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Women's football Galton and Toone fire United back to the WSL peak

LEAH GALTON and Ella Toone fired Manchester United back to the top of the Women’s Super League (WSL) as Casey Stoney’s side comfortably overcame Birmingham.

Having seen their 10-match unbeaten start to the league campaign ended by title rivals Chelsea last weekend, the Red Devils got back to winning ways at Leigh Sports Village today lunchtime.

Galton turned in an excellent cross from the impressive Lauren James and Toone’s low strike wrapped up victory for United, whose dominance was far greater than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

Victory sees Stoney’s side go back top of the WSL, with previous leaders Chelsea’s match at Bristol City called off due to the weather.

The hosts were on top from the outset in Leigh, where Birmingham shot-stopper Hannah Hampton played a key role in keeping the dominant hosts at bay in a frustrating first half.

The England under-21s international produced a fine early save to deny Galton and superbly denied her again when put through by a fine Katie Zelem pass.

Jackie Groenen also blazed over as United pressure mounted towards the end of the first half, with Birmingham’s resistance broken within 40 seconds of the second half getting under way.

James showed excellent footwork on the right and sent in a fine cross to Galton, who fired home from close range at the far post.

United kept up the pressure as shots rained in on Birmingham’s goal, with Toone finally finding the net in the 81st minute when sending a low effort in off the far post.


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