Signed from NWSL side Houston Dash earlier this month, England’s Daly set up Alisha Lehmann for the game’s opening goal in the 22nd minute before snapping up a loose ball and curling it home for the second ten minutes later.
City struck back with Laura Coombs scoring a brace either side of a Khadija Shaw strike to put themselves into the lead in the second half, but Villa made it 3-3 through Kenza Dali in the 58th minute.
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That set the scene for Daly, who started for England at left back in every game of their victorious Euro 2022 campaign but was deployed here as a striker, to pounce as City keeper Ellie Roebuck spilled the ball into her path for a simple finish in the 76th minute.
On Friday Arsenal got the season off to a flying start with a 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, while Manchester United repeated that result with a 4-0 thrashing of Reading on Saturday.
Champions Chelsea get their campaign underway when they take on newly-promoted Liverpool later on Sunday.