Manchester City beat rivals Machester United 1-0 on the opening day of the Women’s Super League season in front of a record breaking crowd of more than 30,000 at the Etihad on Saturday.

The match marked the first women’s Manchester derby, with newly-promoted United dominating City in the first half.

United striker Jane Ross went close on 24 minutes with a half volley heading for the roof of net before City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck pulling off a great save with an outstretched arm while travelling the other way.

City took the lead shortly after the break after midfielder Caroline Weir found the back of the net on from just outside the box on 48 minutes with a laser shot into the top right-hand corner.

United’s Jackie Groenen almost scored a late equaliser, losing her footing in the box as she bundled a shot on goal, only for it to bounce back off the post before City goalkeeper Roebuck got her hands on it.

The 31,213-strong record crowd dwarfed the previous record of 5,265 which watched Arsenal clinch last season’s title at the Amex Stadium in April.

City will look to build on the derby victory as they bid to contend for the WSL title having won two domestic cups last season, while United showed they are ready to compete with the division’s best.



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