Wed. May 18th, 2022

A 10-woman Manchester City managed to hold on to a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.

City have never lost to United in the Women’s Super League, but an expulsion and a late-game draw from United with goals from Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo looked like their poor form would continue.

Goals from Khadija Shaw and Ellen White, however, ensured they left their rivals with one point.

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“It was a roller coaster in a game. When you potentially stare at a 2-1 loss, it is reluctantly a reasonable point,” City manager Gareth Taylor said.

“The broadcast is going to affect us. I was really close. I thought it was a yellow card. I hear it was a little loud. I have to see it again.

“I thought we showed great character, determination and spirit. I thought the girls did great in that regard.”

City were reduced to 10 players in the 35th minute after Georgia Stanway landed a high tackle on Leah Galton’s thigh, leaving some uncertainty for the referee to send her off.

The depleted side, however, jumped right back from the dispatch, albeit with a goal three minutes later. Shaw headed a post from Demi Stokes to give City the lead.

Taylor replaced goal scorer Shaw with Ballon d’Or nominee Ellen White on the hour mark in an attempt to push City across the line.

Staniforth had other plans, however, and she equalized the sides for 72 minutes with a heel swing close to goal past Karima Taieb.

The goal gave Marc Skinner’s side boost and Alessia Russo helped them take the lead for 75 minutes as her shot landed in the bottom corner of City’s net.

The ever-dependent White, however, was there to bring City level back for 78 minutes as Mary Earps brilliantly defended a shot, but only as far as the English farmer who made no mistake with his finish.

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