GRACE FISK dealt a blow to Manchester United’s European hopes with a late West Ham equalizer in a dramatic 1-1 draw.
The Irons star struck in stoppage time to blunt the Red Devils’ Champions League title with Man City sizzling on their heels.
And as a result the Reds’ lead over their neighbors was cut to just 3 points as Gareth Taylor’s ace had a game in hand.
The early exchanges between the opponents were very balanced on Irons’ rain-soaked home field.
But United, desperate for a place in Europe’s top club-level competition, began to dominate in terms of ownership.
And the visitors had the best attacking chances with Leah Galton, Alessia Russo and Ella Toone looking very dangerous up front.
Toone had a light shot on goal in the third minute. But her off-balance allowed Mackenzie Arnold to make a comfortable save.
A stray pass by the hosts saw Galton make a dash into the box before a final 12order-Resolve the moment of Irons captain Gilly Flaherty.
The Hammers were forced to go through some more desperate defensive moments afterward with Galton narrowly conceding a loose back pass from Hawa Cissoko.
But the French midfielder corrected his mistake when he blocked Toone’s pass, sending the ball out of danger.
And a probing cross from Russo could have led to Martha Thomas’s chance to stay for nearly half an hour, but Yui Hasegawa helped save the day.
The second half saw United take the lead in the final third with Russo unleashing a powerful smash that made a brilliant save by Mackenzie Arnold.
But in the end, the visitors made their domination with Toone’s deft air effort put them ahead in the 54th minute.
Irons managed to equalize a few minutes later with Hasegawa unleashing a sinking pass before Mary Earps collected the ball.
Later, Jade Moore made her first appearance in a Reds shirt after switching to Orlando Pride in January.
United fought to hold out in the pouring rain with Earps having to be treated in the final minutes.
And as if the score was in his pocket, Fisk rushed to equalize and miss the post in the 92nd minute.nd minute.
Elsewhere, Manchester City had their 5th consecutive victory in all competitions after beating Reading 0-2 at home.
Demi Stokes and Lauren Hemp hit the mark with belated efforts as The Citizens kept their Champions League hopes alive.
And City overtook Tottenham for fourth place ahead of Spurs’ trip to Chelsea next Wednesday.
Meanwhile Chelsea brushed Everton aside with a faltering performance on the road.
A header from Sam Kerr and a strike from Guro Reiten gave the Blues a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.
And Erin Cuthbert ended the victory with a header into the top corner for almost half an hour.
The result saw the Blues cut Arsenal’s advantage at the summit to two points
And the title holders have a match in the hands of the Gunners.
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