Manchester United women stun Man City, who had player sent off

Manchester City Women's Keira Walsh received a straight red card in the second half of her side's 2-0 defeat for a rash challenge on United's Kirsty Hanson. Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Manchester United Women handed Manchester City their first defeat of the season on Sunday, seeing off their rivals 2-0 in the Continental Cup as Keira Walsh was sent off for the defeated side.

City emerged victorious when the two teams clashed last month, but Nick Cushing's players could not replicate that result this weekend despite enjoying a lot of early possession at Leigh Sports Village.

United went ahead after seven minutes as captain Katie Zelem sent a free kick past City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, and the Reds entered the break with their lead still intact.

Casey Stoney's players carried their momentum into the second half and within ten minutes they had doubled their lead, with Jess Sigsworth sliding to get on the end of Kirsty Hanson's cross and find the net.

Shortly after the hour mark City's Walsh made a rash attempt at a tackle on Hanson, and the midfielder received a straight red card for her challenge.

From there on out United kept the ball well and rarely looked in danger of letting the result slip.

The win was United's third in a row, but first in the Continental Cup this season.