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Blues narrow gap on Arsenal
 Women's Football News 21 May 2012
 
Birmingham City 3 (Twohig og 16, Harrop 51, Taylor 57) Liverpool 1 (K.Jones 77)
Birmingham City piled the pressure on FA WSL leaders Arsenal by moving to within two points of the Gunners after overcoming Liverpool 3-1. 
 
Liverpool started brightly at the DCS Stadium by controlling the lion's share of possession, leaving the Blues struggling to get a foothold on the game.
 
However against the run of play on 16 minutes Karen Carney's testing cross caused Nicola Twohig to take a reckless swipe at the ball, which flew in off the bar past Reds 'keeper Nicola Davies.
 
Birmingham upped the ante as the first half wore on with Carney terrorising the visitors' defence.
The England international headed Rachel Unitt's cross onto the roof of the net, then moments later Kerys Harrop forced Davies into a fine save with an effort from close range.
 
On 32 minutes Davies was called into action again, when the returning Jodie Taylor stung her hands courtesy of a venomous 20-yard strike.
 
The Blues were very much in the ascendancy as the interval approached and Jo Potter almost doubled her team's advantage. Potter's outrageous free kick from 35 yards well and truly beat Davies, but the attempt missed the near post by inches.
 
The 27-year-old tried her luck again the other side of the break, this time striking the woodwork, but two goals in the space of six minutes secured a comfortable three points for the Blues.
 
Sixty seconds after Eniola Aluko stepped off the bench, the England striker slid a beautiful ball across the face of goal for Kerys Harrop to coolly slot into the bottom corner. Birmingham's third goal of the afternoon shortly followed after Taylor produced a fine finish from close range.
 
The Merseyside outfit did pose a danger at times, though, and Emily Gielnik struck the upright with a little over 20 minutes to play.
 
Gielnik's team mate Kelly Jones managed to pull one back on 77 minutes, although it proved nothing more than a consolation for the Reds.
 
The hosts could have easily won by a more handsome scoreline, with Rachel Williams seeing her header cleared off the line in stoppage time, but it was a professional performance nonetheless.
 
Birmingham City: Rebecca Spencer, Chelsea Weston (sub Jade Moore 64mins), Rachel Unitt, Kerys Harrop, Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett, Issy Christiansen (sub Eniola Aluko 50mins), Rachel Williams, Jodie Taylor, Karen Carney, Jo Potter (sub Marie Ballard 69mins). Subs not used: Marie Hourihan, Cristina Torkildsen.

Liverpool: Nicola Davies, Samantha Chapell, Vicky Jones, Nicola Twohig, Katie Brusell, Kelly Jones, Emily Gielnik, Nicky Harding (sub Caroline Johnson 75mins), Michelle Evans (sub Lynda Shepherd 55mins), Chloe Jones (sub Amie Fleming 75mins), Hannah Keryakoplis. Subs not used: Sophie Jones, Aroon Clansey.

(Report by www.TheFA.com)


 
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