FULL TIME: Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United
It was far from a guaranteed performance by Villa, but they have their first win and clean sheet of the season thanks to Jodie Hutton’s penalty.
GOALLLL … or not
Mel Johnson is replaced by Rhema Lord-Mears for Sheffield United
Newborn Emma Follis needs attention now for Villa. Deeply concerning.
Diana Silva is replaced by Emma Follis for the fourth change of Villa.
Haigh is on his feet again for Villa. No subtitle needed
Another Injury Concern for Villa This time Nat Haigh is getting attention
Sophie Walton replaces Kasia Lipka for visitors
Haywood replaces top scorer and Villa best player Jodie Hutton.
Sophie Haywood is ready to enter. The coaches were also talking to Caroline Siems, but now she has put her jacket back on and is seated.
A good Blades escape breaks as Sarri’s ball in the area is claimed by Weiss.
A destructive crush from the Blades. Crossing from the right, Sweetman-Kirk close the shot and went wide. The offside flag spares her the blushes.
Lipka has a wild effort from distance, but it’s straight to Weiss. Brilliant start from the Blades
Sheffield United replace Olivia Chance with Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
The punishment is thrown at Haigh and N’Dow, but is rejected by the Blades.
On Villa’s free kick at the edge of the area. Promising
Amy West returned to the right and Nat Haigh slipped to the center behind the sub.
BACK ON THE RUN
Villa starts the second half
The Asante-Petzelberger switch has been confirmed.
The teams have turned back
Villa is slowly coming out of the locker room and has Ramona Petzelberger prepared as a substitute. I believe it will replace Asante
HALF TIME: Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United
A very even first half means that the two sides are separated only by Hutton’s rigor. The Villas are faced for the first time this season.
A fine through ball from Silva is met by Shania Hayles, but is denied her first goal of the season due to a clever Kitching save with her legs.
Half a chance for Villa. Silva shoots a low ball into the box, but Wilson gets Hutton’s goal before he can intercept him.
Visitors responded well to going behind. Only a good awareness of Haigh denies Mel Johnson a clear attempt at goal.
Jodie Hutton takes the penalty she won and buries it, sending Kitching in the wrong direction.
Villa got a penalty after Jodie Hutton was knocked out by Wilson
A communication error at the back leads N’Dow to catch the ball away from Weiss, as the keeper did not call for the ball. Villa goes into defensive pressure and suffers consecutive corner kicks.
Substitution for Villa
Elisha N’Dow elegantly turns just outside the box, but her shot is deflected. Kitching temporarily channels his inner Adrian, parrying the shot, before picking up the loose ball before it reaches Hayles.
Another great possibility goes to beg for Villa. Hanssen’s ball eludes everyone until Diana Silva encounters it at close range, but spins it.
A great run by Hutton allows her to shoot a cross into the box. Hanssen fine-tunes Emily Syme, but her shot is deflected.
Melissa Johnson looks threatening to her former employers. Another effort narrowly missed Weiss’s second post. Football from start to finish.
So close for Sheffield United. Pennock’s cross in the area escapes everyone, but a Sarri shot is saved by Weiss and goes out for a corner
Villa are growing in the game now. The connecting game between Jodie Hutton and Shania Hayles appears to be Villa’s biggest scoring threat so far.
Near Villa. Weiss long distance finds Elisha N’Dow covering on the left. He manages to find Hayles in the area, but his docile effort is easily garnered by Fran Kitching.
Villa had his first real attack of the game, with Jodie Hutton’s cross avoiding Shania Hayles as she advanced on goal.
Blades that look sharp
Mel Johnson sets Olivia Chance to make a long distance effort. It’s a rubbed, looped blow, but it’s enough to force a parry. The Blades look dominant in the first five minutes
It was an end-to-end start here. First, Nadine Hanssen arrived just before she was able to shoot into the box before Mel Johnson shelled the field on the counter, seeing her cross escape Katie Wilkinson
Sheffield United gives us the kick-off.
The blades are here
The entrance music finally plays to greet Sheffield United, who emerge from behind the door in their away squad.
The teams are coming …
The Aston Villas are the first. However, no music is played to greet them.
It was a lively start at Kingsmeadow for Arsenal vs Chelsea. With just 18 minutes on the clock, it’s already 1-3 for Chelsea with Guro Reiten bagging a brace. Magdalena Eriksson and Caitlin Foord also scored.
Kick-off is fast approaching
The warm-up is slowly coming to an end and the teams are preparing for kick-off. There are only 20 minutes left …
Sheffield United team news
Aston Villa team news
25 minutes for team news …
We have taken our place in the press box and only have 25 minutes to get to the team news.
Aston Villa will reunite with last season’s top scorer Mel Johnson tonight. His 12 league goals were three less than the golden shoe, but they helped Gemma Davies’ side win an unbeaten title.
How to watch
The match will not be broadcast or streamed anywhere tonight. However, you can follow the action online right here on VAVEL.