International break, right? No one actually cares about World Cup Qualifiers, do they? Rather than be on pins and needles waiting to hear which of our players will come back injured from international duty, there is an alternative. There is still football to get behind, and that’s the Liverpool Ladies.
After beating Everton last week to send them to the quarterfinals, the Ladies were drawn to meet the Notts County Bees on Sunday. While the squad itself may be going through a bit of a rebuilding period after losing England’s most capped international player Fara Williams and adjusting to a new manager, things are looking bright ahead of the ladies as they fight for silverware.
England International Casey Stoney made her debut for the Ladies against the Bees alongside captain Gemma Bonner in defense and were crucial to the side’s maintenance of the clean sheet. Goals from Caroline Weir and Natasha Harding guaranteed the Reds the lead early in the first half, but that didn’t stop the Ladies from trying for a third or fourth as the match went on. Dutch International Shanice Van de Sanden, who scored the winner against Everton on Monday, had plenty of chances to join the scoresheet, but couldn’t quite finish.
With the Ladies’ season coming back and the men’s season winding down over the next couple months, now is the perfect time to start following the Ladies. While streams are hard to come by, BT Sport announced they’ll be televising fixtures, and LFC TV always has league matches and match highlights. It’s not ideal, of course, and feels a bit like living in the wilderness years of soccer fandom all over again, but the only way to bring about those positive changes is to be there to support. You can also follow the Ladies on Twitter, and follow along with every match there.
The semifinal draw for the Women’s FA Cup will be on Monday at 2:45BST.