Caroline Weir’s sublime second half goal was enough to hand Manchester City a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at The Etihad Stadium on the opening day of the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Super League campaign.
The pair contested the first-ever Manchester derby in the FA Women’s Super League and the game was played out in-front of a record attendance of 31,213 at The Etihad Stadium.
Newly-promoted United started the game well and Leah Galton fired an effort just wide before summer signing Jane Ross failed to haunt her former side, shooting straight at Ellie Roebuck in the Manchester City goal.
City grew into the game but visiting keeper Mary Earps was left largely untroubled in the first half, only being tested the once as Weir took aim from distance.
Weir fired an effort on goal again early in the second half and this time she was more successful. The Scotland international struck a wonderful effort from 25 yards out and the ball nestled in the corner of the United net, a goal which deserved to be scored on the greatest stage.
The visitors responded and Galton called Roebuck into action but the angle was too narrow to cause the City keeper any trouble while Weir again tested Earps from range at the other end.
In the end, Nick Cushing’s City side held on to claim their first derby day bragging rights as their season started with a real bang.