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Belles pegged back by late goals
 Women's Football News 11 Sep 2015
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 (Lipka 23, Sweetman-Kirk 34,78) Everton 3 (Boye-Hlorkah 76,90, Stewart 87)
The Belles are set for a tense end of the season after Everton fought back from two goals down to take a point at the Keepmoat Stadium. 
 
A brace from Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah and an Ellie Stewart strike cancelled out Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's double and Kasia Lipka's wonder goal.
 
There was an early chance for the Belles as Bethany England found space on the right but she couldn't find Sweetman-Kirk in space in the box. Fantastic counter play from Kasia Lipka almost allowed Sweetman-Kirk to open the scoring but her effort fired just wide.
 
Everton were enjoying the majority of the early possession but couldn't find a way round the Belles defence. The visitors should have been in front though on ten minutes when a cross from the left found an unmarked Boye-Hlorkah but she could only power a header wide.
 
England then went close for the Belles heading straight at Kirstie Levell in the Everton goal. Down the other end, a free kick lofted from the right found the head of Ellie Stewart but she couldn't steer the ball into the far corner.
 
It was a nervy game but the Belles took the lead in superb fashion, Lipka picking the ball up 30-yards from goal and hitting a rocket into the top corner for her first goal of the season.
 
The goal gave the Belles confidence and they doubled their lead when top scorer Sweetman-Kirk latched on to a through ball and slotted home at the second attempt.
 
Boye-Hlorkah had a glorious opportunity to pull a goal back but her header trickled wide after pressure from Nicola Hobbs.
 
After the break the Belles pushed forward and after a fantastic ball from Sweetman-Kirk, England struck just over the bar. However, with 15 minutes to play, Boye-Hlorkah, who had threatened all night, headed home from a corner to leave a nervy finish.
 
Sweetman-Kirk was seemingly having no Everton comeback though, latching on the England's pass to fire home from 18 yards only a minute later.
 
The lifeline came when Ellie Stewart pulled a second back in bizarre fashion with four minutes left. Her shot from the centre circle looped in over Hobbs to again leave for a nervier finish than first imagined. The comeback was complete with seconds left to play when Boye-Hlorkah hooked home from close range. 
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Sophie Barker, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Hope Knight, Kasia Lipka, Jade Lorton-Radburn (sub Sam Tierney 80mins), Emily Simpkins, Bethany England, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Emily Roberts. Subs not used: Lyndsey Cunningham, Nicole Dale, Ashleigh Mills, Lauren Cresswell, Molly Johnson, Sophie Stamp.

Everton: Kirstie Levell, Lindsay Johnson (sub Jess King 82mins), Ellie Stewart, Gabby George, Paige Williams (sub Vicky Jones 54mins), Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones, Lauren Davies (sub Emily Hollinshead 60mins), Simone Magill, Danielle Turner, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah. Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Danielle Lea, Claudia Walker.

Attendance: 488

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


 
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