Liverpool Ladies Fixtures 2016

TODAY THE FA Women’s Super League released it’s 2016 fixtures and, with the arrival of WSL2 sides Doncaster Belles and Reading Women, there are 2 extra dates for your diaries this season.

Also, the Continental Cup is no longer following a group format in it’s first round and instead will go straight to knock out and WSL1 sides will enter The FA Cup in the fifth round – which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 20th March.

Below you can find a full list of fixtures with dates for both cup competitions included.


19th March – Liverpool Ladies 0 Manchester City 2 (FA Cup)
23rd March – Liverpool Ladies 1 Birmingham City 0 (FAWSL)
*28th March – Chelsea Ladies FC (A) 2pm* – Postponed due to waterlogged pitch


23rd April – Sunderland AFC Ladies (H) 5:30pm
27th April – Chelsea Ladies FC (H) 6:30pm


2nd May – Notts County Ladies FC (A) 3pm
8th May – Chelsea Ladies FC (A) 2pm *Rearranged fixture from 28th March*
18th May – Sunderland AFC Ladies (A) 7:30pm
25th May – Manchester City Women (H) 6:30pm



26th June – Manchester City Women (A) 2pm


2nd/3rd July – Continental Cup 1st round – EVERTON LADIES (A)
9th July – Reading FC Women (H) 5:30pm
16th July – Notts County Ladies FC (H) 5:30pm
31st July – Arsenal Ladies FC (A) 2pm


6th-7th August – Continental Cup quarter-final
27th August – Doncaster Rovers Belles (H) 5:30pm


1st September – Reading FC Women (A) 7:45pm
3rd/4th September – Continental Cup semi-final
25th September – Birmingham City Ladies (A) 2pm


1st/2nd October – Continental Cup final
9th October – Doncaster Rovers Belles (A) 2pm


6th November – Arsenal Ladies FC (H) 6pm

TRIP REPORT: Liverpool Ladies P – P Chelsea Ladies

Instead of watching my beloved Liverpool Ladies take on Chelsea Ladies today, I spent 7 hours sitting in traffic as depicted in the above photograph.

We had set off at 8am this morning in order to avoid the dreaded Easter Monday congestion and until arriving at Warwick South services, everything was going swimmingly.

Having arrived at the services at 10:30ish and about ready to head back on the road for the final hour of the trip, Liverpool tweeted that due to heavy rainfall overnight there was due to be a pitch inspection at 11am.

We sat around and waited for another half an hour before heading back out only to be in the car 5 minutes when it was confirmed the game was off. Drat. Time to turn around and head back up the M6.

Chelsea is an away fixture that hasn’t been kind to us in the last 2 years, a 0-0 draw in 2014 and a 1-0 defeat last season, yet it’s always an away day I enjoy. I like the stadium.

It was also the first away day where I accepted a lift from my fam, the Keam’s, and now I travel (see: tag along) on all their road trips. Singing my heart out. They love it.

7 hours after leaving Liverpool we arrived at the Academy Stadium to watch Manchester City take on Arsenal.

The whole ordeal has got me thinking, or it’s psychologically damaged me to such an extent that I’m writing this, that despite not watching the Reds, I still had a bloody good day.

I sang the Shanice Van de Sanden song way too many times, I saw friends I haven’t seen in months and even though we really did take the scenic route to the extreme to go down the road to Manchester, we had a laugh in the car.

That’s what it’s all about really isn’t it? Yes it’s good to go and watch the Reds and watch the Reds hopefully score a few goals and grab the 3 points.

Yet it’s still good to have a catch up and watch some football and some goals even if it’s not the Reds.

Staines defeated us today, but we’ll be back.

P.S. This Saturday, 2nd April I’ll be reporting from the u17s final league game of the season, they’ve already secured the league title with a game to spare! Then, on Sunday I’ll be up in Sunderland to watch ex-Red Lucy Staniforth with her new team and launching a new section on this blog about players who have moved on from Liverpool.


SIOBHAN CHAMBERLAIN was the heroine as Liverpool Ladies got their 2016 FA Women’s Super League campaign off to a winning start against Birmingham City Ladies.

The no.1 saved a penalty in the opening 5 minutes and produced a commanding performance between the posts, while Shanice Van De Sanden netted the winning goal for the Reds on an eye-catching full debut.

Van De Sanden was one of a trio of changes Scott Rogers made to his side from Saturday’s FA Cup defeat, Kate Longhurst and Emma Lundh also handed starts in place of Laura Coombs, Caroline Weir and Rosie White.

