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FA WSL: A derby thriller on Merseyside

April 15, 2011

Natasha Dowie grabbed a dramatic injury-time equaliser to earn Everton Ladies a point against their Merseyside rivals in a thrilling start to the new Women’s Super League season at Skelmersdale. Liverpool Ladies 3 Everton Ladies 3.

Liverpool-v-evertonRuesha Littlejohn looked like she had pulled off a shock victory for the Reds when she struck in the final minute of a pulsating derby clash. But Dowie’s second goal of the game in the third minute of stoppage time ensured Everton left with a share of the spoils.

Defender Nicky Twohig nearly gave Liverpool a dream start after just two minutes but goalkeeper Rachel Brown produced a fine save to keep out her header.

Dowie did have the ball in the net on six minutes but her effort was ruled out for offside. The lively Blues striker, niece of former Southampton and West Ham player Iain Dowie, was denied again minutes later, this time by a superb stop from Andrea Worrall.

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Everton received a let-off on the half hour mark when Suzanne Lappin’s clever pass sent Littlejohn clean through but the Liverpool forward’s shot lacked the power to trouble Brown.

The FA Cup holders finally took the lead two minutes before half time and it was no surprise that it was Dowie who struck, the England international heading home Jody Handley’s cross.

Toni Duggan saw another Everton effort disallowed at the start of the second half and the visitors’ failure to turn their dominance into goals was punished on 61 minutes when the Reds broke quickly and Cheryl Foster smashed home a stunning equaliser.

Jill Scott put Everton back in front after Worrall could only parry Dowie’s shot. Nicky Harding levelled again when her cross flew in at the near post and Littlejohn thought she had pulled off a famous win for the Reds when she pounced from close range in the last minute only for Dowie to have the final say.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: The FA via Getty Images

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