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25 August 2019 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Sheffield United
7 - 1
Leicester City

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United Women 7-1 Leicester - report

25 August 2019

Sheffield United Women recorded their first win of the FA Women's Championship season and bounced back from opening day defeat to put seven goals past Leicester City at Olympic Legacy Park.

Two goals each from striker Katie Wilkinson and debutant Aimee Palmer accounted for the bulk of United's goals, while Sophie Barker, Veatriki Sarri and Olivia Fergusson also got in on the action.

It was the captain Barker who opened the scoring after just 90 seconds. Barker's corner from the right missed everyone and landed in the corner of the net to give Carla Ward's side the perfect start to the match.

It laid down the marker for United to go on and add three more before the game reached the 25 minute mark. Wilkinson pounced when Fergusson saw an effort cleared off the line to make it two, before the vice-captain hammered home another effort six minutes later from the edge of the box.

The Blades were utterly dominant and saw Fergusson go close again while Leandra Little saw a header hit the bar early on before Palmer scored her first for the club.

A spectacular cross-field ball from Sarri was taken down nicely by the Palmer before the midfielder unleashed a powerful effort into the roof of the net to open her Blades account.

The pressure continued and the fifth goal came on the stroke of half-time when Little saw a header handled in the area, and Sarri stepped up to slot a low effort into the corner of the net.

It had been the perfect opening half but it was Leicester who went closest when the game resumed, Becky Flaherty doing well to knock away Annabel Blanchard's low effort.

The final two Blades goals came within minutes of each other. Palmer turned provider to slip in Fergusson who managed to nudge the ball home despite being clattered heavily by the Leicester goalkeeper.

Palmer curled home her second with a free-kick just minutes later to top a player of the match performance from the Manchester United loanee.

Jade Pennock returned from injury for the final half an hour but as the hot conditions took their toll, the Blades couldn't add another goal to their tally.

It was in fact the Foxes who had the final say when Lachante Paul curled home a consolation with ten minutes to go, but the points had been wrapped up by Ward's side much earlier.

Blades: Flaherty, S. Barker, Little, Hartley, Cusack, Wilkinson (Dixon 40), Matthews (Johnson 53), Palmer, Sarri, Fergusson (Pennock 62), Fletcher.
Unused: Batty, Paul, Ford, Tinsley.

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