It was a pretty great weekend for Liverpool Ladies. They hosted Birmingham City on Saturday evening, and after a very well-fought fight, came away with three points. The Reds are now sitting at third place in the Women's Super League One.
The deciding goal came early in the game: Niamh Charles scored her second goal of the season with a calm lob over Birmingham goalkeeper Hannah Hampton when the latter came rushing out to deal with the ball.
Both sides missed several chances, but Birmingham had the lion’s share of good opportunities. Freda Ayisi, in particular, saw her two best chances frustrated by Siobhan Chamberlain and the crossbar.
Team captain, Genna Bonner (who provided the assist on Charles’ goal) was pleased by the team’s performance and eager to continue having games like this one.
“The message at half-time was to just keep doing the same, we expected it to be a tough test from Birmingham and they came and fought and we knew we had to match that,” Bonner said after the match. “We showed great character, we put our bodies on the line and we got the goal and maybe could have scored more on the counter.
“On the whole, we are delighted to get the three points and more importantly the clean sheet.
“In games like this you need to manage it and we did that superbly. We were under pressure at times but we caused them real problems.”