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Everton 1 (Scott 56) Liverpool 4 (Rolser 31, Fors 65, Schroder 74, Dowie 88)
Liverpool won 4-1 at Everton to take the derby bragging rights and go three points clear at the top of the FA WSL.
Nicole Rolser had put the away side in front during the first half before Jill Scott levelled matters after the break. Louise Fors and Corina Schroder then struck in the space of nine second half minutes to put the Reds in charge before Natasha Dowie confirmed the result late on in front of a crowd of 1,124.
In glorious sunshine it was the Blues who started brighter. Nikita Parris looked threatening and Toni Duggan kept Liverpool goalkeeper - recent emergency loan signing Rachael Laws - busy.
The conditions were in complete contrast to the previous meeting of the sides back in March when snow had to be cleared from the pitch. On that Arctic March evening, Liverpool had taken the lead and they did so again just after the half hour this time around. A high ball into the Everton box wasn't cleared and while others hesitated, Rolser poked in the opener.
That was the beginning of a period of domination for the visitors during which only a fine Brooke Chaplen block prevented Amanda Da Costa from making it 2-0.
The frantic tempo continued into the second half as Parris found herself behind the defence only to square the ball when it looked like a shot might have been the better option. Immediately the girls in red countered and Dowie worked some room only to shoot wide.
Another quick counter attack - going in the opposite direction - brought the leveller on 56 minutes. Parris and Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah played a one-two and when the former found herself through on goal her cross-shot was converted by Scott.
Parity lasted just nine minutes as the away side regained the lead when Fors' low drive zipped in. Fara Williams' free kick then looked destined to make it 3-1 until a superb Lizzy Durack save denied her. However, sixteen minutes from full time, Durack was helpless as Schroder pounced on a rebound to ram the ball in.
With the win already secured, Liverpool increased their margin of victory two minutes from time when Dowie evaded the offside trap to calmly net against her former club.
Everton: Lizzy Durack, Vicky Jones, Alex Greenwood, Amy Kane (sub Lucy Whipp 85mins), Lindsay Johnson, Brooke Chaplen, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Michelle Hinnigan (sub Kelly Jones 64mins), Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah (sub Simone Magill 78mins). Subs not used: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Julie Nelson, Jody Handley, Paige Williams.
Liverpool: Rachael Laws, Lucy Bronze, Whitney Engen, Fara Williams (sub Becky Easton 81mins), Gemma Bonner, Corina Schroder, Jess Holbrook, Amanda Da Costa, Natasha Dowie, Louise Fors, Nicole Rolser (sub Lillie Billson 81mins). Subs not used: Sam Chappell, Hannah Keryakoplis, Sophia Riccio.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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