After 3 games with no goals, Liverpool Ladies ran riot against Sunderland Ladies tonight in their second Continental Cup group game.
Matt Beard named an unchanged line-up from the side that started the midweek game against Everton, while it was good for Liverpool fans to see both Libby Stout and Martha Harris on the bench.
Liverpool completely dominated the game from the opening whistle, immediately attacking down the wings and not allowing Sunderland to settle. The Sunderland keeper Helen Alderson, former reds stopper Rachael Laws was on the bench, made a few good saves early on but the reds continued to press and find openings in the defence.
Gemma Davison has been a stand out performer in the side since her winter move from Arsenal Ladies, tonight her performances were finally rewarded with a goal with a brilliant strike from outside the box. Following her goal Davison continued to impress, putting cross after cross into the area and making great runs down the left wing.
Another stand out performer has been Claudia Walker who again tonight did not look out of place in the reds starting 11, as well as helping out in attack Walker drops back further into midfield to help win the ball back and is quick to move back into position when Liverpool regain possession. Walker almost set Natasha Dowie up for the second after a great run forward and ball to Dowie, yet Alderson pushed it away.
It was Corina Schroder who eventually made it 2-0 after sustained Liverpool pressure, the German defender hit the cross bar against Everton on Wednesday but made no mistake when Gemma Davison crossed the ball low into the box.
Then it was Natasha Dowie‘s turn to get on the score sheet, a brace before half-time and then completing her hat-trick in the second half. Her first goal coming following a Fara Williams corner, the second an excellent finish to beat the keeper and the third a left-footed strike.
Katrin Omarsdottir finished the rout with a tap-in after a scramble in the box, minutes later Katrin also had a strike ruled out for offside.
Danielle Gibbons kept her second clean sheet in three games, Amanda DaCosta never stopped running and Becky Easton had another solid game at right-back as did Gemma Bonner and Lucy Bronze in the centre of defence. A couple of Sunderland forays forward were effectively dealt with.
Ashley Hodson, Megan Alexander and Ellie Stewart were late substitutes, with Alexander showing her attacking quality from left-back continuing Schroder’s work pressing high up the pitch.
A brilliant all-round performance from Liverpool Ladies tonight, who just never allowed Sunderland the chance to get into the game.
POTM: Natasha Dowie
Liverpool XI: Gibbons, Easton (Stewart), Bonner (C), Bronze, Schroder (Alexander), Katrin, Williams, Walker (Hodson), DaCosta, Davison, Dowie
Liverpool’s next game is away at Manchester City in the next game of the Continental Cup, on Wednesday 14th May.
The development squad have a home game on Thursday night, free entry vs Manchester City 7:30pm kick off – hope to see you there!
Thanks for reading,