Aston Villa Women edge Man United on pens in Conti Cup

Aston Villa v Manchester United - FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup
Rachel Daly and team mates of Aston Villa celebrate their victory after a penalty shoot out. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The opening FA Women’s Continental League Cup group stage game saw Aston Villa level against Manchester United and then win the shoot-out.

Villa’s Rachel Daly hit the bar from the edge of the box but United took the lead after a quarter of an hour, Nikita Parris firing home from 20 yards.

Sophie Baggaley turned an Emily Gielnik angled shot round the post in first-half stoppage-time but Villa wasted the resulting corner.

Villa’s Laura Brown hit the post after the break and on 72 minutes Daly headed the equaliser from a Kenza Dali free kick.

Aston Villa v Manchester United - FA Womens Continental League Cup
Manchester United’s Nikita Parris scores the first goal. (Natalie Mincher/SPP)

Hannah Blundell saved United with a late clearance off the line, then at the death Anna Leat rushed out to deny Ella Toone.

Aston Villa gained a bonus point with a 4-3 shoot-out win, Maz Pacheco tucking away the decider after seven spot-kicks were saved.

Glasgow City sign Spanish midfielder Beatriz Prades Insa

Would you like to read more women’s football news just like this? Sign up to receive the She Kicks Women’s Football newsletter