Match Report: Liverpool 0-1 Everton

Photo: James Giblin

It was a chaotic start to the Merseyside derby, as Lucy Hope was forced off the pitch through injury in the first minutes of the game, with Clare Wheeler replacing her.

Seconds after the substitution, the Reds have the ball in the back of the net through Missy Bo Kearns but the flag is raised for offside, and Everton are let off.

With the hosts pushing for the opener, they go close again as Ceri Holland smashes the ball at the crossbar, and despite looking lively, it was somehow still level seven minutes into the game.

As the first half ticked away, Everton got into the game, and slowed the hosts down in their attempt to control this tie, with both sides beginning to manage possession better.

But shortly after the half an hour mark, Everton had a corner crossed into the box, and an unmarked Megan Finnegan blasted her side into the lead with a blistering header.

The Toffees captain was unmarked in the box, giving her plenty of space to capitalise and fire her side into the lead.

Into the second half, and Liverpool needed to find a way into this game to avoid losing to their rivals at home, again.

But for the opening stages of the second half, the visitors dominated, and controlled the game as they looked to maintain their narrow lead.

With both sides taking it in turns to make a triple substitution, Liverpool continued to find their equaliser, and the crowd were getting behind their respective sides, but the fans that have home fans that have packed out the Kop and the Sir Kenny Dalglish stand were getting frustrated with less than 20 minutes on the clock.

With less than 10 minutes to play in normal time, Rachael Laws made a brilliant save to deny Everton a second and punch the ball out for a corner.

As the visitors looked to finish the game off, Katja Snoeijs struck the ball at the crossbar and this time, it is Liverpool who survived.

Despite a dominant start to the game, it wasn’t meant to be for the hosts whose unbeaten run comes to an end. With a mix of individual errors and minor mistakes added to the set-piece costing Liverpool.

For Matt Beard, it is back to the training ground as his sides losing streak against Everton continues, but on the other side of the dugout, history has repeated itself, as despite their poor

start to the season, Everton found a way to change their fortune around and leave Anfield with all three points.

Liverpool: Laws, Koivisto, Clark, Fisk, Bonner, Hinds, Nagano, Holland, Höbinger, Kearns, Roman Haug.

Subs: Micah, Parry, Taylor, Daniels, Lundgaard, Enderby, Flint, Lawley, Matthews

Everton: Brosnan, Veje, Björn, Vanhaevermaet, Bennison, Bissell, Sørensen, Hope, Payne, Finnigan, Galli

Subs: Ramsey, Campbell, Wheeler, Duggan, Snoeijs, Holmgaard, Aherne, Olsesen

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