The defence was unchanged with Chamberlain behind the back four of Martha Harris, Gemma Bonner, Mandy Van Den Berg and Alex Greenwood, Longhurst joined Sophie Ingle and Katie Zelem in midfield while Van De Sanden and Lundh slotted into with Natasha Harding in attack.

The first major incident of the game was the penalty decision, harshly given against Ingle for handball and – without the benefits of replays – on first glance appearing to be just outside or at the edge of the 18-yard box.

Kirsty Linnett took the spot kick which Chamberlain impressively dived to her left to punch away, a Blue shirt latched onto the rebound only to fire wide.

Buoyed by the penalty save Liverpool grew in confidence and only minutes later had the opening goal.

Longhurst sent a defence splitting pass to Van De Sanden, the Dutch winger knocking the ball past Birmingham keeper Sophie Baggaley with ease before ensuring it went over the line despite both centre-backs closing in.

Van De Sanden appeared to be everywhere during the opening 45 minutes, the understanding between her and Lundh growing as the half grew on with the striker turning and looking for Van De Sanden every time she received the ball.

On one explosive run down the right wing Van De Sanden shook off Jess Carter and hit a cross towards goal – this was sent out for a corner, from which Greenwood’s ball skimmed the head of skipper Bonner and landed at the feet of Van Den Berg, whose effort from 6-yards out was cleared off the line.

Back at the other end Birmingham continued to test Chamberlain but to no avail. Linnett again denied by the Reds keeper who also stopped Melissa Lawley from getting on the score sheet after a great run into the box.

On the stroke of half time Liverpool had perhaps their greatest chance of doubling the lead; Chamberlain punching clear a Jo Potter free kick and Van De Sanden quick to counter, beating a number of Blue shirts before passing the Lundh. The Swede made it all the way to the byline and attempted to cut the ball back however this was intercepted.

Back out for the second half and Liverpool continued to impress and show promise at each end of the pitch. Linnett and Freda Ayisi forced Bonner into sending the ball out for a corner, which was batted away by Chamberlain and cleared by Zelem.

Quick up at the other end Harding kept the ball in play, passing back back to Lundh who played a one-two with Zelem. receiving it back with her back to goal and unable to turn and shoot.

The Birmingham defence was quick to close down Lundh whenever she had the ball at her feet, as also displayed moments later after Greenwood passed to the no.9 in a similar position – the left-back attempting to set Lundh through following a clever dummy to deceive her marker.

Harding then created a chance for herself and was only denied her first Liverpool goal by a point blank save from Baggaley.

The most controversial moment of the match came with 20 minutes still to play, the referee awarding Birmingham a second penalty after inexplicably deeming Van Den Berg had fouled Lawley. The centre half was also given her marching orders, while Longhurst picked up a booking of her own for protesting.

Ayisi stepped up to take the penalty this time and sent her strike from the spot wide, a small justice for Liverpool who were now down to 10, Ingle dropping back into defence to play alongside Bonner for the remainder of the game.

What followed was real backs-against-the-wall defending from the Liverpool side determined to hold on to their lead.

Bonner threw herself into a trio of challenges, Harris blocked several goal bound shots and Chamberlain parried a fizzing hit from outside the area, before reacting and holding on well to Ayisi’s strike from inside the box.

An important first 3 points on the board for Rogers and Liverpool, who next face Chelsea Ladies away from home on Easter Monday.

Liverpool Ladies: Chamberlain, Harris, Bonner (C), Van Den Berg, Greenwood, Ingle, Zelem (Coombs 80), Longhurst, Harding (White 90), Van De Sanden, Lundh (Weir 74)

