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By Emma Sanders
BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium
Caroline Weir’s stunning strike gave Manchester City victory over rivals Manchester United in the first Women’s Super League derby before a crowd of more than 31,000 at Etihad Stadium.
24, scotland midfielder Weir, drilled a strong shot to the right corner from 25 metres three minutes after half-time and pounced on a loose clearance from Katie Zelem.
City was defeated in the first half and the people could have equalised late through Jackie Groenen once she hit on five minutes against on the inside of the left post with.
The 31,213 in attendance was nearly six times the former WSL listing of 5,265 that watched Arsenal clinch last season’s name at the Amex Stadium of Brighton.
With the women playing in the men’s ground for the very first time because 2014 off the back of England’s World Cup exploits, there was a buzz of excitement across the Etihad beforehand.
This game had, although less than 1,500 had observed the Continental Cup tie against Everton five decades past.
Within five minutes, City forward Janine Beckie was hassling United keeper Mary Earps and team-mate Georgia Stanway came close with a strike.
But it was since Demi Stokes struggled to handle Jane Ross and Jess Sigsworth about the right, although Leah Galton’s deliveries were a threat from the left, visitors who caused the biggest problems in the first half.
They should have taken the lead however her volley was tipped away by keeper Ellie Roebuck, before Groenen had been inches away from pulling a backheel film.
In the long run, City’s caliber came through and the house fans have the bragging rights from using this weekend derby.
However, the record attendance might stand for a day because there is a near-capacity crowd anticipated at Chelsea’s 41,000-seater Stamford Bridge scene, in which the Blues host WSL newcomers Tottenham at 12:30 BST, at a match.
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