Ladies hit back to pip Villa
- Mon 25 Oct 2010, 2:35PM
- Posted by Niki Taylor
City Ladies beat Aston Villa 2-1 in a hard-fought victory that maintains their unbeaten record at the top of the Northern Division of the FA Women's Premier League.
A dramatic start saw Becky Lee’s shot rebound off the bar after just 10 minutes. Five minutes later the Blues came closer to breaking the deadlock again, but Krystle Johnson's long-range effort was saved by the Villa keeper.
Play was held up after a challenge on Linda Sheppard meant the midfielder had to be taken to hospital with torn ankle ligaments.
City appeared unsettled when te game restarted and Villa came close to taking the lead on two occasions - one header produced a fine save from City keeper Andrea Worrall, the other attempt was denied by the woodwork.
However, it was the Blues who took the lead on 38 minutes when Sarah Danby produced a fine diving header from Johnson’s cross.
Villa hit back after the interval threatening City's goal with a series of corners. But it was Melissa Lawley, a constant threat for Villa on the right, whose solo run and shot on 70 minutes brought the equaliser.
Yet the Blues never gave up and City substitute Abbie McManus headed the winner from a corner in the 80th minute to keep the Ladies' unbeaten league record intact.
"It was a disappointing performance,” said manager Leigh Wood. “We never really got going. Villa put us under a great deal of pressure, especially in the second half.
"But credit must go to the players as they dug in, showed great character, and came away with the points.”