Liverpool Reserves 2-1 Rovers Ladies Reserves
(Reserves) Mid/North Division One
Sunday December 9th, 2012
Liverpool scored twice in the final five minutes, as Rovers Ladies Reserves ended the year with a second successive 2-1 away defeat.
Rovers started the brighter of the two teams, settling into the game and enjoying good spells of possession in the early exchanges.
The first chance fell to Jade Boulton, after neat play down the right, but her angled shot from the edge of the area was saved by the Liverpool goalkeeper low to her right.
Rovers continued to dominate possession and were again unlucky not to take the lead through Hollie Kelsh’s low drive from the edge of the box.
Liverpool struggled to get into any rhythm and early pressure from a well-organised Rovers side denied them the chance to create any real clear-cut opportunities.
The second half started in a similar vein and on 54 minutes, Rovers took a deserved lead. Kelly Halligan received the ball on the edge of the box and after cutting inside, the Liverpool keeper couldn’t hold onto her well-struck shot, which found the bottom corner.
The visitors continued to press and should have doubled their lead on 10 minutes later when clever footwork from Kelsh took her away from the defender, but she shot wide of the goal with just the keeper to beat.
As Rovers looked to see the game out, the hosts had their first real opportunity on goal in the 85th minute, as a pull-back in the area found the Liverpool no.9, whose shot found its way into the far corner.
Then, on 92 minutes, Rovers failed to deal with play down the left-hand side and a driven ball across goal was diverted into her own net by defender Shannon Weston.
Manager Zac Foley said: “I cannot fault our work rate and effort today. I thought we were by far the better team for 85 minutes, dominating possession and looking well organised.
“We have learnt a valuable lesson today that we cannot switch off in the latter stages of games or we will get punished.
“We have lost concentration for eight minutes and it has cost us. I feel we should have been out of sight early in the second half because we created numerous chances.
“We now have to pick ourselves up, train hard and put it right in the next game.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Rutter (Fuller 65), Griffiths, Weston, Lowrie, Flynn, Farrell (Halligan 10), McDonnell, Kelsh, Boulton, Strickland (Noori 70).
Subs not used: Grice, Moorhouse.