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Liverpool 1 (Longhurst 11) Everton 0
Kate Longhurst ensured Liverpool regained Merseyside pride as she netted the only goal of the game to give the Reds a vital 1-0 win over Everton in the WSL on Wednesday night.
With the Reds starting the game fifth in the Women's Super League, five points behind leaders Birmingham, manager Matt Beard had called this clash a must-win for their side if they were to maintain their title defence.
In two previous meetings against the Blues this season Liverpool had lost one and drawn the other encounter, so this was sweet revenge at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.
It was actually the Blues who were quickest off the mark and nearly took the lead inside the opening two minutes, but Libby Stout showed just what an inspired signing she has been by Matt Beard with a magnificent point blank stop to deny the dangerous Nikita Parris at point blank range.
Longhurst struck the only goal of the game after eleven minutes. A great run down the left flank from left back Corina Schroder saw her cross find Natasha Dowie, who expertly fed the ball to Longhurst and she made no mistake with a superb finish.
Dowie then went close to a second goal with an effort glanced just wide from a superb free kick delivery by Fara Williams.
Everton pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the second half when Stout made an excellent claim to stop a deflected Danielle Turner effort going in off Schroder.
Longhurst then nearly produced a second goal on the counter attack but she fired over the top after a superb break involving Dowie.
Towards the end of the contest, always dangerous Gemma Davison came so close to putting the game beyond the Blues when she was denied by a brilliant stop from Rachel Brown-Finnis, then at the other end of the field Parris had a golden chance for a late equaliser but fired wide from close range.
Liverpool: Libby Stout, Nina Pedersen, Corina Schroder, Fara Williams, Gemma Bonner, Lucy Bronze, Gemma Davison, Kate Longhurst (sub Martha Harris 78mins), Natasha Dowie, Amanda Da Costa, Katie Zelem (sub Katrin Omarsdottir 69mins). Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Becky Easton, Ellie Stewart, Hannah Dale, Ashley Hodson.
Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Vicky Jones, Alex Greenwood, Brooke Chaplen, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Danielle Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris, Simone Magill, Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Paige Williams, Amy Kane, Lucy Whipp, Gabrielle George, Lauren Davies.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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