot on goal.

Matthews saw a goal disallowed for offside and the hosts pulled a critical goal back shortly before the break when Johnson scored her first of three by slotting the ball low beyond Flaherty.

The tied continued to turn early in the second half and it was Johnson again who proved the key for the hosts.

This time her effort from all of thirty yards flew into the top corner to level the scores and leave the Blades with it all to do again.

The comeback was complete when Johnson swept home her third with 20 minutes to go, but United did come back fighting in search of salvaging a point.

Barker forced Rogers into a save from the edge of the box before the goalkeeper did well to push away a fierce effort from Veatriki Sarri.

Naomi Hartley saw a volley blocked in front of goal before Wilkinson headed over from a corner in what turned out to be the last attack of the game.

Blades: Flaherty, S. Barker, Tierney, Little, Hartley, Cusack, Wilkinson, Matthews (Dixon 60), Sarri, Johnson (Tinsley 76), Fergusson.
Unused: Batty, Paul, Ford.

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