Player of the match: Siobhan Chamberlain


A WONDER STRIKE from 17-year old Georgia Stanway and Nikita Parris’s second-half header sent Manchester City Women into the next round of The FA Cup at the expense of Liverpool Ladies.
Scott Rogers named 7 debutants amongst his starting 11; Siobhan Chamberlain in goal, Mandy Van Den Berg joining Gemma Bonner in central defence with Alex Greenwood and Martha Harris on the left and right.
Sophie Ingle provided cover for the back line in defensive midfield alongside Laura Coombs, while Katie Zelem played behind Rosie White up front and Natasha Harding and Caroline Weir either side of her.
Both sides played cautiously in the opening 20 minutes. The game bursting into life when Chamberlain held on well to a fierce Toni Duggan strike and quickly redistributing the ball, straight up at the other end Liverpool had strong claims for a penalty waved away – White looked to have been bundled over by Abbie McManus.
Minutes later Chamberlain denied Duggan again, brilliantly stretching to tip her international team mate’s dipping shot over the crossbar. The new no.1 impressed throughout her debut, producing another block with her feet at close range and generally organising her defence well. 
Liverpool began to threaten when Harris went on a rampaging run down the right wing and, under pressure from Duggan, sending a cross towards the incoming Harding however City keeper Karen Bardsley got there first. 
It when then that City struck the first blow with Stanway unleashing a 30-yard hit to put the Reds behind, Stanway had not long replaced the injured Izzy Christiansen.
The goal was particularly cruel as until that point Liverpool had batted away everything City had thrown at them, and continued to do so for the remainder of the first half. Harris blocking shot after shot, Chamberlain saving from Swedish striker Kosovare Asllani and Greenwood heading away a dangerous cross that was on its way to Duggan from the Swede.
Rogers made one change at the break, Emma Lundh making her competitive debut replacing White up front. 
The Reds came under pressure early in the second-half. A Duggan free-kick was headed away by Bonner as far as Bronze; Bonner then blocked the former Liverpool defender’s shot before clearing. City were quick to press forward again, Jill Scott closed down quickly at the edge of the area by Van Den Berg.
Liverpool then pressed forward, Greenwood’s cross met by Zelem yet not falling for Harding. The Welsh winger then chased a long ball forward, almost reaching it but for Bardsley being quick off her line to gather.
It would be another City substitute to find the back of the net for the visitors. Parris nodding the ball past Chamberlain from a set piece to make it 2-0. The former Everton striker has made a habit out of scoring against Liverpool. 
Supporters in attendance, 743 the official crowd figure, were treated to one final debut as Shanice Van de Sanden came on for Weir and Kate Longhurst made her first appearance of the season replacing Coombs.
Liverpool almost pulled a goal back when Harris found Longhurst on the edge of the box, Longhurst headed on to Lundh whose shot went the wrong side of the post. 
Lundh looked sharp during her 45 minutes, dropping deeper to link the midfield to the attack and spraying clever passes sideways. The no.9 was unlucky not to find herself on the scoresheet as a last-ditch header from Bronze sent her goalbound strike out for a corner and she almost found the back of the net from a Zelem lay off, shooting inches wide. 
LIVERPOOL XI Chamberlain, Harris, Bonner (C), Van Den Berg, Greenwood, Ingle, Coombs (Longhurst), Harding, Weir (Van de Sanden), Zelem, White (Lundh)
Despite the result there are plenty of positives the Reds can take. Performing well defensively with Harris, as usual, a stand out along with the aforementioned Chamberlain, and Van Den Berg displayed great awareness. Ingle was also an imposing presence in the midfield, throwing herself into challenges while Zelem showed great promise further up the pitch. 
Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from the defeat as they begin their 2016 league campaign on Wednesday night; kickoff is 7:30pm at Select Stadium, Widnes.


Liverpool Ladies v Manchester City Women
The FA Cup fifth round
5:30pm kick-off, Select Stadium, Widnes
Entry: £6 adults, £3 concessions, free for all season ticket holders
THE FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE begins its sixth season midweek with Liverpool facing Birmingham at home on Wednesday night, yet before supporters can get too excited about the prospects of a new league campaign, there is the small matter of an FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester City.

I wrote midweek on The Anfield Wrap that there are no expectations on this Liverpool side, no pressure only intrigue. For many this is the first time that Scott Rogers’s new look line-up will be seen, and as such the fact that this is an FA Cup tie is not really at the forefront of the mind. 
City go into the game favourites, last year’s runners up have strengthened a settled side by adding Kosovare Asllani and Jane Ross to an already threatening forward line. However new defender Megan Campbell will miss 2-months with an ankle injury along with midfielder Keira Walsh. City have an excellent starting 11 but could come to rue their small overall squad as the season draws on.
Lucy Bronze will be a familiar face on the opposition team sheet, the right-back entering her second year in Manchester and joined in defence by England captain Steph Houghton and no.1 Karen Bardsley. Further up the field Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen will be the main threats from midfield, while City have also completed the signing of Everton’s Nikita Parris after the striker spent last season on loan from the Blues. 
What of the Reds then, Siobhan Chamberlain will be the likely starter between the posts behind captain Gemma Bonner and fellow new addition Mandy Van Den Burg. Liverpool’s spine will look wholly different from last year with Sophie Ingle in centre midfield and Emma Lundh the new number nine. 
Natasha Harding joined Liverpool from City during the transfer window and will be a huge asset to the side, not only in this opening game but throughout the season with her direct and creative play. Harding said on LFCtv prior to the game “fortunately for Liverpool I was at City and I know how they play, and unfortunately for City I know how they play and now I’m on the other side.”
Liverpool have plenty of options now, with the ability to pick a strong starting 11 and still have quality on the bench; Competition for places will be high.
Come on Liverpool, here we go!