WSL ROUND-UP: Pressure increases on Gareth Taylor as Aston Villa lose

WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Pressure increases on Gareth Taylor as Aston Villa lose to Manchester City… while Ashleigh Neville scores wonder strike as Tottenham beat Leicester

  • Aston Villa beat Manchester City, with City boss Gareth Taylor under pressure 
  • Ashleigh Neville scored a brilliant goal in Tottenham’s victory against Leicester 
  • Paul Konchesky’s West Ham outfit managed to secure a win against Everton

There was plenty of entertainment on Sunday following the return of the Women’s Super League. 

Sportsmail‘s Kathryn Batte assesses the key talking points from Sunday’s games. 

Manchester City suffered an opening-day defeat at Aston Villa to increase the pressure on boss Gareth Taylor.

Gareth Taylor is under increased pressure after Manchester City’s defeat to Aston Villa

There is concern around the blue half of Manchester after losing key players in the summer and their performance at Villa did little to quell those anxieties. 

Alisha Lehmann gave the hosts the lead with a composed finish after City had given the ball away on the edge of their box. Things got worse for the visitors when they failed to clear a corner and new Villa signing Rachel Daly volleyed in for 2-0.

After a poor start City rallied before half-time when Laura Coombs pulled a goal back from the edge of the box.

Ashleigh Neville scored a wonder strike as Tottenham Women won against Leicester

The momentum shifted in the visitors’ favour as Khadija Shaw drew City level in the 53rd minute before Coombs netted again to put the away side in front for the first time. 

But Villa produced their own comeback as Kenza Dali made it 3-3 minutes later after pouncing on a poor pass from Steph Houghton.

Daly then grabbed the winner with a tap-in in the 76th minute to complete a perfect debut and a huge win for Carla Ward’s side.

Paul Konchesky’s West Ham United Women’s team managed to get the better of Everton

A wonder strike from Ashleigh Neville set Tottenham on their way to a 2-1 victory over Leicester. 

The defender hit a 40-yard strike into the top corner and Drew Spence doubled Spurs’ lead before half-time.

Spence then scored at the other end to give the Foxes a route back into the game but they were unable to find an equaliser. 

Paul Konchesky won the battle of the new managers as his West Ham side beat Brian Sorensen’s Everton. 

Lisa Evans scored the only goal when she headed in from a corner just before half-time.




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