WSL: Rachel Daly wonder goal gives Aston Villa important win

Adriana Leon of Aston Villa celebrates with team mates
Adriana Leon of Aston Villa celebrates with teammates during the Barclays Women's Super League match against West Ham United. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

After a difficult away day to West Ham United, Aston Villa came away with an important three points to boost their troublesome start to the 2023/24 Women’s Super League season. Rachel Daly rounded off a thrilling 3-2 scoreline with a super stoppage time winner for Villa.

Ahead of the clash, West Ham had secured just a single win from their first seven games, leaving them ninth in the table. Carla Ward’s side had suffered five defeats in their opening run of games. The two sides last met back in March, with Villa coming away with a narrow 2-1 win.

Starting XIs

West Ham

Arnold; Smith, Shimizu, Stringer, Tysiak, Ueki, Harries, Filis, Asseyi, Cooke, Cissoko

Aston Villa

Van Domselaar; Mayling, Patten, Corsie, Daly, Dali, Turner, Blindkilde, Hanson, Leon, Pacheco

How it went

Viviane Asseyi got the goal-scoring action underway in the 27th minute after West Ham were awarded a penalty following a foul in the area. The No.20 fired the ball home, with Daphne van Domselaar unable to preserve her clean sheet. Just four minutes later, Anna Patten found the equaliser for Villa. She nodded home Daly’s cross to send the two sides in level at the break.

A second for the visitors came shortly after the break as Adriana Leon bagged her first goal for the club in the 50th minute. Despite several good chances for both sides, the scoreline remained unchanged until just ten minutes before full-time.

West Ham’s Lisa Evans capitalised on a failed clearance from the visitors to find the top corner of van Domselaar’s net.

A wonder strike from Daly in injury time snatched a late winner and a much-needed win for Villa. Smashing the ball into the top corner, the Lioness then pulled off a last ditch goal-line save just seconds later to ensure all three points for the Villans.

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