Rachel Daly scored again as Aston Villa beat Leicester City to record consecutive Women’s Super League victories for the first time.
England international Daly converted a third-minute penalty after Kirsty Hanson was fouled by Erin Simon.
Kirstie Levell pushed Danielle Turner’s second-half free-kick onto the crossbar to keep Leicester in contention.
But substitute Emily Gielnik slotted in from Kenza Dali’s pass to seal victory with four minutes remaining.
Daly’s spot-kick was her third goal in two games since her summer move from Houston Dash, after she scored twice in a thrilling opening 4-3 victory over Manchester City last weekend.
The Foxes, without a point after two games, responded well to their early set-back but struggled to test goalkeeper Hannah Hampton until Josie Green’s attempted lob late on.
And, moments later, Gielnik put the game beyond Leicester as Villa secured back-to-back WSL victories for the first time after 46 matches in the competition.
Daly delivers again as Villa continue winning start
Following her “dream” debut double against Manchester City last Sunday, Daly took just two minutes and 50 seconds to continue her promising start as an Aston Villa player.
Having played at left-back as England triumphed at Euro 2022, the versatile 30-year-old looked to have provided the crucial moment before Gielnik ensured Carla Ward’s side would back up their statement opening win.
Daly has now found the net in each of her last four WSL appearances, having also scored for West Ham in consecutive games in December 2020.
Only team-mate Hanson, who had already threatened in a lively start prior to winning the visitors their early penalty, had more touches in the opposition penalty area.
Leicester were able put Villa under pressure following Daly’s opener but former Villa youth player Shannon O’Brien curled wide of the far post as Lydia Bedford’s side struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Villa had gone closest to a second-half goal through Turner’s free-kick before a late flurry of activity, which saw Green almost catch Hampton off-guard from outside the box.
Narrowly avoiding relegation by two points last term, Leicester, beaten 2-1 by Tottenham in their first match, have taken just one point from their last nine WSL fixtures.
But for Villa, their is plenty of room for optimism after an exciting summer transfer window has been followed by the club’s best ever start to a WSL campaign.
Leicester City Women
- 13SimonSubstituted forVanceat 70′minutes
- 8PikeSubstituted forGoodwinat 87′minutes
- 23PurfieldSubstituted forBottat 70′minutes
- 27O’BrienSubstituted forFlintat 71′minutes
Aston Villa Women
- 15PattenSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 89′minutes
- 19BlindkildeSubstituted forGielnikat 70′minutes
- 7LehmannBooked at 16minsSubstituted forGregoryat 45′minutes
- 8DalySubstituted forRabjohnat 90+5′minutes
Match ends, Leicester City Women 0, Aston Villa Women 2.
Second Half ends, Leicester City Women 0, Aston Villa Women 2.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Evie Rabjohn replaces Rachel Daly.
Attempt saved. Sam Tierney (Leicester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Demi Vance.
Attempt saved. Sophie Howard (Leicester City Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josie Green.
Kirsty Hanson (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Carrie Jones (Leicester City Women).
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Olivia McLoughlin replaces Anna Patten.
Sarah Mayling (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Aileen Whelan (Leicester City Women).
Substitution, Leicester City Women. Missy Goodwin replaces Molly Pike.
Goal! Leicester City Women 0, Aston Villa Women 2. Emily Gielnik (Aston Villa Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kenza Dali.
Attempt blocked. Freya Gregory (Aston Villa Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenza Dali.
Attempt saved. Josie Green (Leicester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Josie Green (Leicester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aileen Whelan.
Attempt missed. Emily Gielnik (Aston Villa Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sarah Mayling with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Carrie Jones (Leicester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Natasha Flint with a cross.
Attempt missed. Rachel Daly (Aston Villa Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kirsty Hanson with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Emily Gielnik (Aston Villa Women) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Mayumi Pacheco.
Corner, Leicester City Women. Conceded by Kenza Dali.