Lack of technology in the women’s football under scrutiny after Manchester United’s contentious FA Cup exit to Manchester City

Lack of technology in the women's football under scrutiny after Manchester United's contentious FA Cup exit to Manchester City

White initially looked to miss City forward Georgia Stanway, deployed at right back to cover for the injured Aoife Mannion and a Matilde Fidalgo struggling to adapt to the WSL. United’s introduction of Lauren James paid immediate dividends when the teenager latched onto a ball from range, beat Keira Walsh with a backheel and nudged low past Roebuck, a reminder to City that despite White’s credentials United have a world-class forward of their own, capable of igniting a derby with one nonchalant shoulder drop. 

McManus’ was-it-wasn’t-it goal was disallowed just as United grew in stature. A Zelem corner curling under the bar and deflecting off the back of Hemp’s head – initially disallowed but then given – gave them hope of a late fightback but they could not muster a leveller despite five added minutes. 

Match details

Manchester United: Earps; Smith, M. Turner, McManus, A. Turner; Sigsworth (Arnot 69), Ladd, Zelem, Groenen; Hanson, Ross (James 60)
Subs not used: Mikalsen (g), Harris, Palmer
Goals: James 69, Hemp (OG) 87
Man City: Roebuck; Stokes, Bonner, Houghton, Stanway; Hemp, Weir, Walsh, Scott; Wullaert (Coombs 78), White 
Subs not used: Benameur (g), Bremer, Toland, Park, Bissell, Fidalgo
Goals: White 30, 56, Scott 76
Referee: Michael Barlow
Attendance: 1,948

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