Manchester United dropped their first points of the 2018/2019 campaign as they were held to a goalless draw by promotion rivals Durham in an FA Women’s Championship fixture at the Leigh Sports Village.
Casey Stoney’s side dominated the match but Durham were well-organised while visiting goalkeeper Hannah Reid was in inspired form.
Manchester United started the match well enough and Lauren James went close to breaking the deadlock inside the opening 10 minutes before Durham keeper Reid bravely denied Alex Greenwood and Jess Sigsworth later in a goalless first 45 minutes.
Reid was again alert to the danger early in the second period when she superbly tipped James’ long range effort over the bar before some desperate Durham defending prevented Sigsworth from adding another goal to her ever-increasing personal tally.
Stoney’s side were given a golden chance to finally break the deadlock in the 65th minute when Greenwood was fouled in the area. Katie Zelem stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick but her shot was saved by Reid.
United continued to apply pressure on the Durham goal but in truth, The Wildcats defended resolutely in the final stages of the match. Teenager James did have one final chance to score in second half injury time but visiting keeper Reid again came out on top to ensure that Lee Sanders’ side would return to the North East with a share of the spoils.