Liverpool Ladies suffered a setback this Wednesday when they lost 3-0 against Arsenal in the FA Women’s Super League 1. Arsenal kicked off their goal spree when Vivianne Miedema was fouled in the box by Sophie Ingle in the 29th minute. Miedema saw her penalty saved by Becky Flaherty, but managed to score the Gunners’ first on the rebound. Arsenal’s second goal came from Dominique Janssen at half-time, and they secured their win when Lisa Evans netted a shot in the 62nd minute.
Liverpool had several chances to take the lead in the first half, but failed to capitalise. The Reds are still sitting in third place in the League, but Arsenal are now just one point behind them.
“In the first half I thought it was quite an evenly-matched game,” Reds’ coach, Scott Rogers, said after the game. “The second half you can see we’re trying to chase it. We’re leaving gaps everywhere, but we’re trying to chase the game.
“I said to the girls we gave ourselves a mountain to climb at half-time and unfortunately we couldn’t climb it. It’s just one of them things — it’s football. In the first half I thought we had the better chances. We just didn’t take them.
“We lost 3-0 so you can’t just say that the penalty cost us the game, but I think it had a major impact on it because I think it did change the game.”
“We knew this period would be difficult, but we can’t whinge about it. We want to play the big football matches. We want to be competing at the highest level and we’re doing it our way. We’re trying to build on and off the pitch.”
Liverpool Ladies will head to Manchester City to take on the league leaders (who have a whopping 22 points compared to Liverpool’s 15) on Sunday.