Opinion: The 10 Best WSL Games of 2019/20 – #8

Our countdown of the 10 best WSL games from this season with a look back on one of the most dramatic wins of the season.

With the WSL now declared over, we at Her Football Hub are counting down the top 10 games from the WSL season. At number eight is West Ham 3-2 Manchester United from December 1.

A game which had everything, West Ham were lucky to come away with all three points at Rush Green.

Early Drama

Just 48 seconds into the game, Manchester United took the lead. Former West Ham player Jane Ross found herself in enough space to deliver a slick cross to compatriot Kirsty Hanson.

Hanson coolly headed the ball beyond Courtney Brosnan to give the Red Devils an early lead.

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The lead did not last long. Less than two minutes later, the Hammers were level.

This time it was Laura Vetterlein’s header off a ball from Kenza Dali that found the back of the net. Mary Earps couldn’t get down quick enough and the game was tied up.

An Even More Dramatic Finish

After another 77 minutes of waiting for the third goal of the game, teenage sensation Lauren James once again put Manchester United into the lead.

A wonderful ball from Ella Toone carved the West Ham defence open, leaving James one-on-one with Brosnan. Like she has many times this season, James made no mistake and slotted the ball home.

United thought they were going to walk away with all three points but in reality, their lead only lasted three minutes.

Katharina Baunach scored the first of two free-kicks to complete West Ham’s turnaround.

Her first was quite clearly a cross that bounced past everyone in the box and into the back of the net.

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Leanne Kiernan earned her second yellow card and her marching orders before West Ham could score their third.

The Irish midfielder was sent off for getting involved in the exchanges leading up to the second of Baunach’s free-kicks.

Baunach lifted the ball gently over the wall with a little chip, catching Earps off-guard, earning West Ham the victory in the last minute of normal time.

At the time, the victory prevented Manchester United from getting up into fourth in the table, whereas West Ham stayed stuck in eighth.

Watch highlights of the game below or visit the FA Player to watch the full game.

Our top 10 list so far:
10. Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal, October 13, 2019.
9. Manchester United 0-1 Bristol City, January 5, 2020.
8. West Ham 3-2 Manchester United, December 1, 2019.

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