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Manchester United 3-0 United Women - report

20 September 2018

United's women put in a valiant performance against Manchester United, coming away defeated 3-0 but having done themselves proud against the strongest side in the division.

The Blades even tested Man United's defence at times and should have seen themselves going in level at the break but the hosts showed their quality to punish United when it mattered.

An even first ten minutes saw Carla Ward's side defend stoutly until Ellie Fletcher conceded a penalty for a foul on Lauren James, gifting the hosts the chance to take the lead.

Katie Zelem stepped up and despite Nicola Hobbs going the right way, the midfielder's penalty found the bottom corner.

Kirsty Hanson hit the crossbar with a curling effort before the Blades passed up two huge chances to go in at the break at 1-1.

Striker Chloe Dixon hesitated whilst in on goal, allowing former Blades youth graduate Amy Turner the chance to deny her before Danielle Cox was denied at point-blank range by Siobhan Chamberlain from the resulting corner.

Almost as soon as it should have been 1-1, it was 2-0. After her earlier effort, Hanson's radar was more accurate this time as her spectacular beat Hobbs and nestled in the corner of the net.

It was a blow for a Blades side which had more than competed with Man United during the first half but Ward's side didn't let their heads drop after the break.

Substitute Lizzie Arnot added a third after Hanson this time turned creator, beating Ellie Gilliatt and putting in a cross the Scotland winger couldn't miss just after the hour mark.

Blades continued to push and did themselves no harm with a more than creditable performance, only substitute Aimee Palmer coming close in the closing stages with a fierce effort which also hit the crossbar.

Blades: Hobbs, Fletcher (Kemp 65), Cox, Ryan, Gilliatt, Pennock, Barker, Tierney, Paul (Jones 57), Rayner (Barker 88), Dixon.
Unused: Brooks, Ford, Marsden, Cresswell.

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