Manchester United Women picked up their third win in the WSL, comfortably defeating visitors Brighton and Hove Albion in a 4-0 victory.
Ella Toone opened the scoring in the first half and gave teammate Leah Galton the assist in the second. The visitors put on a brave fight, but substitute Adriana Leon put the final nail in the coffin, ensuring all three points for her team.
United started the game strong and the early pressure paid off within the first 15 minutes. Ona Batlle Toone connected with Ona Batlle’s cross into the box, nudging the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Play revolved around Toone during the first half as she scored United’s second goal barely 10 minutes later. Lucy Staniforth played a through ball to striker Leah Galton who could have gone for goal herself, but selflessly passed to Toone. She aimed the ball past Brighton’s advancing keeper to double her tally.
Toone and Galton were an unstoppable duo, once again linking up to get United’s third. Toone picked up the ball deep in the Brightons’ half and played a clever pass beyond their defense. First to react, Galton wasn’t going to miss her chance as she made it 3-0 to the home team.
On the other end, United’s keeper Mary Earps had quiet half except for a wonderful save to stop the Seagulls’ Elisabeth Terland from keeping her team in the match.
Brighton refused to go down quietly as Hope Powell’s team came into the second half a with a mission to equalise. They enjoyed large chunks of possession but couldn’t capitalise on them to convert. The Seagulls’ Jorja Fox flew down the wing and curled the ball towards goal, but wasn’t going to get past Earps.
Despite a brilliant effort by Brighton, United added to their scorecard to cement their victory.
Millie Turner maneuvered well to pass the ball to Galton, and while her first touch got away from her, it fell into the path of substitute Leon. The Canadian international fired the ball to make it 4-0, getting her first goal for the club as well.
The victory saw United move to the top of the table. Arsenal, despite winning their match, failed to overtake the Red Devils due to goal difference. United’s next match in the Super League is away against Leicester on Oct. 23rd.