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Liverpool 2 (Dowie 59, Omarsdottir 89) Sunderland 0
Liverpool moved to the top of Group Two and qualified for the quarter finals of the Continental Tyres Cup after a 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Select Security Stadium on Wednesday night.
In the opening two minutes of the game, there was an injury scare for Sunderland when two of their players Gemma Wilson and Victoria Williams collided with each other. After treatment both players tried to play on but Williams was the one that came off the worst and was forced off the field after seven minutes.
Liverpool then went close from a corner but Kate Longhurst could only fire the ball over the bar from close range after a great delivery from Rosie White. Dowie was unlucky when a cross from Gemma Bonner fell invitingly in the penalty area, but the in-form striker glanced her header just wide
The Reds were dominating the game but just couldn't convert their superiority into goals and there was always the danger of Sunderland breaking through on the counter attack. On 21 minutes a slip from Bonner let in Beth Mead who was running clean through, but Becky Easton arrived in the nick of time to make a fantastic last ditch tackle.
Two minutes later, a pass from Katrin Omarsdottir sent Dowie racing clear, but after holding off the defender she blasted an effort that came back off the bar.
On 31 minutes the Ladies should have scored. Katie Zelem chased a loose ball and collided with the Sunderland goalkeeper Hilde Olsen, but as the ball dropped invitingly White's effort lacked power and was cleared off the line.
The second-half began with both sides in lively form going forward. Only a fantastic block from Easton prevented Mead from finding the net, while at the other end Dowie saw her low drive superbly kept out by Olsen. Martha Harris was then denied by the Sunderland keeper after a flowing move, before Liverpool Ladies eventually broke the deadlock on 59 minutes when White's corner found the head of Dowie who made no mistake to net her eighth goal from her last seven games.
Sunderland almost grabbed a late equaliser but Libby Stout made a stunning stop to keep out Mead's goalbound drive. It was a big moment in the game as in the last minute, the Reds made certain of victory when Dowie's cross from the right found Omarsdottir who slotted home for 2-0.
Liverpool: Libby Stout, Martha Harris, Gemma Bonner, Becky Easton, Maz Pacheco, Katrin Omarsdottir, Kate Longhurst (sub Satara Murray 75mins), Ashley Hodson (sub Ingrid Ryland 90mins), Katie Zelem (sub Line Smorsgard 65mins), Rosie White, Natasha Dowie. Subs not used: Rachel Darbyshire, Hannah Dale.
Sunderland: Hilde Olsen, Abby Holmes, Stephanie Bannon, Gemma Wilson, Victoria Williams (sub Vicky Greenwell 7mins), Kelly McDougall (sub Rachel Furness 61mins), Keira Ramshaw (sub Abbey Joice 61mins), Sarah McFadden, Brooke Chaplen, Stephanie Roche, Beth Mead. Subs not used: Rachael Laws, Megan Beer.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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