Earlier this month, Manchester City Women started 2019 with a bang, securing a place in the semi-final of the Women’s Continental Cup, beating Brighton and Hove Albion 7-1 at the CFA. City also regained top spot of the WSL when they beat West Ham Women FC 3-1, leapfrogging Arsenal after the Gooners fell to defeat at the hands of Chelsea. Goals from Lauren Hemp, Caroline Weir and Nikita Paris secured the victory that sees them go top of the table.
Nick Cushing’s side return to action this weekend at home, as they look to repeat their performance against Brighton, this time in the FA WSL. This is a 2pm kick off on Sunday 27th of January and you can buy tickets on the Manchester City Website – CLICK HERE
On the other side of Manchester, Manchester United Women also sealed their spot in the semi-final of the Continental Cup, knocking out WSL side West Ham Women FC with a 2-0 win. An own goal from Katie Longhurst and a strike in the second half by Jess Sigsworth means that we could be on track for an all-Manchester final.
United’s last league game vs Charlton on January 13th was abandoned due to a serious injury and their next fixture is in 4th Round of the Women’s FA Cup away at Brighton, on the 3rd February.
Both Manchester sides face London opposition in the semi-finals of the Continental Cup as the Reds head to Arsenal, whilst City are away to Chelsea. We’ll be crossing our fingers that both teams return with the win, and we can look forwards to our first modern-day women’s Manchester derby!
FC United Women cruised their way to the Manchester FA Women’s Challenge Cup Semi-Final with a 12-0 away win against Sale Ladies. Olivia Greenhalgh’s 19th minute strike was the pick of the goals, a long-range effort that flew in off the crossbar to give the Reds a three-goal lead in the first 20 minutes of the game.
There was no stopping FC United Women, as they approached half time with a 7-0 lead. United will find out their semi-final opponents on Sunday 17th February when the draw takes place after the conclusion of the other two confirmed quarter-final ties. They next play Sir Tom Finney FC away in the league this weekend.
In the GMWFL Division 1, there were plenty of goals to be seen too at the weekend, as Barr Hill ladies picked up a 3-2 win last Sunday against BLGCladies and Curzon Ashton also picked up a win with an emphatic 12-1 result against Didsbury FC.
Salford City Lionesses next game is also this Sunday, against Barr Hill Ladies in the League Challenge Cup Semi-Final, where they will be looking to carry over the momentum of their last game, which was an impressive 14-2 win over Rochdale in the GMWFL Division 1.