Man City forward Georgia Stanway is sent off in the WSL Manchester derby for a NASTY challenge on Leah Galton’s upper leg… but the Blues still salvage a 2-2 draw
- Man City drew with United away from home in a thrilling 2-2 Manchester Derby
- Georgia Stanway was sent off for a horror foul on Leah Galton before half-time
- But the Blues took the lead three minutes later through Bunny Shaw’s header
- Second-half goals from Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo gave United the lead
- But City star Ellen White equalised just four minutes later to salvage a point
Manchester City went down to 10 in a thrilling Women’s Super League Manchester derby after a reckless challenge from Georgia Stanway.
Stanway was given a straight red for a thigh-high, studs-up challenge on Leah Galton 10 minutes before the break.
The England international completely mistimed the challenge and went in studs up, hitting Galton just below the quad.
Man City’s Georgia Stanway (centre) is shown a red card following a challenge on Leah Galton
The nasty tackle was a clear red which even Stanway herself couldn’t dispute and the referee had no option but to send the 22-year-old off.
Galton appeared to be suffering some pain following the foul and received medical attention but recovered to remain on the pitch.
Yet, despite going a player down, City managed to snatch the lead just before half-time.
The nasty tackle was a clear red after the City star planted her studs on Galton’s (right) leg
The United forward went down following the foul and received medical attention on the pitch
Three minutes after Stanway left the pitch, Bunny Shaw, who was brought on to replace Ellen White, scored a superb goal after Demi Stokes curled a beautiful cross into the middle. Shaw broke away from Aoife Mannion to plant an accomplished header into the bottom corner.
United finally benefitted from their on-pitch advantage after a series of chances in the second-half when substitute Lucy Staniforth found the net in the 72nd minute.
After coming on just past the hour mark, the midfielder levelled for the hosts with a clever back heel from a corner.
A mere three minutes later, the Reds had the wind in their sails as Alessia Russo managed to get a shot away that squeezed into the corner past Karima Taieb to put United in front.
Bunny Shaw handed the visitors the lead before half-time from Demi Stokes’s curled cross
Lucy Staniforth (left) equalised for Man United after being substituted on after 64 minutes
But City star Ellen White came to the Blues’ rescue to almost immediately equalise and secure a point.
Lauren Hemp hit the bar from distance, which may have gone in itself, but substitute White was waiting, ready to hammer home the loose ball to make sure.
City have suffered an embarrassing and limp start to the season with just one win in the WSL so far.
Originally considered a mere blip for an injury-hit side, Gareth Taylor’s side headed into the derby looking for a vital win.
Meanwhile, Marc Skinner’s Reds went into the sold-out crunch clash as favourites, probably for the first time in WSL history, on the back of three wins from four that sits them in fourth, just behind of last season’s champions Chelsea on goal difference.
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