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Tash settles derby encounter
 Women's Football News 27 Jul 2011
 
Everton 1 (Dowie 30) Liverpool 0
Everton's charge up the FA WSL table continued as they took the derby honours against Liverpool. 
 
After a disappointing start, the in-form Toffees have moved ominously up to third having won their last three games. Natasha Dowie's 30th minute winner was enough to see off the struggling Reds, who remain rooted to the foot of the division and are still searching for their first league win, at Everton's packed out Marine AFC ground which yielded an attendance of 1,135.
 
The Merseyside rivals shared a thrilling 3-3 draw on the opening day of the new WSL season at Skelmersdale in April. Dowie struck twice that day, including a dramatic injury time equaliser, and the Everton striker proved Liverpool's nemesis again with the game's only goal on the half hour mark.
 
This time Dowie took advantage of indecision in the Liverpool defence as she beat Vicky Jones to Toni Duggan's cross and poked the ball under goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons and into the empty net.
 
The lively Duggan, who scored one and made another in the 2-0 victory against Chelsea on Sunday, was nearly on the scoresheet herself moments later but her header from Jody Handley's pinpoint looped over the bar.
 
Kelly Jones had a great chance to level matters for Liverpool when the ball broke invitingly to the winger inside the Blues' area but she shot tamely at Rachel Brown. Defender Nicky Twohig then wasted an even better opportunity on the stroke of half time when she headed over Michelle Evans' corner as the Reds searched for an equaliser.
 
Mo Marley's side were well in control after the interval and Brooke Chaplen flashed a 20-yard drive just wide of the post at the start of the second half. The dangerous Dowie fired just wide after running on to Handley's delightful chip over the top.
 
Substitute Gwennan Harries came closest to a well deserved second goal with a spectacular volley but Everton could not add to their advantage as they kept alive their hopes of catching leaders Birmingham. 
 
Everton: Rachel Brown, Becky Easton, Rachel Unitt, Brooke Chaplen (sub Amy Kane 71mins), Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Jody Handley (sub Gwennan Harries 71mins), Jill Scott, Natasha Dowie, Toni Duggan, Michelle Hinnigan. Subs not used: Danielle Hill, Jess Holbrook, Lucy Bronze.

Liverpool: Danielle Gibbons, Sam Chappell, Nicky Twohig, Emma Jones, Kelly Jones, Lynda Shepherd (sub Chloe Jones 78mins), Gemma Watson (sub Nicky Harding 71mins), Ruesha Littlejohn, Vicky Jones, Michelle Evans, Katie Brusell. Subs not used: Cheryl Foster, Caroline Charlton.

(Report by www.TheFA.com)


 
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