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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 very first Women’s Super League derby before a crowd of more than 31,000 in Etihad Stadium.
24, scotland midfielder Weir, drilled a shot into the right corner from 25 yards three minutes after half-time and pounced on a loose column from Katie Zelem.
City had been frustrated in the first half and the people might have equalised on through Jackie Groenen when she hit on the inside of the left post with five minutes .
The 31,213 in attendance was almost six times the WSL listing of 5,265 that saw Arsenal clinch final year’s title at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.
With the girls playing in the ground for the first time since 2014 of the men there has been a buzz of excitement across the Etihad beforehand.
This match had all of the aspects you’d expect from a local derby, although less than 1,500 had observed this Continental Cup tie against Everton five decades ago.
Within three minutes, United keeper Mary Earps were being hassled by City forward Janine Beckie and team-mate Georgia Stanway came close with a strike from the edge of the area.
But it was as Demi Stokes struggled to handle Jess Sigsworth and Jane Ross about the best, although Leah Galton’s deliveries were a threat from the left, people who caused the biggest difficulties in the first half.
They should have taken the lead throughout Scotland striker Ross but her volley was tipped expertly away by keeper Ellie Roebuck, until Groenen had been inches away from pulling a backheel film.
In the long run, City’s caliber came and the house fans have the bragging rights from using this weekend derby.
The record attendance may just endure for a day because a near-capacity crowd is anticipated in Chelsea’s 41,000-seater Stamford Bridge stadium, where the Blues host WSL newcomers Tottenham at 12:30 BST, in a match.
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