Manchester City suffered a Manchester Derby nightmare as they were beaten 2-0 at Leigh Sports Village in the Continental Cup.
City dominated possession in the first ten minutes and looked to tire out the opposition. But it was United who struck the early blow when Houghton brought down Galton on the edge of the box. The United captain Zelem dispatched the resulting free-kick expertly passed Roebuck to give the hosts the lead.
It was a bad start for City, and it nearly got worse when a whipped ball from the right found Sigsworth at the back post before Weir managed to divert the ball away from danger.
Cushing’s side however, grew into the game as the half went on and nearly capitalised on a slip when Walsh played in Beckie down the right. Her low cross evaded both Bremer and Weir who couldn’t sort their feet out to equalise.
Weir again nearly latched on to a misplaced pass in the United defence but couldn’t break away from the chasing pack as the move broke down. And City once again had Ellie Roebuck to thank when she tipped over an effort from Hanson just before the break to keep the score at 1-0.
But just like the first half, United had one chance in the second, and they took it. Hansons cross found Sigsworth, and she made no mistake this time, doubling United’s lead.
The Blues day went from bad to worse when a rash and late challenge from Keira Walsh earned her a straight red card and meant City were down to ten.
That decision did kill off the game for City who were chasing United shadows and with the first defeat of the season, Cushing will know major improvements have to take place.
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