By: Michael Plant, Manchester United Women’s FC
Manchester United Women stretched their winning run to five games on Sunday, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Everton Women, in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup. United’s Lauren James, Katie Zelem and Amy Turner scored the decisive goals at Southport’s Haig Avenue, which ensured we made it two wins from two in the tournament.
The Reds started the game well but didn’t manage to create a meaningful chance until the 12th minute, when Leah Galton latched onto a corner into the box and turned it goal-bound. However, it was well saved by Everton goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela.
Yet, the Toffees stopper stood no chance soon after, when James grabbed the opening goal of the match.
Casey Stoney’s side has been lauded throughout the Women’s game for our high-pressing style, and again it proved rewarding for United in the 22nd minute when Kirsty Hanson won the ball high up the pitch and released James.
The Reds’ no.16 unleashed a bullet of an effort that crashed into the back of the net and gave the visitors a deserved lead in the League Cup clash.
Everton was struggling to deal with our free-flowing attack and United nearly doubled the lead in the 28th minute when Hanson again caused the hosts problems from the right flank.
The winger sent in a wicked cross that was well met by Mille Turner, but Korpela produced a fantastic stop from point-blank range to deny the Reds defender, before a few minutes later, James hit the side netting.
Everton then went close to a rare Abbie McManus mistake. The England international took a loose touch, which was pounced on by the Toffees’ Hannah Cain. She delivered a powerful effort, but United keeper Mary Earps was more than a match to it and pushed it over the crossbar.
United produced another late chance when Turner again headed the ball towards goal from an in-swinging Jackie Groenen cross, but this time it sailed wide of Everton’s far post.