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Liverpool 1 (Harding 47) Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (O'Gorman 81)
Aine O'Gorman broke Liverpool hearts with an equaliser nine minutes from time to earn Doncaster Rovers Belles a point in the battle of the bottom two.
The Reds looked to be heading for a famous first victory in the FA WSL thanks to Nicky Harding's opener on 47 minutes in a game they dominated for long periods. But O'Gorman's late leveller left the Merseysiders still without a win in a pulsating clash at Skelmersdale.
The Reds had come flying out of the blocks and Katie Brusell showed signs of their early intent when she cut inside from the left but her curling effort was straight at Mary Earps.
Chloe Jones and Harding both tried their luck inside the opening six minutes but it was the Belles who came closest to opening the scoring through Vicky Exley.
The former England midfielder did everything right when she headed Kylla Sjoman's 18th minute corner down and towards goal, but Reds captain Vicky Jones made a superb clearance off the line to save her team.
Then it was Liverpool's turn to go close on 35 minutes. A swift counter attack found Ruesha Littlejohn, she exchanged passes with Harding before curling her shot inches past the upright.
The dangerous Exley then spotted Liverpool goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons off her line and attempted a 35-yard chip only to see her audacious effort land on the roof of the net. Gibbons then denied Kasia Lipka before the lively Harding forced a sprawling save from Earps on the stroke of half time as the game continued to flow from end to end.
The moment all Reds fans had been waiting for finally arrived two minutes into the second half. Earps reacted brilliantly to keep out Harding's initial effort after she had turned Sam Chappell's cross-shot goalwards. But the midfielder was not to be denied when she pounced on the rebound to score Liverpool's first goal in more than 12 hours of WSL football.
Harding should have added a second minutes later but fired wastefully over. Michelle Evans missed an even better chance from fellow substitute Cheryl Foster's delightful pass.
O'Gorman made Liverpool pay when she rifled home with just nine minutes left. Both sides had chances to win it late on, with Exley wasting a wonderful opportunity to seal a Doncaster victory in injury time.
Liverpool: Danielle Gibbons, Sam Chappell, Vicky Jones, Lynda Shepherd, Emma Jones, Beth Bailey, Katie Brusell, Kelly Jones, Ruesha Littlejohn (sub Gemma Watson 73mins), Nicky Harding (sub Cheryl Foster 73mins), Chloe Jones (sub Michelle Evans 73mins). Sub not used: Caroline Charlton.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Mary Earps, Maria Karlsson (sub Rhonda Jones 67mins), Shelly Cox, Katie Holtham, Victoria Williams, Kasia Lipka, Abbie Prosser (sub Julia Scott 78mins), Vicky Exley, Aine O'Gorman, Precious Hamilton, Kylla Sjoman (sub Jess Sigsworth 67mins). Subs not used: Naomi Chadwick, Beth England.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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