Feds shine under the lights 

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 4

Bolton 2

 

The Feds produced a great performance to beat Bolton 4-2 under the lights at Jericho Lane to move up to the table.

 

It was a strong start to the game from the girls, who got their reward in the 10th minute when Paige Cole smashed home after the ball bobbled around from a well worked corner routine. Bolton did equalise 7 minutes later when a shot from a Bolton through ball was well saved by keeper Libby Wright but the rebound was tucked away by the Bolton striker.

 

The Feds kept the pressure on though and created some great chances, Amy Panayi narrowly headed over from a great cross and then 4 minutes later in the 32nd minute, great interplay by Cole and Jodie Mortimer allowed Cole to get a shot off but it was well saved by the Bolton keeper. The girls then created another great chance when a Mollie Farley ball over the top forced a mistake by the Bolton defender and allowed Carla Lee to get a shot off but it was once again saved by the Bolton keeper

 

But the pressure for the girls payed off in the 42nd minute when Lee got her goal, smashing  home from close range after a good set piece delivery.  Goalkeeper Wright then made a fantastic save when one on one with the Bolton player which meant the girls went into the half time break 2-1 ahead.

 

The feds started the second half strongly and got their 3rd goal in the 59th minute when Cole got her second of the game when she headed home at the back post after an amazing cross into the box from Lee. Cole then rounded off her hat trick with her best goal of the match in the 65th minute when she curled one over the keeper from the edge of the box. Bolton then went down the other end straight away and pulled a goal back.

 

The feds then controlled the game nicely until the end, earning a 4-2 win which moved them up to 4th place in the table.

 

Manager Leanne Duffy “I am pleased with the performance and 3 points, the 1st half was more of a battle but 2nd half we played some very good football in tough conditions.”

 

The next match for the girls is this Sunday away to Farsley Celtic in a re run of the Women’s FA Cup tie after the first match was abandoned at half time due to a waterlogged pitch. 

 

 

5 Star Performance from Feds

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Norton 0

Liverpool Feds 5

The Feds produced a 5 star performance and gained some momentum in the league with a fantastic 5-0 win away to Norton & Stockton Ancients.

It was a tight first half an hour with both team trying to find the killer pass that would break the deadlock, but that all changed in the 34th minute when Demi Devereaux spotted the keeper off her line from 40 yards out, and produced an absolute screamer which looped over the keeper and into the top corner which gave The Feds a well deserved lead on the balance of play.

The girls then pushed for what would have been the crucial second goal and they got it in the 41st minute when a fantastic cross from Helen Griffiths found Paige Cole on the edge of the box, who volleyed beautifully into the bottom corner to give the feds a 2-0 lead.

They almost found a 3rd before half time, but Paige couldn’t find the finish after a magnificent ball across the box from Demi. But the feds did go into the half time interval with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

The girls started the second half with the same tempo and keeper Libby Wright made a fantastic save to keep the score at 2-0 in the 55th minute when a shot from the edge of the box was fantastically tipped onto the bar.

The save became even more crucial in the 59th minute when The Feds found the 3rd goal courtesy of Mollie Farley, who poked home after a miscued shot from Jodie Mortimer. They then scored 2 goals in the final 10 minutes to cap off an amazing performance.

First, defender Abby Pope broke a goal drought which had lasted over a year when she launched another 35 yard screamer over the Norton keeper and into the top corner in the 82nd minute, and then 3 minutes later in the 85th minute, substitute Jen Rogers cut inside and curled beautifully into the top corner to cap off a perfect day for The Feds.

Manager Leanne Duffy was impressed with the performance and happy to come away with a convincing win against opposition that have given us real problems in previous games.

The Feds next game is this Sunday away to Bradford City in the league.

Feds round off the season in style!

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 10

Morecambe 2

The Feds rounded off the season in style, producing a stunning performance by beating Morecambe 10-2 in a goal fest at Jericho Lane.

 

The Feds didn’t get off to the best of starts though, falling behind in the first 20 seconds of the match when a loose ball in defence was capitalised on by the Morecambe player. They then slowly grew into the game and created chances to get level, the equaliser did come for the girls 23rd minute when a shot from Jen Rogers was blocked and the ball fell into the path of Emily Douglas who slotted the ball home past the keeper.

 

The Feds then fell behind again 11 minutes later in the 34th minute after a corner came into the box and then was finished home by the Morecmabe player. It only took the Feds 2 minutes to respond though as in the 36th minute, Georgia Murphy played a fantastic ball into the back post which allowed Laura Bartup to head home to allow the Feds to equalise for the second time. The Feds went into the break level at 2-2.

