Match Report: Durham Women 0 Liverpool Ladies 0 (4-5 on Pens)

Liverpool Ladies: Chamberlain; Murray (Clarke, 81′ (Johnson, 85′)), Bonner (C), Stoney, Greenwood; Ingle, Hodson (England, 57′), Weir, Coombs; Charles, Harding

Substitutes: Flaherty, Harris, Fletcher, Longhurst, Johnson, Clarke, England

Liverpool required penalties to overcome Durham Women in the Continental Tyres Cup on Sunday afternoon.

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The game got off to a slow start but Liverpool started to move through the gears, as Natasha Harding rounded Durham’s goalkeeper but was unable to convert as her first touch has been too heavy.

Gemma Bonner had a chance just moments later as she flicked Alex Greenwood’s cross just wide of the post. Liverpool looked to more likely to score as Greenwood fired a low drive wide of the post just before half time.

The second half was much of the same, as Greenwood’s cross struck the bar early on. Caroline Weir’s free kick was well saved by the goalkeeper before substitute Bethany England fired her volley over from close range.

Laura Coombs then had an excellent chance to put the Reds in the lead, but dragged her effort wide. She then played in Niamh Charles, who fired straight at the goalkeeper. Jess Clarke was introduced after 80 minutes, but was withdrawn four minutes later due to injury. Liverpool couldn’t find a winner and so the game went to penalties.

Goalkeeper 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.

Liverpool Ladies’ next game is at home to Birmingham City Ladies on the 11th of November, kick off is at 5:30pm.

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