Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United: Leah Galton and Ella Toone score at Bescot Stadium


Leah Galton’s opener for Manchester United Women at Bescot Stadium came in the 25th minute

Manchester United maintained their unbeaten Women’s Super League start with a goal in each half to earn a comfortable win over Aston Villa.

The early leaders recorded a sixth win in eight to go four points clear thanks to cool finishes from Leah Galton and Ella Toone at Bescot Stadium.

But victory came at cost after the early loss of Dutch international Jackie Groenen with a head injury.

The midfielder was replaced in the 11th minute after trying to play on.

After a heavy fall, Groenen got back to her feet only to go down again 90 seconds later.

After completing an on-field assessment, the United medical team decided that she could not continue and, although Groenen argued, she was replaced by Lucy Staniforth.

United then went in front when Galton’s right-foot shot found the bottom-left corner.

But, despite having the lion’s share of possession and creating more chances than their Midlands hosts, it took until the 89th minute for Toone to seal the points when she latched onto a rebound 30 yards out to neatly chip home.

Jackie Groenen's concussion injury came in the 11th minute in Walsall
Jackie Groenen’s concussion injury came in the 11th minute in Walsall

Line-ups

Aston Villa Women

  • 29Weiß
  • 4Franklin-Fraiture
  • 5N’Dow
  • 15Haigh
  • 13Siems
  • 10Petzelberger
  • 21EwersSubstituted forSymeat 80′minutes
  • 6Asante
  • 7FollisSubstituted forAbreu Sousa Silvaat 57′minutes
  • 22HaylesSubstituted forHuttonat 80′minutes
  • 17HaywoodSubstituted forArthurat 67′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Rogers
  • 3Ale
  • 8Arthur
  • 11West
  • 12Hutton
  • 14Syme
  • 19Abreu Sousa Silva
  • 23Hanssen

Man Utd Women

  • 27Earps
  • 20Smith
  • 4Turner
  • 21Turner
  • 17Batlle
  • 12Ladd
  • 14GroenenSubstituted forStaniforthat 11′minutes
  • 77Heath
  • 7Toone
  • 11Galton
  • 16JamesSubstituted forRossat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ramsey
  • 3Okvist
  • 5McManus
  • 10Zelem
  • 13Fuso
  • 19Ross
  • 37Staniforth

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