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Liverpool Ladies 1 Blues Ladies 1

Posted: Mon 26 May 2014

Karen Carney celebrates

Image by: Ville Vuorinen

Birmingham City Ladies went two points clear at the top of the FA Women's Super League after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Victory for the Reds would have seen the reigning champions leapfrog their opponents into top spot as Karen Carney’s penalty was cancelled out by another spot-kick from Fara Williams. 

David Parker's Blues went ahead on 24 minutes as a Liverpool miscommunication led to 'keeper Libby Stout taking out Jade Moore, with Carney dispatching the resulting penalty.

The visitors could have had another goal three minutes later but Remi Allen’s shot was cleared off the line by Corina Schroder.

Liverpool came out the stronger after the break and equalised five minutes past the hour mark.

Aoife Mannion tripped Hannah Dale in the box and Williams stepped up to convert for 1-1.

They then had a chance to win it on the 81st minute but Liverpool forward Gemma Davison was denied by Blues 'keeper Rebecca Spencer.

And with five weeks until their next game, Parker was happy with his team’s current standing.

“If someone said at the beginning of the week we’d get seven points out of nine we’d have taken it,” he said.

“It was a great spectacle for women’s football in terms of watching the game.

“It’s been a really good first half of the season. We’re in it, we’re top of the league and got a great shout now.”

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Liverpool Ladies: Stout; Bronze, Easton, Bonner, Schroder; Williams, Da Costa; Davison, Dale (Hodson 90), Harris (Longhurst 64); Dowie.

Subs not used: Gibbons, Stewart, Walker

Bookings: Schroder, Dale, Bonner 

Blues Ladies: Spencer; Weston, Mannion, Harrop, Carter; Allen, Potter, Lawley; Carney, Linnett (Keryakoplis 79), Moore.

Subs not used: Baggaley, Sargeant, Simpkins, Westwood, Wilkinson, Torkildsen

Bookings: Keryakoplis
Ref: H. Byrne

Attendance: 472