We maintained our place at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table on Sunday with an important 2-0 victory over Manchester United.
Kim Little started on what was her 100th league appearance, while Vivianne Miedema broke yet another record, becoming the first WSL player in history to score against every team she’s faced.
After being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur last week, Jonas Eidevall’s side were keen to get back to winning ways and they certainly started on the front foot, as Beth Mead rattled the woodwork from close range after a well-disguised fake shot.
We continued to find joy down the left flank with Katie McCabe making a number of surging runs into the penalty area, creating chance after chance, before Noelle Maritz saw her powerful effort at the far post tipped behind for a corner.
Little dominated proceedings throughout the first half, but we were unfortunately forced into an early precautionary change, as our captain was replaced by Jordan Nobbs. Fresh from being recalled to the latest Lionesses squad, our No 8 provided instant energy and creativity to our midfield, and it wasn’t long before we broke the deadlock.
Less than three minutes after the restart, Miedema picked up the ball 30 yards out and pushed towards goal, before firing a driven effort beyond Mary Earps and into the bottom left corner.
The Netherlands international has now scored 13 goals in just 16 appearances across all competitions this season.
We didn’t stop there, though, and following more intelligent play from Miedema to hunt for McCabe inside the area, the latter was caught by a late challenge and the referee instantly pointed to the spot. McCabe stepped up and made no mistake in finding the top left corner for her fourth league goal of the season.
It was a complete performance from start to finish and late on Miedema had the chance to make it three, but her delicate curling free-kick could only clip the woodwork, concluding a fine afternoon at Leigh Sports Village.
WHAT IT MEANS
Our players will now head away on international duty, before returning to prepare for the Vitality Women’s FA Cup final on Sunday, December 5 against Chelsea.
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