Liverpool Ladies: Midseason Review

Liverpool Ladies have enjoyed a decent start to the season, and with their return to action coming tomorrow I’ve taken a look back at the season so far.

2-0 Everton Ladies (A) 22/09

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The new season began with an away win to rivals Everton, with goals coming from Natasha Harding and a late one from Niamh Charles to seal the win.

Everton’s goalkeeper Lizzie Durack was kept busy, as she twice denied Beth England, and tipped a Caroline Weir effort over the bar. The breakthrough came after 69 minutes, as Harding prodded in the opener following a scramble in the box. Everton pushed for an equaliser, but Niamh Charles’ first senior goal sealed the game.

0-3 Reading Women (H) 29/09

Liverpool suffered their first loss of the season at home to Reading, as ex-Red Fara Williams opened the scoring for the visitors.

Reading’s lead was doubled by Remi Allen, as she slotted into an empty net after Siobhan Chamberlain had made a save.

Liverpool had their share of chances, as Weir struck the post, England fired wide, and Natasha Harding had her shot saved. England also had a header cleared off the line. Reading wrapped up the win in the 73rd minute, as Brooke Chaplen fired in the third.

There was a positive for the Reds, though, as Martha Harris made a late substitute appearance, marking her return from a long injury lay-off.

0-1 Chelsea Ladies (H) 07/10

The Reds suffered a second defeat in a row as Chelsea narrowly beat them. Liverpool defended well, but Gemma Davison’s cross was fired in by Maren Mjelde.

Liverpool’s best chance of the game came as Jess Clarke broke free of the Chelsea defence, but a poor touch squandered the opportunity. Mjelde could’ve doubled her tally late on, but a great save from Chamberlain denied her.

6-0 Sheffield Ladies (H) 11/10

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The first goal came quickly for the Reds, as a lofted ball from Alex Greenwood was converted by Caroline Weir. Greenwood then rattled the crossbar and Weir was denied at point blank range. Weir did get her second though, as she drilled a shot under the goalkeeper.

The third came shortly after the break, as Greenwood’s low ball in was converted in via Sheffield defender Ellie Gilliatt. On the hour mark Sophie Ingle converted Weir’s ball in at the back post to add the fourth. The fifth was added by substitute Ali Johnson, notching her first goal for the club. Beth England added the sixth and final goal as she took advantage of a poor back pass, also scoring her first for the club.

4-1 Sunderland Ladies (A) 28/10

Sunderland Ladies got off to a strong start as skipper Lucy Staniforth put the hosts in front, thanks to a deflection off the bar. The lead lasted for mere seconds, as Natasha Harding levelled, rounding the goalkeeper and firing into an open net.

The second half saw Beth England and Alex Greenwood had a flurry of shots, before Greenwood scored directly from a resulting corner. Harding bagged her second, and her third came twenty five minutes later as she drilled a low shot past the Sunderland goalkeeper.

0-0 (5-4 pens) Durham Women (A) 05/11

The Reds required penalties to overcome Durham Women in the Continental Tyres Cup.

Liverpool started strongly, as Natasha Harding rounded Durham’s goalkeeper her first touch took the chance away. Gemma Bonner and Alex Greenwood both had chances, and the latter saw her cross strike the bar. Caroline Weir also had a free kick saved, before substitute Bethany England fired over from close range. Laura Coombs and Niamh Charles both had chances late on, whilst substitute Jess Clarke was withdrawn due to injury, just four minutes after coming on.

In the shootout, Siobhan Chamberlain made three saves in the shootout to help the Reds before Caroline Weir fired in the winner, to earn Liverpool a bonus point.

1-0 Birmingham City Ladies (H) 11/11

The Reds notched their third FA WSL1 win of the season, as Niamh Charles lifted a king ball from the defence over the Birmingham goalkeeper on the half hour mark. Liverpool had chances to put the game to bed, as Beth England went close, as did Alex Greenwood and Natasha Harding.

Birmingham almost equalised, as Freya Ayisi fired a close range effort past Chamberlain and onto the crossbar.

5-1 Aston Villa Ladies (H) 15/11

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The Reds progressed to the quarter finals of Continental Tyres Cup as they defeated Aston Villa Ladies.

Ashley Hodson started the scoring, as she headed in Niamh Charles’ cross. Hodson then turned provider, as her cross was glanced in by Jess Clarke. The third followed just four minutes later, as Alex Greenwood scored from the penalty spot.

Aston Villa pulled a goal back as Jones pounced on the rebound from Jade Richards’ effort, but the Reds capped off the victory as Caroline Weir curled in a delightful free kick with five minutes to go, and Ali Johnson drilled in the fifth two minutes later.

0-1 Sunderland Ladies (A) 05/12

Both sides were unbeaten in the Continental Cup going into this tie, but it was Sunderland Ladies who emerged victorious and advanced to the next stage of the Cup, top of the group.

Laura Coombs had two early chances to give the Reds the lead, but fired high and then wide. Sunderland took the lead though, as Lucy Staniforth’s cross was headed in by Galloway. The goal scorer could’ve added another but was denied by Chamberlain.

Ashley Hodson, Beth England, Natasha Harding and Caroline Weir were all denied as Sunderland claimed the win and overtook the Reds to claim first place of the group. The Reds still advanced to the next round of the Continental Cup, in second place.

P-P Arsenal Ladies (A) 10/12

The Reds’ trip to London was cut short as their tie against Arsenal was called off due adverse weather conditions.

1-5 Chelsea Ladies (A) 17/12

The Reds were knocked out of the Continental Cup by a dominant Chelsea side.

The hosts opened the scoring in the first few minutes as Fran Kirby notched the first. Midway through the half, two more goals came in quick succession, as Ramona Bachmann and Kirby added to the lead.

Liverpool pulled a goal back in the second half thanks to Casey Stoney, but Kirby’s third and another from Erin Cuthbert put the game to bed.

The Reds’ season continues tomorrow as they face Yeovil Town Ladies at home. Yeovil played their first ever top flight game against Liverpool, in the Spring Series last year. They were defeated 1-4 thanks to goals from Alex Greenwood, Gemma Bonner and two from Katie Zelem.

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