Aston Villa 4-3 Manchester City: Rachel Daly scores twice on debut as hosts win seven-goal thriller

Rachel Daly joined Villa after six years with the US team Houston Dash

Rachel Daly scored twice on her debut as Aston Villa won a seven-goal thriller against Manchester City in their Women’s Super League opener at Villa Park.

The result is Villa’s first win against the Blues, having won their previous four meetings 17-0 until Sunday.

Daly, 30, arrived from the Houston Dash in the summer and established himself as a left-back in England’s Euro 2022 triumph, but showed his versatility with a role as an exemplary striker in Birmingham.

A tackle on Spanish midfielder Laia Aleixandri played a big part in the opening goal, allowing Swiss striker Alisha Lehmann to break into the City box and fire into the bottom left corner.

The home side deservedly doubled their lead when Daly curled a right-footed effort into the top corner after City had missed a corner.

It was a difficult opening period for Gareth Taylor’s side, who welcomed back captain Steph Houghton with an Achilles injury, but struggled to find their rhythm early on as they adjusted to the loss of Keira Walsh. world record deal and many other star players this summer.

However, a mistake by Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, who tipped a Laura Coombs shot over her line, was the catalyst for City’s fightback.

Khadija Shaw equalized from Houghton’s flick across goal and less than 90 seconds later Coombs headed home Chloe Kelly’s cross to put the visitors ahead.

But in a foreboding move, France midfielder Kenza Dali leveled for Carla Ward’s side by deflecting a 20-yard effort before Daly powered in her second of the game to round off the scoring and inflict City’s first opening day defeat on eight. the years

More to follow.

The eleven

Aston Villa Women

training 4-3-3

  • 1Hampton
  • 2Mayling
  • 15Patten
  • 14Turner
  • 33Pacheco
  • 10Dali
  • 6The lanes
  • 19blind sourcereplaced byGielnikin 80′minutes
  • 7Lehmannreplaced byGregoryin 80′minutes
  • 8Dalyreplaced byMcLoughlinin 90+9′minutes
  • 20Hanson


  • 9Gielnik
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Gregory
  • 21With you
  • 26Goodwin
  • 28Rabjohn
  • 32McAteer

Man City Women

training 4-3-3

  • 1Orcaza
  • 14Morgan
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Greenwood
  • 3Stokes
  • 4Alexander
  • 12Angeldahlreplaced byFowlerin 45′minutes
  • 7Coombs
  • 9Kellyreplaced bySatinin 57′minutesBooked in 72 minutes
  • 21Shawreplaced byCastellanosin 70′minutes
  • 11hemp


  • 2Casparij
  • 8Fowler
  • 10Castellanos
  • 13Satin
  • 15Ouahabi
  • 17slab
  • 22McIver
  • 36Hutchings
  • 41Blakstad

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