Liverpool Ladies took on Everton Ladies in their opening game of the 2014 Continental Cup last night just 4 days after being knocked out of The FA Cup by their blue neighbours.
There was just the one change to the starting line-up with Claudia Walker coming in for Ashley Hodson. Liverpool were still without 6 first-team players through injury.
Liverpool started this game much more brightly than the derby at the weekend, immediately retaining possession through Natasha Dowie and Amanda DaCosta. Everton set up this evening to defend with only Nikita Parris remaining past the half-way line for much of the game; the first time Parris tried to break clear of the Liverpool line she was comfortably dealt with by Gemma Bonner.
Fara Williams had Liverpool’s first strike of the game, after Natasha Dowie could find no way through on the edge of the 18-yard box she passed back out to Williams but the shot from distance went over the crossbar.
Liverpool put cross after cross into the Everton box throughout the 90 minutes, first Dowie almost finding Claudia Walker but impressive blues defender Gabby George was first to the ball.
A first-half corner also seen Amanda DaCosta header bounce just inches wide of the far-post, Williams finding Lucy Bronze on the edge of the 6-yard box who headed it on to DaCosta.
Liverpool pressed Everton high up the pitch, with some brilliant build up play around the area, Becky Easton finding herself in the thick of it and almost setting up Corina Schroder but the ball was cleared and out for a corner.
Corina Schroder had the games greatest chance in the closing minutes of the first-half when the left-back broke free of her marker and took a brilliant strike at goal, the ball crashing off the cross-bar to provide Everton with the let off.
Out for the second half and with Everton making a couple of substitutions, they continued with the same gameplan from the first half but almost with more success. Parris managing to shake off Lucy Bronze and square the ball to Michelle Hinnigan who took a shot at the top corner, Danielle Gibbons did brilliantly to react quickly and punch away.
Gemma Davison was the reds star player yet again, working tirelessly down the wing and creating chances. A fantastic ball across the box to DaCosta almost helped to open the scoring but her strike went over.
Claudia Walker also impressed again on her third game in 4 days, an excellent late ball into the box was only just tipped over by the keeper.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, as on Saturday, their efforts amounted to nothing as the blues defence stood strong and resisted everything thrown at them.
POTM: Gemma Davison
Liverpool: Gibbons, Easton, Bonner (C), Bronze, Schroder, Williams, Katrin, DaCosta, Davison, Walker (Hodson), Dowie
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Next up for Liverpool it’s another Continental Cup game again at Select Stadium. This Saturday the reds will take on Sunderland Ladies at 6:30pm kick off! Apologies for the late upload of this match report, I had an exam this morning that I did some last minute revision for last night following the game!
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