Manchester United Win WSL Opener with Late Williams Goal 

Manchester United Win WSL Opener with Late Williams Goal 

--Manchester United Women's stunning comeback in the WSL opener, overcoming a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1, with Rachel Williams scoring the late winner.
--Lucia Garcia's crucial equalizer and Kirsty Hanson's red card changed the game.
--A touching tribute to Maddy Cusack, with players wearing black armbands and observing a minute of silence before the match.

Oct.1:Manchester United secured a thrilling victory in their debut Women’s Super League (WSL) match against Aston Villa, overcoming a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 at Villa Park on Sunday. Substitute Rachel Williams emerged as the hero, netting the crucial late goal.

With the game deep into injury time, Nikita Parris delivered a perfect cross into the box, finding Rachel Williams. Williams’ header across the goal eluded Villa’s goalkeeper, Daphne van Domselaar, sealing the win in dramatic fashion.

Lucia Garcia, who also scored for United, expressed her joy, saying, “It was an incredible match, and we fought relentlessly until the end. We’re thrilled to have scored those two goals and turned the game around. It was challenging, but we never gave up.”

Manchester United, who finished as runners-up in the previous WSL season, found themselves trailing when Rachel Daly scored for Villa in the 76th minute. Daly, the top scorer in the previous season, controlled a pass from Adriana Leon before blasting it past United’s goalkeeper, Mary Earps.

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Villa’s lead, however, was short-lived, as just two minutes later, Kirsty Hanson was shown a red card for a high tackle on Hayley Ladd. United capitalized on the extra player advantage, and a scramble from a corner kick resulted in the ball falling to Lucia Garcia. Her quick and precise shot found the back of the net, leveling the score.

With the momentum on their side and an extra player, Manchester United knew they still had time to snatch a victory. The match paid tribute to Maddy Cusack, the Sheffield United player who tragically passed away on September 20th, with all players wearing black armbands and a minute of silence observed before the game.

In this thrilling encounter, Manchester United showed their resilience and determination, marking an exciting start to their WSL season with a memorable win.

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