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FA Women's League Cup
FA Women's League Cup
Wednesday 17 November 2021
Kickoff at 19:00 GMT
Leigh Sports Village,Leigh Sports Stadium, Sale Way, Leigh WN7 4JY
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Everything you need to know about our Continental Cup group stage trip to Manchester United...


The game - Matchday Three of our Group B campaign - takes place at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday 17 November with kick-off scheduled for 19:00 (UK).

The match will be shown live on the FA Player.

We'll also have live text coverage of the game on Twitter @ManCityWomen, and following the full-time whistle, a comprehensive match report and post-match reaction from Gareth Taylor will be available to view on and our official app.

Highlights and a full-match replay will also be available to view with a CITY+ subscription.


Tickets are available to purchase online. The Club has received an allocation of 150 unreserved seating tickets priced as follows:

Adults - £6

Over 65s - £3

Under 18 - £3



Gareth Taylor made five changes to the side that fell to defeat against Chelsea on Sunday, as Ruby Mace, Vicky Losada, Laura Coombs, Janine Beckie and Hayley Raso replaced Jill Scott, Filippa Angeldahl, Caroline Weir, Lauren Hemp and Ellen White.

Karima Benameur Taieb was shielded by a backline of Demi Stokes, captain Alex Greenwood, Mace and Georgia Stanway with Keira Walsh protecting the back four in defensive midfield.

Coombs and Losada occupied central midfield, flanked by Beckie and Raso with Jess Park leading the line upfront.

Khadija Shaw made a welcome return to the matchday squad while there was no place for Alanna Kennedy.

Karen Bardsley (hamstring), Ellie Roebuck (calf), Khiara Keating (fractured elbow), Steph Houghton (Achilles), Esme Morgan (leg fracture), Lucy Bronze (knee) and Chloe Kelly (ACL) remain sidelined.

CITY XI | Taieb, Stokes, Greenwood (C), Mace, Stanway, Walsh, Coombs, Losada, Beckie, Raso, Park

SUBS | Pilling, White, Weir, Hemp, Angeldahl, Scott, Shaw

UNITED XI | Baggaley, Thorisdottir, Mannion (C), Boe Risa, Thomas, F Fuso, O Battle, Hanson, Smith, Jones, Staniforth

SUBS | Earps, Blundell, Toone, Zelem, Galton, Russo

Gareth Taylor preview

“There’s no added incentive needed for these games – a Derby is a Derby and of course, we want to be successful.

“It’s the second one at Leigh Sports Village in a short space of time, although it’s a different competition to the league fixture, in which we fought back well to draw 2-2.

“We’re looking to go one better this time to try and win the game. That’s the objective for sure.

“We understand United will be in the situation where they also need to win so that sets things up nicely for a good game.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to progress into the quarter-finals. The Conti Cup is a competition we take really seriously.

“With the format, only one team is guaranteed to go through from each group so it’s important to try and get business done early. Then, you can set up preparations for the next part.

“Of course, after Wednesday, we still have a game against Leicester. There may be suggestions a draw could be enough but we always go out to win as many games as we possibly can.

“In United, we’re going to play a team who are also fighting to be in it – they’ll want to win the game to help their situation.

“We’re going with a gameplan to try and win the game.”

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Group stage points are awarded as follows:

• A club which wins a group match in 90 minutes will score three points.

• A club which wins a group match that is tied after 90 minutes by winning the penalty shoot-out will score two points.

• A club which loses a group match that is tied after 90 minutes as it loses the penalty shoot-out will score one point.



City’s recent run of form was brought to an end by Chelsea, who came away from the Academy Stadium with a 4-0 victory in the Women’s Super League.

The visitors got their noses in front inside three minutes when Jessie Fleming pounced on a loose pass on the edge of the City box, before Sam Kerr tapped home a second on the stroke of half-time.

Gareth Taylor’s side, cheered on by a bumper home crowd, were perhaps the better of the two sides across the opening 45, with Caroline Weir forcing a fine early save from Ann-Katrin Berger and Lauren Hemp having a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Rebecca Welch.

But two further goals in the space of three second half minutes from Fran Kirby and Magdalena Eriksson put the result beyond doubt before the hour mark.


City extended our unbeaten FA Women's Super League record against Manchester United with a battling 2-2 draw at Leigh Sports Village in October.

Ellen White's 25th goal for the Club ten minutes from time salvaged a precious point for Gareth Taylor's side, after second-half goals from Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo had cancelled out Khadija Shaw's opener in a pulsating clash, which also saw Georgia Stanway sent off for a lunge on Leah Galton.

How it stands

City currently sit top of Group B in the Northern Section with six points, following our 5-1 triumph over Everton and 3-0 win over Durham.

Everton's victory over Leicester lifted the Toffees to second, while Manchester United are third with two points, having earned a 'bonus' point for a penalty shoot-out win over Durham, after the two sides had played out a 2-2 draw in normal time.

Durham earned a point from that result, while Leicester sit bottom without yet registering a point.

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2 Leicester City FC Leicester City Leicester 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Liverpool FC Liverpool Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Manchester City Manchester City Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last updated: 30 September 2023


City head into the game on the back of a mixed run of results and Sunday's FA Women's Super League defeat at home to Chelsea.

Having been held by Everton on Sunday, United have registered four successive draws in all competitions, including our 2-2 Manchester Derby thriller, since beating Birmingham 2-0 at the beginning of October.


  • Of our seven Manchester Derby meetings in all competitions, City are unbeaten in five, winning three and drawing two.
  • In total, we have won the Conti Cup on three occasions - those successes coming in 2014, 2016 and 2019 - and have a 100% record of reaching the knock-out stages.
  • Since our first tournament appearance in 2014 – when we lifted the trophy – that tally represents the most triumphs of any side, while we sit second only to Arsenal in terms of overall success since the tournament was introduced in 2011. We’re one of only three teams, alongside the Gunners and current holders Chelsea, to have claimed the title.
  • City are the only side to win the Continental Cup in both extra-time and via a penalty shoot-out.
  • In total, we have scored 114 goals in the competition to date and have conceded just 22 times.

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