Notts County Ladies vs Liverpool Ladies July 18th 2015   Leave a comment

The lady pies had the temerity, the talent and tenacity to survive the cauldron of cacophonous rival fans and unyielding heat in Liverpool’s Select Security Stadium to steal all 3 points!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Here’s the game in unnecessarily multisyllabic words and pictures:

The Pies warmed-up on the baking G3 pitch of the Select Security Stadium; the team was sporting the ‘Stop Hate Crimes’ T-Shirts.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

 Leanne Crichton and Ashleigh Plumptre back the Help Line charity.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

England and County left-back Alex Greenwood stretches into her warm-up.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Returnee Canada world cup star Desire Scott and Aileen Whelan play rubber band skip-rope.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Desi the Destroyer had to dye her boots just the right shade of pink to match her headband.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Standout stand-in on loan keeper Siobahn Chamberlain with a radiant smile on her face.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Reserve Keeper Danielle Hill shows off her footballing skills with a tricky little back-heel.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Here’s the ball-girls for the day. The cheeky number 14 sat behind me in the 2nd half demanding I take a pic of her so that she could ‘be on TV’! 🙂

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

The teams emerged to the cheers of the fans and to the reds fans singing ‘you’ll never walk alone’.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Apparently you are only allowed to sing if you are holding a scarf aloft.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Here’s our lot. I think we edged it in the ‘scarf’ stakes, complete with advertising for the FA Cup Final, but we really do need a few  songs guys and girls.

Here we go then, prelude to the kick-off is the hand shake between Laura Bassett and Liverpool’s Gemma Bonner. Notts had already relieved Liverpool of all 3 points when these two teams met at Meadow Lane earlier this season and County were hoping for the same outcome in this away fixture.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Bassett & Bonner (actually a firm of solicitors on Merseyside) don’t want to get too close for the hand-shake.

It has become a worrying trend for County to concede an early goal this season, but this time they turned the tables when Greenwood clipped a ball into White who turned it in to Jess Clarke’s path. Clarke, squeezing between the Liverpool defense side-footed home with great aplomb.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

By the look on Laura Bassett’s face she already knows Jess is going to score! Such confidence in the girl. 🙂

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Jess Clarke makes it 1-0 Notts as Liverpool go to sleep.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Yup = 1-0 to the Pies early doors (more footballing clichés to follow).

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Sophie Walton launches Clarke in celebration.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

County looked comfortable for the next 10 minutes or so but Asisat Oshoala looked a constant threat with her pace down the right but it was Natasha Dowie that instigated Liverpool’s equaliser.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Dowie’s strike on goal is blocked and deflected and …..

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… presents itself to Rosie White (13) on a plate to smash home from 3 yards out.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Liverpool get back on equal terms much to the dismay of the breached County back four (minus one).

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

The game was a fiercely contested affair (they always are against Liverpool) and both Physios were kept busy with Krista Van Alten paying Dani Buet a visit again.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Krista checks to see if Dani can say ‘Goggkle a gear’ without moving her lips!

Asisat Oshoala, the red’s pacey striker was singled out for some enthusiastic and athletic marking during the first half, Amy Turner delivering one particularly ferocious tackle that I felt on the side-line and seemed to diminish Oshoala appetite for further foray’s into the County third.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Jess clarke and contact with the ball isn’t prevented even by Liverpool’s 44 Satara Murray.

The half finished with both team’s missing chances in front of goal when Chamberlain denied Asisat Oshoala and Rachel Williams got ahead of her marker and hit  the foot of the post with a header.

Another half-time passed without event. Zilch entertainment. I’m beginning to miss Matt Rowland’s epic extravagances with bags of his old laundry up for grabs.

The 2nd half then.

And Liverpool’s threat seemed to have fizzled out somewhat and any fire they may have had was, if not extinguished, then certainly covered by a damp cloth thrown from a safe distance when Ellen White squared to Clarke for the 2nd and decisive goal.

A slick move saw White bear down on goal from the right wing, cutting inside and leaving Bonner for dead….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Ellen White only has eyes for a square pass – but where the heck is Clarke!?
Red’s keeper Libby Stout races out to smother the ball but too late … White has already sent the ball square …
18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Stout is stranded as White squares the pass to…… still no sign of Clarke!!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Nope …. still no sign of Jess!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

 THERE SHE IS! 🙂

Clarke taps in from inside the 6 yard box!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Stout appeals for off-side. White and Clarke glance over at the linesman …. referee’s assistant just in case.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

But Jess had timed her run perfectly!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

2-1 Notts!

Shortly after scoring Clarke takes a knock….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… and is substituted.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Ellen White has time to demonstrate her technical ability before her substitution by deftly bringing a 30 yard crossfield pass under control.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Awesomeness….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… executed with aplomb.

She even had time to get in on goal one last time to make it 3-1 but her shots was blocked just as she pulled the trigger.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

From this point on the wheel’s seemed to come off for Liverpool; forced and tactical substitutions for the Red’s meant that when they suffered an injury in the closing minutes of the game they had nobody to bring on and were reduced to 10 players.

County supremo Rick Passmoor, on the other hand, timed his substitutions to perfection with Dunia Susi and Aileen Whelan adding fresh legs and…

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… Desiree Scott coming on to close up shop and see out the game and finally snuff out any hopes Liverpool had of equalising.

Rachel Williams was a star again in this match-up, showing serious skill…

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… with a little drag-back …

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

…. that leaves the Red’s defender…

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… stranded!

As the seconds ticked down there was just enough time for assistant coach Colin Walker to throw Gemma Bonner a dummy but she was having none of it.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

‘Oops, I missed it!’ Bonner anticipates Walkers’ dastardly fake attempt at catching the ball thrown back by the crowd.

The final whistle went for full-time to herald County’s 6 pointer over Liverpool.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Passmoor seems happy.

He certainly seems happier than his interviewer….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… and, oh dear, much happier than Matt Beard, the Liverpool Manager.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

The TV interviewer takes a moment to pull faces at Beard whilst he’s not looking.

And finally….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… someone tells Rick Passmoor there are Pizzas on the team bus.

And finally finally….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… County goal keeping coach Alessandro Barcherini needs In-Play stats, Luke Negus-Hill AND Google Maps to work out just how to get back to the team bus!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

See you all next Wednesday when County return to the Lane. 🙂

(C) Drew Smith Photography

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and just in case I should ever write or post anything inaccurate, stupid or downright misleading I’d like it to be known that those inaccuracies, stupidities and misleading statements and pictures are mine, and mine alone! 

…. everything else is Matt Rowland’s fault.

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Posted July 19, 2015 by Drew in Uncategorized

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