Clear wins for Man City & Man United Women

Manchester City’s two-goal Nikita Parris. (Photo: Jed Leicester for The FA)

Manchester City claimed their first FAWSL win of the season away to Everton, while Manchester United went back to the top of the Championship table by beating Sheffield United.

A quick Nikita Parris brace made sure of a victory for Manchester City against Everton at Southport FC.

Georgia Stanway fired Manchester City into a 13th-minute lead over Everton with a fine long-range effort.

Steph Houghton put a free kick just wide of the Everton goal and from a Caroline Weir corner, Danielle Turner had to clear a Jen Beattie header off the goal-line.

After the break, Kirstie Levell pushed Jill Scott’s header away from another Weir corner and she also saved the follow up.

However, two goals in a five-minute spell midway through the second half sealed the points, as Parris pounced to score from close range and then netted again from Lauren Hemp’s pull-back.

A quick counter-attack from the Toffees saw Claudia Walker’s long ball send Hannah Cain away but her powerful shot was stopped by Karen Bardsley.

Parris just missed out on a hat-trick with a header narrowly over the top but City did get a fourth goal in the last minute, Claire Emslie firing past the keeper from a tight angle.

Kirsty Hanson scored one and made another as Manchester United defeated Sheffield United in front of over 2,000 at Leigh Sports Village.

Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Manchester United won a penalty a dozen minutes in as Lauren James was fouled in the area by Danielle Cox and Katie Zelem stepped up to convert.

Althea Paul’s volley for Sheffield dropped just wide while Kirsty Hanson hit the bar at the other end for the hosts.

Nicola Hobbs did well to deny Zelem but after Chloe Dixon and Cox had chances for the Blades, Hanson doubled the advantage with a stunning strike on 40 minutes.

Hanson turned provider on 65 minutes, substitute Lizzie Arnot slotting home from close range to make it 3-0.

Manchester United now lead the table on goal-difference from Lewes and Spurs.