Liverpool Women’s final game ended with a lacklustre finish that, unfortunately, typifies the entire season. The Reds went up 2-0 and seemed to have control of the game but (as it often is with the most dangerous lead), they were unable to hold on to the lead and the London City Lionesses scored two goals in the final thirty minutes of the game and left the home team with a single point to end the season with. Goalscorer Amy Rodgers had this to say after the match:
“We were happy to get 2-0 up, but obviously we wanted to win the game, so it is disappointing in the end. It’s a great time to get a goal, just before half-time, so that was big.”
“We knew they’d come at us in the second half and we got the second goal, which was good, but we needed to hold on. I don’t know if we got little bit complacent when we went 2-0 up, and we just lacked a little bit at the back. They’ve scored once from a cross out wide and once from a set piece, so we need to be more stable at the back. We need to deal with those crosses coming in.”
“We’ve finished the season in third, and I think that’s a fair reflection. In the second half of the season, we have been eight games unbeaten in the league, which is a massive thing for us. It’s something we need to take into next season.”
The Reds started off shaky both offensively and in defense this season, but in the latter half, have regularly converted chances that they had struggled with before. The fact that the Reds finished third despite a few very shaky performances and the fact that there are some clear plans for how to keep improving is a positive sign for next season and the fight for promotion.