#FAWSL: Manchester United Women make winning start

Man Utd celberate their second goal
Manchester United’s Ona Batlle (centre left) celebrates scoring her side’s second goal. (Photo: Martin Rickett via Imago)

Manchester United began the new Barclays FA Women’s Super League season with a 2-0 victory over Reading, who had been denied an equaliser moments before the Reds’ second goal.

The Royals had begun well in front of a crowd of 2,111, with Brooke Chaplen finding space but firing over the bar but a defensive error let in Leah Galton, who was unable to hit the open goal when under pressure.

United did make the breakthrough on 40 minutes though, Ella Toone’s perfectly-weighted pass playing in Kirsty Hanson to finish past Grace Moloney.

Chaplen hit the crossbar early in the second half with the ball deemed to have not crossed the line, Reading’s frustration swiftly compounded as One Batlle doubled the hosts’ advantage with Toone again the provider.

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