London City Lionesses were defeated 2-1 by Sheffield United in the Barclays Women’s Championship on Sunday [5 March] afternoon.
The Lionesses quickly found their stride and took the lead after Lily Agg broke the deadlock with an 11th minute header.
In the minutes that followed, Sheffield United and London City battled for midfield dominance but neither side had full control over the tempo.
While Karin Muya, Ewens, and Hopcroft had chances to double the lead for the hosts, the visitors scored next.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk equalised for Sheffield United on the stroke of half-time, floating a half-volley beyond the reach of Shae Yanez from the top of the box.
Jonathan Morgan’s side doubled their lead shortly after the hour mark, with Mia Enderby pinching possession in the final third before placing a shot into the bottom corner.
“I’m disappointed with the result,” interim head coach Nikita Runnacles told reporters at full-time, “I’m disappointed with the performance. We had opportunities to increase our lead in the firs-half but didn’t. As the match became tougher, their grit and determination outweighed our work rate and the result speaks for that.”
When asked if the result would impact London City’s outlook, Runnacles added: “It adds more determination and motivation because now we’re chasing but it’s still really important that we follow our processes and just focus on the next game.”