Harding (69′), Charles (90+3′)
Liverpool Ladies: Chamberlain; Murray, Stoney, Bonner (C), Greenwood; Ingle, Coombs, Weir; Clarke (Charles, 57′), Harding, England (Hodson, 82′)
Substitutes: Flaherty, Fletcher, Rodgers, Longhurst, Johnson, Hodson, Charles
Liverpool Ladies kicked off the new season with a 0-2 win over Merseyside rivals Everton Ladies thanks to goals from Natasha Harding and Niamh Charles.
Everton’s new signing, goalkeeper Lizzie Durack, was arguably the standout performer, as she managed to keep Liverpool at bay for the majority of the game. Liverpool’s new signings Beth England was twice denied, and Caroline Weir had a shot palmed over the bar.
Everton also had key chances, as Casey Stoney was required to produce a goal line clearance after Claudia Walker had flicked the ball past Liverpool goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.
It was Liverpool, however, who struck the first blow, as Natasha Harding prodded home the opener after a scramble in the box.
As Everton continued to push for the equalising goal, substitute Niamh Charles sealed the win for the Reds as she fired home her first senior goal: “I’ve waited a long time for that goal and I probably should have had another one to be honest.”
After the match, Charles said: “the result is the most important thing – I’m delighted with the three points to start the season.
“If you could write the script that’s how you’d write it, to come on and score in a derby game and I can’t wait to go and enjoy it”, she continued.
“It’s been a big build up to the first game with it being derby day, there’s been a lot of nerves and so much build up but to come away with the three points is great, I think we deserved it too.”
Liverpool Ladies’ next game is their first home game of the season, as the face Reading Women on Friday 29th October, kick off is at 7pm.