Over 40,000 see Manchester City Women go top with derby win

Manchester City v Manchester United - Barclays Women's Super League
Manchester City’s Khadija Shaw celebrates scoring her team’s third goal. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Manchester City moved top of the Barclays Women’s Super League with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in front of 40,086.

A big couple of moments around the 37th-minute mark saw Jess Park turn in a Lauren Hemp cross to give City the lead, then Khadija Shaw – who escaped being given offside in the build-up to the goal – was flagged when she netted what would have been a second goal.

Khiara Keating earlier turned a Nikita Parris strike round the post and tipped a deflected Lucia Garcia onto the crossbar and over, while at the other end Park’s drive was pushed out by Mary Earps and Yui Hasegawa’s 25-yard shot went narrowly wide.

United might have been down to ten when Hannah Blundell avoided a quick second yellow card but her side were two down just before the break, Park directing in a volley following a corner.

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Alex Greenwood (Manchester City) gets away from Nikita Parris of Manchester United. (Sean Chandler / SPP)

Thirty seconds after the break and Park turned provider, playing in Shaw to find the bottom corner.

United pulled a goal back with 17 minutes left on the clock, Blundell’s cross deflected into her own net by Kerstin Casparij.

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