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James scores in historic Old Trafford win for Man Utd


Lauren James scores for Man Utd
Lauren James received her first call-up to the England senior squad this season

Teenager Lauren James scored as Manchester United claimed victory over struggling West Ham on a historic day that saw Old Trafford host a Women’s Super League match for the first time.

James, 19, rose to flick home Maria Thorisdottir’s header from a corner to make it 1-0 just after the break.

USA forward Christen Press thumped in a second after she was slipped through by Jackie Groenen six minutes later.

United, who usually play at Leigh Sports Village, sit third in the table.

James, one of England’s most promising youngsters, was excellent in the first half and was rewarded for her fine performance when she became the first woman to score at Old Trafford just five minutes after the restart.

She has now scored the first goal for Manchester United women in the Championship, the WSL, the FA Cup and now at Old Trafford.

James showed skill, intelligence and pace throughout, coming close again in the second half when her curling strike flew inches past the right post.

Before her opener, the hosts were struggling to break down West Ham, who remain bottom of the table and without a win in seven WSL matches.

Press had opportunities to score and twice fizzed balls across the six-yard area which evaded James and midfielder Ella Toone.

Sloppiness in possession almost proved costly for the hosts too as West Ham’s Martha Thomas, Kenza Dali and Dagny Brynjarsdottir all had chances to get in behind the home defence in the first half after being gifted the ball.

The Hammers were made to pay for not taking their chances though as James and Press provided the clinical edge Manchester United had craved, before Laura Vetterlein’s second yellow card made life even harder for the visitors in the final stages.

The result leaves Casey Stoney’s side six points above Arsenal, who take on north London rivals Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later on Saturday (15:30 GMT).

West Ham are one point below Bristol City, who face fellow relegation rivals Birmingham City on Sunday (16:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 4TurnerBooked at 61mins
  • 21Turner
  • 17BatlleBooked at 67minsSubstituted forHarrisat 74′minutes
  • 14Groenen
  • 10ZelemSubstituted forLaddat 65′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Toone
  • 37StaniforthSubstituted forHansonat 66′minutes
  • 16JamesSubstituted forRossat 84′minutes
  • 24PressSubstituted forSigsworthat 84′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Harris
  • 9Sigsworth
  • 12Ladd
  • 18Hanson
  • 19Ross
  • 20Smith
  • 22Bentley
  • 28Jones
  • 32Bourne

West Ham Women

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 18Brosnan
  • 22Fisk
  • 5Flaherty
  • 26VetterleinBooked at 77mins
  • 2Redisch KvammeSubstituted forBarkerat 89′minutes
  • 12Longhurst
  • 32BrynjarsdóttirSubstituted forCissokoat 84′minutes
  • 10Svitková
  • 21DaliSubstituted forMustafaat 88′minutes
  • 25van Egmond
  • 9ThomasSubstituted forPachecoat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pacheco
  • 11Mustafa
  • 16Ramsey
  • 23Cissoko
  • 27Barker
  • 41Denton

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