Rachel Daley scored again in Aston Villa’s win over Leicester City to score back-to-back wins in the Women’s Premier League for the first time.
England international Daly converted a penalty kick in the third minute after a foul by Erin Simon on Kirsty Hanson.
Kirsty Levell pushed a Daniel Turner free kick off the crossbar to keep Leicester in contention.Read:Jonas Eidevall: Arsenal hoping to reproduce Lyon magic against Zurich
But substitute Emily Jelnick hit a pass from Kenza Daly to win the match four minutes before the end of the match.
Daly’s penalty was her third goal in two games since her summer transfer from the Houston Dash, after she netted two goals in a thrilling 4-3 opening win over Manchester City last weekend.
The Foxes, without a point after two games, responded well to the early setback, but struggled to test goalkeeper Hannah Hampton until Josie Green attempted a late shot.
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Dali delivers again as Villa continues to win
After the “dream” double for the first time against Manchester City last Sunday, Daly took just two minutes and 50 seconds to continue her promising start as an Aston Villa player.
Having played at left-back when England triumphed at Euro 2022, the 30-year-old appeared to have provided the defining moment before Jelnick ensured Carla Ward’s side would cement their opening win in his statement.
Daly has now found the net in each of her last four WSL matches, having also scored for West Ham in back-to-back matches in December 2020.
Only teammate Hanson, who had already threatened in a live start before the visiting team won the early penalty shootout, had more touches in the opponent’s penalty area.
Leicester managed to put Villa under pressure after Daly’s opener, but former Villa player Shannon O’Brien fired wide as Lydia Bedford’s side struggled to create clear chances.
Villa had come close to a second-half goal with a Turner free kick before a flurry of late activity left Green catching Hampton by surprise from outside the penalty area.Read:Bengals and Panthers: How to watch, live stream, odds, more to day
Leicester narrowly avoided relegation by two points last season, losing 2-1 at the hands of Tottenham in their first game, and taking just one point from their last nine Premier League games.
But for Villa, they have plenty of room for optimism after an exciting summer transfer window that was followed by the club’s best-ever start to the Women’s Football League campaign.
Leicester City for Women
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- 13Simonhas been replaced byVancein 70′Minutes
- 14Green color
- 8Spearhas been replaced byGoodwinin 87 ‘Minutes
- 23Burfieldhas been replaced bybottomin 70′Minutes
- 27O’Brienhas been replaced byFlintin 71 ‘Minutes
Aston Villa for women
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- 6my course
- 19Blindkildhas been replaced byJelnickin 70′Minutes
- 7LimanBooked in 16 minuteshas been replaced byGregoryin 45′Minutes
- 8dalihas been replaced byRapjohnin 90 + 5′Minutes
The match ended, Leicester City Women’s 0, Aston Villa Women’s 2.
The second half ended, Leicester City Women 0, Aston Villa Women 2.
Substitution, Aston Villa Ladies. Evie Rapjohn replaces Rachel Daly.
Attempt saved. Sam Tierney (Leicester City Women’s Club) with his right foot from outside the penalty area is blocked in the middle of the goal. With the help of Demi Vance.
Attempt saved. Sophie Howard (Leicester City Women) A header is saved from the center of the penalty area at the top of the center of the goal. With the help of Josie Green.
Kristi Hanson (Aston Villa Women) won a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Carrie Jones (Leicester City Women).
Substitution, Aston Villa Ladies. Olivia McLoughlin replaces Anna Patten.
Sarah Mayling (Aston Villa Women) won a free kick in the defensive half.
Bean by Elaine Whelan (Leicester City Women).
Alternative, Leicester City Women’s. Missy Goodwin replaces Molly Pike.
Goal! Leicester City Women 0, Aston Villa Women 2. Emily Jelnick (Aston Villa Women) right-footed shot from the right side of the penalty area into the lower left corner. With the help of Dali’s sweater.
Attempt is prohibited. Freya Gregory (Aston Villa Women) is blocked with his left foot from the left side of the penalty area. With the help of Dali’s sweater.
Attempt saved. Josie Green (Leicester City Women) saved her with his right foot from outside the penalty area in the middle of the goal.
Attempt is prohibited. Josie Green (Leicester City Women) was banned with his right foot from outside the penalty area. Assisted by Eileen Whelan.
wasted attempt. Emily Jelnick (Aston Villa Women) header from the middle of the penalty area misses to the left. Assisted by Sarah Mayling with a cross.
Attempt is prohibited. Carrie Jones (Leicester City Women)’s right-footed shot was blocked from the center of the penalty area. Assisted by Natasha Flint with a cross.
wasted attempt. Rachel Daley (Aston Villa women) heads from the middle of the penalty area close but misses to the left. With the help of Kirsty Hanson with a cross.
Attempt is prohibited. Emily Jelnick (Aston Villa Women) right-footed shot from a difficult angle and a long range to the left blocks it. Assisted by Mayumi Pacheco.
Corner, Leicester City Women’s. Submitted by Sweater Dali.