Manchester United have taken the Women’s Super League title combat all the way in which to the final day of the season after Lucia Garcia scored a stoppage time winner to beat 10-participant Manchester City 2-1 at Leigh Sports Village.
The hosts wanted to win or else Chelsea, 2-0 winners over Arsenal earlier within the day, would have clinched the trophy earlier than the ultimate spherical of matches.
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Playing like a group with their complete season on the road, United fired out of the blocks and had been shortly rewarded for his or her optimistic play when a half-clearance dropped to Hayley Ladd to twist her effort into the highest proper nook.
Despite their benefit, or perhaps due to it, the hosts eased off of the throttle to open the sport up and rode their luck when Chloe Kelly might solely cannon Bunny Shaw’s blocked effort off of the upright.
Having grown into the sport, City drew one other sterling block within the field, this time from Hannah Blundell to disclaim Filippa Angeldahl.
Heading into half-time a objective down however effectively within the sport, City’s probabilities of turning the tide took a meaty blow when Ellie Roebuck got here steaming out of her field and cleared Nikita Parris out, prompting a straight crimson card from referee Rebecca Welch.
Just as she had within the first half, Kelly noticed an effort, albeit a deflected one, bounce off of the woodwork moments earlier than Shaw was denied a transparent penalty when Ladd kicked her boot, quite than the ball, within the field.
A flurry of possibilities got here the way in which of the hosts, however, identical to final outing, they didn’t take these introduced and their title problem seemed doomed when Angeldahl’s cross-shot snuck underneath the bar within the 68th minute.
With the three factors essential to each group’s seasons, the perimeters amped up the stress to go for a winner because the clock ticked down and never lengthy after City sub Hayley Raso despatched an effort simply huge of Mary Earps’ publish, the United gamers that got here off the bench mixed to grab a dramatic stoppage-time winner.
From Blundell’s deep cross, Vilde Boe Risa nodded the ball again into the mixer for Garcia to get out of her toes and lash residence, beating 18-yr-outdated Khiara Keating within the City objective.
The outcome means United nonetheless have an opportunity of claiming the WSL title subsequent week away to Liverpool ought to Chelsea both lose to Reading or if Chelsea draw and United discover greater than 5 unanswered targets.
For City, the loss retains them in fourth and needing a jaw-dropping win in opposition to Everton subsequent week in addition to an Arsenal loss, if they’re to climb into the third European berth.