Notts County Ladies suffer 0-1 defeat at Liverpool Ladies   Leave a comment

A trip to Liverpool saw Notts County Ladies suffer a disappointing 1 – 0 defeat. It was a very close game but with Liverpool always looking the more likely to score as injury hit Notts battled hard to stay in the game.  But in the 75th minute Liverpool bagged all three points when substitute Katie Zelem got on the end of a powerfully driven Gemma Davison cross to net for the home side.

Here’s the game in pictures and words:

The usual County suspects were playing out of their new black & white socks again but with so many players out injured Notts had to battle hard and run tirelessly just to stay in the game.

Notts vs Liverpool away_0021Aileen Whelan ran tirelessly again…..

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… along with Desiree Scott and Katie Hoyle.

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With both teams playing quick counter attack  football it was Jess Clarke for Notts carrying the fight and having some joy down the left hand side channel, with the England striker firing shots off but never hitting the target.

1L0A9740_0215Jess Clarke making her presence felt again.

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The last action of the half saw Notts County’s Amy Turner get a booking and Sophie Walton a good talking to (a harbinger of things to come) before the referee blew time on the first half, with the sides tied at 0-0.

The second half resumed with the Notts still in the game but with mounting pressure from the reds.

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Battle was joined….

Notts vs Liverpool away_0053… with no quarter given….

Notts vs Liverpool away_0089… and everybody toeing the line!

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And the 2nd half saw the a debut for Ashleigh Plumptre – England U-17 striker!

Notts vs Liverpool away_0114In the 60th minute Gemma Davison – a continual thorn in Notts’ side –  broke free and had a clear run on the County goal….

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…….. and with just the keeper to beat was thwarted by Carly Telford who spread herself to block the strikers goal bound shot with her leg and divert it clear.

But Notts couldn’t hold on…..

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Deep into the second half Liverpool’s Katie Zelem broke County hearts when she met Gemma Davison’s powerful cross at the back post to score the only goal of the game and putting Liverpool top of the Women’s Super League.

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A few minutes after conceding Gemma Davison once again broke into the County penalty area and in taking the ball wide of Keeper Telford, seemed to be brought down for a penalty!

The referee pointed to the spot and awarded a penalty. Confusion followed. Notts’ Sophie Walton obviously said something to the referee and was cautioned. The referee, after consultation with his linesman, then overturned his own decision and restarted the game with a drop ball in the penalty box. Baffling.

Notts vs Liverpool away_0176With only seconds left on the clock the referee booked Sophie Walton for a second time, again for something she must have said and the County defender was dismissed from the game.

Notts vs Liverpool away_0183This leaves County with only the Continental Cup as a means of salvaging a difficult season.

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But perhaps more importantly they must also battle hard now to secure an improved league position that better reflects the quality this team has in it’s ranks.

(C) Drew Smith Photography

 

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