Man City forward Georgia Stanway is sent off in the WSL Manchester derby for a NASTY challenge on Leah Galton’s upper leg… but the Blues snatch the lead before half-time despite being a player down
- Man City lead United at the end of the first-half in the WSL Manchester derby
- Georgia Stanway was sent off for a mistimed challenge on forward Leah Galton
- But the Blues took the lead three minutes later through Bunny Shaw’s header
- The derby clash is seen as a must-win for Gareth Taylor’s side who sit ninth
Manchester City went down to 10 in the Women’s Super League Manchester derby after a reckless challenge from Georgia Stanway.
Stanway was given a straight red for a thigh-high, studs-up challenge on Leah Galton 10 minutes before the break.
The England international completely mistimed the challenge and went in studs up, hitting Galton just below the quad.
Man City’s Georgia Stanway (centre) is shown a red card following a challenge on Leah Galton
The nasty tackle was a clear red which even Stanway herself couldn’t dispute and the referee had no option to send the 22-year-old off.
Galton appeared to be suffering some pain following the foul and received medical attention but recovered to remain on the pitch.
Yet, despite going a player down, City managed to snatch the lead just before half-time.
The nasty tackle was a clear red after the City star planted her studs on Galton’s (right) leg
The United forward went down following the foul and received medical attention on the pitch
Three minutes after Stanway left the pitch, Bunny Shaw, was brought in to replace Ellen White, scored a superb goal after Demi Stokes curled a beautiful cross into the middle. Shaw broke away from Aoife Mannion to plant an accomplished header into the bottom corner.
City have suffered an embarrassing and limp start to the season with just one win in the WSL so far this season.
Originally considered a mere blip for an injury-hit side, Gareth Taylor’s side headed into the derby looking for a vital win.
Meanwhile, Marc Skinner’s Reds went into the sold-out crunch clash as favourites, probably for the first time in WSL history, on the back of three wins from four that sits them in fourth, just behind of last season’s champions Chelsea on goal difference.
Bunny Shaw handed the visitors the lead before half-time from Demi Stokes’s curled cross