#ContiCup: Manchester United Women win local derby

Katie Zelem's free-kick goal set up a Manchester derby win for United
Katie Zelem’s free-kick set Manchester United on the path to a derby victory . (Photo: Michael Zemanek for The FA)

Man United beat Man City in The FA Women’s Continental League Cup, West Ham scored two injury-time goals to rescue a point against Spurs.

Conti Cup results – 20 October 

Group A

Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Durham (Att: 276)
Coventry United 1-5 Liverpool (Att: 802)

Group B

Arsenal 4-0 Charlton Athletic (Att: 1,171)
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Bristol City
London City Lionesses 0-3 London Bees (Att: 209)

Group C

Leicester City 1-5 Birmingham City (Att: 358)
Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City (Att: 4,042)

Group D

Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea (Att: 807)
Reading 3-2 Lewes (Att: 709)
West Ham United 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs won shoot-out 4-2)

United win Manchester derby

Manchester United gained revenge for their league defeat by Manchester City with a 2-0 Conti Cup  victory over their rivals. Katie Zelem’s netted a seventh-minute free-kick, Kirsty Hanson was only denied by a finger-tip Ellie Roebuck save but set up the second goal for Jess Sigsworth. City finished with ten players after Keira Walsh received a straight red card for a foul on Hanson.

Late drama in London derby

Kenza Dali ht late leveller for West Ham
West Ham’s Kenza Dali denied Spurs all three points at the death. (Photo: Joe Toth for The FA)

Tottenham’s Rianna Dean turned the ball in after Coral Haines effort was parried by Anna Moorhouse in the second half at West Ham. Kate Longhurst was denied by the Spurs’ crossbar before Josie Green hit the visitors’ second from outside the box. An incredible comeback then saw the Hammers score twice in added time through Martha Thomas and a Kenza Dali free-kick, although Spurs took the extra point on penalties with the decider converted by Rachel Furness.

Fara foils Rooks

Reading hero, Fara Williams
Royals’ Fara Williams broke Rooks’ hearts. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

Reading led at the Madejski Stadium through Fara Williams after a shot from Brooke Chaplen was saved but Lewes threatened a surprise with two goals from distance by Emily Donovan and Ellie Noble. Williams herself then scored from long range to level it up at 2-2 on 55 minutes and dramatically hit the winner in injury-time.

Bristol bag points at Brighton

Abi Harrison struck with Bristol City’s first chance of the game at Brighton and Ebony Salmon increased the lead in first-half stoppage-time. The arrears were halved on the hour mark when Kayleigh Green won and converted a penalty.

England scores two, makes the third

Chelsea were held to a goalless first period at Crystal Palace but then Beth England struck twice in 4 minutes, firstly from a Maren Mjelde ball into the box and then with a header from Erin Cuthbert’s set-piece. England then turned provider as Drew Spence made it 3-0.

Durham take revenge on Rovers

Durham hit back swiftly for last week’s league defeat to Blackburn by beating Rovers 3-1 away. Kathryn Hill bundled in a Beth Hepple corner in from close range but Saffron Jordan equalised after Natasha Flint’s free-kick was pushed into her path. Becky Salicki restored the lead off a cross from Megan Bell, who moments later had an effort saved but with Hepple slotting home the rebound.

Linnett hits her first Liverpool hat-trick

Liverpool's three-goal Kirsty Linnett.
Liverpool’s three-goal Kirsty Linnett. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

Niamh Charles nodded in a corner by Kirsty Linnett, who then made it 2-0 after just 5 minutes when following up Rinsola Babajide’s shot. Although Coventry quickly replied through Rosie Axten, Linnett headed in a Babajide cross and completed her first-half hat-trick from the spot. Jess Clarke marked her 50th appearance for the Reds with a goal from Ashley Hodson’s delivery, Coventry later had Becky Anderson sent off.

Van de Donk at the double

Jen Beattie broke the deadlock after 34 minutes for Arsenal against Charlton, Danielle van de Donk doubling the advantage before the break. Beth Mead got the third, Van de Donk added her second but the Gunners played the last few minutes with ten when Vivianne Miedema was taken off as a precaution.

Bees beat Lionesses

London Bees keeper Sarah Quantrill tipped over Harley Bennett’s long range drive early on before Bonnie Horwood rifled in her first goal for the club. Merrick Will headed home their second against London City Lionesses and a deflected Lauren Pickett effort settled the match at 3-0.

Birmingham put five past Foxes

Rachel Williams got Birmingham City in front at Leicester and then set up Lucy Staniforth for the second. A quick double before the hour mark saw Williams nod home Sarah Mayling’s cross and Adrienne Jordan make it 4-0. The Foxes got one back from a Lachante Paul penalty but Staniforth later made it 5-1.

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