While the men are embroiled in one of the tightest title challenges in the Premier League era, and the senior women aren’t doing that hot during their rebuild year (and it’s been a rebuild), there’s one part of Merseyside that’s kept the pride alive. The Liverpool FC Women Academy clinched the title of the brand new Academy League after a 4-2 win over Chelsea last weekend, with three games left to play. This is their first win under the new league and fourth in total, including past wins under the Development League.
The girls have the chance to go for a double this, as well, as they play for the FAWSL Plate final on Sunday, April 21st. The wins mark major achievements for golden debutant Missy Bo Kearns and captain Annabel Blanchard. Blanchard was clearly pretty ecstatic with the win speaking with LiverpoolFC.com earlier this week.
“We are all delighted to win the league after such a hard season. It’s a fantastic achievement for all the players and staff after all the time and effort they have invested into the team,” Blanchard said.
“Throughout the season we have tried to play good attacking football and represent the club in a fitting manner. I think we have managed that and we now have a final to look forward to on Sunday.”
The Red Women have endured some pretty challenging times on all sides this year, but head coach Martin Ho believes they’ve shown grace and positivity in facing those challenges.
“It’s a fantastic moment for the players to win the league title with three games to go. I asked for personality in everything they do and that has happened in abundance,” Ho told the club website.
“This group of players are a credit to the club and their families and it’s been a pleasure to work with them this season. We have had numerous challenges along the way and the players have responded positively each and every time.
“I am delighted for every one of them and I want them to enjoy this moment but remain focused as we still have three big league games to go and the Academy Plate Final on April 21 against a very good Bristol City Women side. The celebrations are on hold for now but I want this to bleed confidence for the remainder of the campaign.
“A final mention must go to all the staff at Liverpool FC who have provided the team with the on and off-pitch support they have needed to produce the performances week in and week out. I can’t thank you enough.”