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Liverpool 1 (Foster pen 43) Everton 2 (Harries 90, Dowie 90)
The Merseyside derby produced late drama as a Cheryl Foster spot kick was cancelled out by two injury time Everton goals, taking bragging rights back to the Blue half of the city.
The Reds again let a lead slide away late into the game, but the derby lived up to its name and proved to be an entertaining spectacle none the least. Everton therefore go back into second place in the table and are once more setting the pace in the race for the runners-up spot, whilst Liverpool went down to their third successive narrow defeat under new manager Matt Beard.
Both sides started the match with obvious signs of nerves, but the visitors had Nicola Davies in the Reds goal fretting early on when a Fara Williams corner rebounded off the near post. The two teams had soon settled when a clash of heads left Katie Brusell down holding her jaw, but in true derby day fashion she got back to her feet and soldiered on for her side.
Everton upped their search for a back four splitting pass, but Liverpool's defensive training paid off and their well constructed, high line resulted in a busy day for the linesman, who was forced into flagging for offside on a number of occasions.
Hannah Keryakoplis continued her recent good form, proving herself a tough task to handle for the Everton back line, twisting and turning her way past defenders, but failing to find the net.
Liverpool were awarded a penalty just before the break when Michelle Evans long range shot deflected off a hand. Cheryl Foster stepped up and she kept her cool, firing to the right of Rachel Brown in the Everton goal, who even after guessing correctly, failed to keep it out.
The second half resumed with Toni Duggan showing trickery in front of Davies' goal, but the keeper was quick off her line and smothered all threats. Everton's leading goalscorer was then replaced on the 50th minute by Gwennan Harries.
Nicola Davies prevented the Blues equalising soon after with a fantastic save, clawing Fara Williams' curling effort away from the top corner, after a smart back heel from Jill Scott presented her with the shooting opportunity. The keeper was then hastily up again to parry the rebound out for a corner.
The second half saw Everton pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser, but captain Vicky Jones lead her side, and more specifically her back four to an extremely organised defensive display who found themselves unfortunate to succumb to defeat.
The fourth official showed 4 minutes of additional time, cueing Everton's late goalscoring surge. Harries' strike came first after a long throw in was flicked on and she picked her spot conclusively at the back post.
Natasha Dowie then found herself one on one with Davies after a hopeful punt forward, but she retained her composure and her finely placed lob looped over the onrushing keeper into an empty net to give Everton what had seemed an unlikely victory.
Liverpool: Nicola Davies, Sam Chappell, Alex Culvin, Michelle Evans, Nicki Harding, Vicky Jones, Katie Brusell, Cheryl Foster (sub Lizzie Ince 73mins), Hannah Keryakoplis (sub Chloe Jones 86mins), Kelly Jones, Emily Gielnik (sub Lillie Billson 63mins).
Everton: Rachel Brown, Brooke Chaplen, Alex Greenwood, Fara Williams, Lucy Bronze, Lindsay Johnson, Jody Handley (sub Nikita Parris 72mins), Jill Scott, Natasha Dowie, Amy Kane (sub Michelle Hinnigan 64mins), Toni Duggan (sub Gwennan Harries 51mins).
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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