Matthew Appleby was at the Leigh Sports Village for Impetus last night to capture all the big match action as top WSL heavyweights battled it out (20/4/23).
Above: Arsenal tackling denies Manchester United a chance last night. Photo: Matthew Appleby for Impetus.
Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal
Manchester United followed up their qualification for the FA Cup Final by going four points clear at the top of the WSL table with victory over Arsenal.
Alessia Russo’s strike deep into first-half injury time from Nikita Parris’ pass – ironically United’s first shot on target all night – was ultimately the difference.
Whilst Marc Skinner’s team’s victory was vital, thoughts dwelt on a serious looking injury to Lionesses’ captain Leah Williamson whose leg appeared to buckle underneath her around the 15 minute mark.
Chelsea have two games in hand on United which, if both were won would see Emma Hayes’ side leapfrog the North-West outfit at the top of the ladder with it all to play for in the final five weeks of the season.
Matthew Appleby’s exclusive photo gallery for Impetus from Leigh Sports Village:
Teams: MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Earps, Batlle, Le Tissier, Mannion, Blundell, Ladd, Zelem, Parris, Toone, Galton, Russo. Substitutes used: Williams (for Russo 72′), Thomas (for Parris 88′), Turner (for Toone 88′).
Scorer: Russo 45+6′.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Zinsberger, Weinroither, Wubben-Moy, Carvalho Souza, Maritz, Maanum, Williamson, Walti, Pelova, Blackstenius, Kuhl. Substitutes used: Queiroz Costa (for Williamson 15′), Beattie (45′), Catley (for Kuhl 45′), Taylor (for Queiroz Costa 73)’.
Referee: Abigail Byrne.