World News – GB – Alessia Russo’s brace helps Manchester United to fourth consecutive WSL victory


Goals from Russo, Tobin Heath and Christen Press continue perfect start to campaign with Casey Stoney

Manchester United have claimed their fourth straight Women’s Super League victory after a 4-2 away win over West Ham

Two goals from Alessia Russo in the first half, scored on either side of Tobin Heath’s deadly strike, meant United were in control of much of the game despite Emily van Egmond’s header briefly halving the deficit Rachel Daly’s cross found the goal with seven minutes to go, but substitute Christen Press added a fourth to cap off a clinical offensive display from Casey Stoney’s side

« It’s a nice boost, » said Stoney « We came away unhooked against teams like this last year so finding a way to win is important We had one draw and four wins , so that keeps us in a very good position in the league « 

Russo, who had managed a quick save from Mackenzie Arnold in the opening minutes of the game, put United rightly in the lead, falling back at close range after a deep cross at the back post was kept alive by Leah Galton

The 21-year-old forward was involved again when United doubled their advantage, picking up a loose ball in midfield and rolling it to Heath, who knocked Arnold out for his first WSL goal

The visitors were in control when Adriana Leon created the best chance for West Ham, passing two defenders and shooting at long range just over the crossbar at a tight angle In the next minute Kenza Dali whipped up a cross from the right and Van Egmond passed Mary Earps

However, United reacted quickly to restore their two-goal cushion before half-time, when Galton’s cross from the left was tilted at home by a nice header from Russo

Although both teams had the opportunity to add to their respective results, it was only at the end of the stages that they were able to do so.In the 83rd minute, Daly completed the goal and completely caught up with Earps, who got hold of it but couldn’t hold it back

Once again, the visitors fired back within minutes with their substitutes, when Lucy Staniforth’s free-kick to the back post was picked up by the unmarked press for her first United goal

« We shot each other in the foot today by conceding pretty early, » said West Ham manager Matt Beard, whose side remain winless in the WSL this season. « We fought and are came back in the game twice, but we have to be better in these times « 

West Ham (4-3-3): Arnold 7; Redisch 6; Flaherty (c) 6, Fisk 6, Vetterlein 6 (Joel 73); Longhurst 6 (Cho 60), Van Egmond 7, Dali 7; Léon 7 (Lehmann 59), Thomas 6 (Svitkova 59), Daly 8

Manchester United (4-3-3): Earps 7; A Turner 7, McManus 7, M Turner 7, Okvist 7; Zelem (c) 8 (Ladd 68), Toone 7 (Staniforth 76), Groenen 7; Heath 8 (Hanson 61), Russo 8 (press 76), Galton 8

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