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Liverpool 4 (Dowie 6,30, Bonner 63) Everton 2 (Parris 4,45)
Natasha Dowie scored a hat-trick as Liverpool put themselves on the brink of a first ever FA WSL title with a 4-2 win over local rivals Everton at the Halton Stadium.
Matt Beard's side need to avoid defeat in their final match of the season against title rivals Bristol Academy in order to be crowned Champions. The result effectively ends Arsenal's chances due to Liverpool possessing a vastly superior goal difference.
The match got off to an explosive start as first Amanda Da Costa had a shot saved and then Everton, looking determined to spoil their local rivals' party, took a fourth minute lead when neat and tidy football saw Jill Scott wriggle free and find Nikita Parris, who curled her shot into the corner of the net.
However Everton's joy lasted just two minutes, Dowie breaking through to lob Rachel Brown-Finnis for the equaliser.
The derby continued at a frantic pace and it was Everton who almost went back in front when Scott's header was cleared off the line.
It was Liverpool who were to have the next say though and almost inevitably it was Dowie who netted her second against her old club, a good move culminating with her finishing off from Corina Schroder's cross.
Everton were not finished though and Parris, who has been in outstanding form recently, did her England prospects no harm by levelling the scores on the stroke of half time with an exquisite 35-yard lob which gave Rachael Laws no chance.
Things were a lot tighter at the start of the second half with Everton having marginally the better of play without really troubling Laws, before Liverpool came up with another huge blow just after the hour mark.
Louise Fors floated in a corner and Gemma Bonner got away from her marker to plant a far post header past Brown-Finnis and put her side back in front.
This time, despite their best efforts, there was no coming back for Everton and the Reds went on to seal a vital victory when Dowie completed a great week for herself, scoring her hat-trick goal by heading in a cross from Nicole Rolser.
Liverpool: Rachael Laws, Lucy Bronze, Corina Schroder, Fara Williams, Gemma Bonner, Whitney Engen, Amanda Da Costa, Katrin Omarsdottir, Natasha Dowie, Louise Fors (sub Sarah Gregorius 72mins), Nicole Rolser (sub Kate Longhurst 88mins). Subs not used: Sarah Quantrill, Becky Easton, Jess Holbrook, Ellie Stewart, Katie Zelem.
Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Brooke Chaplen, Paige Williams, Amy Kane (sub Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah 72mins), Alex Greenwood, Lindsay Johnson, Jody Handley (sub Simone Magill 24mins), Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris. Subs not used: Vicky Jones, Lucy Whipp, Billie Murphy, Megan Walsh.
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