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Everton 2 (Chaplen 24, Bronze 39) Liverpool 0
Everton claimed local bragging rights with a victory over Liverpool which could ignite their season in the FA WSL.
In front of over 600 fans at the Halton Stadium, Liverpool started brightly and had a great chance to take the lead after just ten minutes when Kelly Jones broke into the area and cut back for Katie Brusell, but the Liverpool winger's connection was poor and the ball went wide of Rachel Brown's left hand post.
Everton got into the game more as the half went on and thought they had taken the lead themselves when Fara Williams' free kick found the head of Toni Duggan, but Duggan was thwarted by a wonderful save from Nicola Davies who once again saved Liverpool minutes later, this time tipping Jill Scott's header onto the bar.
All of Liverpool's hard work was undone on 24 minutes when Davies, who had been superb in the early stages, had her clearance intercepted by Brooke Chaplen and the Everton midfielder curled the ball elegantly into the top left hand corner from the edge of the area.
The visitors found themselves two behind fifteen minutes later as first half substitute, Lucy Bronze, found space on the edge of the area and her right footed strike nestled in the top left hand corner of Davies' goal.
The Reds reacted immediately to that goal and were unfortunate not to pull a goal back when Jones broke down the left again but her cross just evaded Emily Gielnik.
Everton were the quicker out of the blocks in the second half as Duggan's shot from Bronze's cut back clipped the bar and went over. Nikita Parris, who was lively throughout, created multiple opportunities in the second half, the best falling to Chaplen who headed wide from close range.
Liverpool failed to create many clear openings with their best chance falling to Hannah Keryakoplis, but the striker couldn't adjust her body to get the required power to test Brown.
Everton continued to attack throughout the closing stages as Scott fed through Bronze but she couldn't get her second as she blasted over from eight yards.
Liverpool keeper Davies will perhaps find herself unfortunate to be on the losing side as she once again produced a fine save in injury time, this time tipping Dowie's header over from six yards.
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