30 July 2015, KO 7.45 pm
Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup Group Stage At The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Doncaster Belles V Liverpool
Set to be an interesting encounter in the Women’s League Cup, Liverpool, the reigning Super League Champions, have been struggling this season and have been ravaged by injuries including World Cup star Fara Williams. Doncaster Belles are top of the WSL2 (The equivalent of the Championship). With Liverpool travelling to Doncaster, is an upset on the cards?
The Super League side started the stronger with Natasha Dowie going close after a quick counter attack in the very first minute. Doncaster then began to get a foothold in the game. Dominating possession and peppering Liverpool keeper Libby Stout with crosses, the keeper stood firm to it however and despite the possession, Doncaster did not create any real chances. Indeed it was Dowie again who had the next chance on 10 minutes who went for a lob that was well saved by Doncaster keeper Nicola Hobbs.
With Doncaster trying to press forward. Liverpool won possession and New Zealand striker Rosie White did some great work out wide before moving the ball into Dowie’s path who with two touches this time made no mistake to give Liverpool the lead.
GOAL – 13 MINUTES – Doncaster Belles 0 LIVERPOOL 1 – NATASHA DOWIE
After the goal Liverpool settled and begin to dominate the midfield with the passing of Ingrid Ryland causing some real problems. On 20 minutes Ryland crossed for Rosie White who failed to convert putting the ball over the bar from 6 yards out. The game then went into a lull with Liverpool controlling the game and continuing to look dangerous with the trio of Dowie, Longhurst and White. The Liverpool got a bizarre goal direct from a corner. Lucy Staniforth whipped in an in-swinger and Hobbs missed the punch with the ball going in without a touch from anyone else to increase the lead.
GOAL – 30 MINUTES – Doncaster Belles 0 LIVERPOOL 2 – LUCY STANIFORTH
The Liverpool keeper Stout nearly handed Doncaster a way back in the game by spooning an open hand to a cross up onto the cross-bar. The ball bounced out and Stout recovered to re-claim it. Liverpool dominated the remainder of the half. Excellent defending from Leandra Little was required to block efforts from White and Dowie ensuring the lead was not increased before the break
HALF TIME – Doncaster Belles 0 Liverpool 2 (Dowie 13, Staniforth 30)
Doncaster came out strong at the start of the second half but continued to struggle to create chances as Becky Easton and Gemma Bonner were self assured at the back. There were very few chances in the early part of the second half but on the hour Doncaster created their best chance as Courtney Sweetman-Kirk went through one on one with Libby Stout but Stout made a fine save to deny Doncaster a way back into the game. At the other end an excellent ball from Staniforth sent Dowie away who crossed for White who could not quite get on the end of it.
Doncaster then made substitutions and went to a 4-2-4 formation to try and push forward. Hope Knight brought some energy to the Doncaster attack but Bonner and Easton continue to hold firm. The game became end to end and Liverpool substitute Martha Harris had a goal ruled out for off-side. Harris then intercepted a pass and ran 20 yards playing a lovely ball to Rosie White whose deflected shot made it 3-0.
GOAL – 85 MINUTES Doncaster Belles 0 LIVERPOOL 3 – ROSIE WHITE
An injury to Libby Stout after a Doncaster corner brought about a prolonged period of injury. Good work from Sue Smith created a chance for Sweetman-Kirk who shot straight at Stout. Staniforth shot over from distance and White and Dowie fluffed a two on one in the dying moments. The game finished 3-0 with Liverpool having done a professional job and make it two in a row in the League Cup.
MOON OF LIBERTY FINAL SCORE
Doncaster Belles (0) 0 Liverpool (2) 3 (Dowie 13, Staniforth 30, White 85)
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR WOMAN – Gemma Bonner (Liverpool)