 

The second half was a goal fest and it started straight from kick off as the Feds took the lead in the first few seconds of the second half as Emily latched onto a loose ball in defence, rounded the keeper and tapped the ball home into the empty net. The 4th goal for the Feds came 5 minutes later in the 51st minute when another ball through this time allowed Laura to round the keeper and tap home.

 

Almost immediately after that goal, the Feds scored their 5th as Jen Rogers unleashed a rocket outside of the box which went right into the top corner leaving the Morecambe keeper with no chance. The 6th goal came in the 57th minute when Jen this time provided the assist, swinging a great corner in which allowed Emily to head home to complete her hat trick.

 

The game then calmed down a bit but that didn’t stop the feds getting their 5th of the second half and 7th of the match, as Laura got her hat trick after chasing down a clearance from the Morecambe keeper which then rolled into the net, giving the Feds 7-2 lead.

 

The girls didn’t stop there though, pushing for more goals and got their 8th goal in the 78th minute when Filippa Sava played Emily through and once again she rounded the keeper and smashed home into an empty net. Jen then got her second and the Feds 9th of the match in the 87th minute when she fired home into the bottom corner after a great ball across.

 

The Feds then reached double figures by scoring their 10th in the final few seconds of the match as Emily scored her 5th by following up on Laura’s shot which hit the bar from point blank range. The referee then blew the final whistle which left the Feds with a resounding 10-2 win to finish the season off.

 

Managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy were delighted with the performance of the girls, especially in the second half.

 

The match was a special one for Colin, who was leaving the Feds after 4 fantastic seasons, the girls and staff can’t thank Colin enough for the work he has put in over the last 4 seasons.

Feds are County Cup Champions - AGAIN

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 4

Merseyrail 2

 

The Feds produced a great performance to beat Merseyrail 4-1 at Walton Hall Park to win the County Cup for the second consecutive season.

 

The girls started the match on the front foot and put Merseyrail under some pressure, and were rewarded with a penalty in the 14th minute after a handball in the Merseyrail box. Emily Douglas slotted the penalty away sending the keeper the wrong way and placing the ball right into the bottom corner.

 

They then pushed hard for a second goal throughout the half and created chances to do so, with the best chance coming from Rosie Kinvig who headed narrowly wide after a great cross in from Jen Rogers. Then right at the end of the half, Merseyrail had a goal disallowed for offside after a free kick came into the box which bounced around and then beat Feds keeper Meghan Pope. The Feds went into the half time break 1-0 up.

 

The second half went the same way as the first with the Feds creating plenty of chances to score the all important second goal, and had some decent one on ones but just couldn’t finish them off. But the crucial second goal did come for the girls in the 70th minute. Laura Bartup had a one on one saved by the keeper, the ball came out to Jodie Mortimer who went to the edge of the box and looped the ball over the keeper and into the top corner.

 

The Feds then started to play with freedom and got their 3rd goal just 4 minutes later in the 74th minute after a great ball through was stabbed home by Mollie Farley to all but seal the County Cup once again for the Feds.

 

The scoring wasn’t over though as in the 92nd minute, Jen scored the best goal of the match when she controlled the ball in the box and produced a stunning overhead kick which looped into the top corner to give the Feds a 4-0 lead. Merseyrail did pull a goal back with the last kick of the game courtesy of a penalty which was given by the referee.

 

The Feds won 4-1 and retained the County Cup, which they won for the first time in the clubs history last year. Which left the Feds with one thing left to do, and that was life the trophy aloft into the night sky once again.

 

Managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy were delighted with the performance from the girls and were happy with the form the girls were taking into the last game of the season on Sunday.

Feds beaten in the Plate Final

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 1

West Brom 5

The Feds produced a valiant performance, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 5-1 against West Brom in the final of the WNL Plate.

 

There was a great atmosphere at Rugby FC, with the travelling Feds fans in full voice to support the team who were competing in the final for the very first time.

 

The girls fell behind early on in the 4th minute when a free kick from about 30 yards out went over everyone in the box, hit the corner of the post and went in. That didn’t deter the Feds though, who grew into the game and equalised in the 18th minute when a great ball through by Jodie Mortimer was stretched home by Mollie Farley to send the Feds fans wild.

 

That goal created an even better atmosphere in the stands with the fans willing the girls on to get the second goal, and the Feds played some good stuff but unfortunately they went behind in the 39th minute when the ball was stabbed home by the West Brom player after pinball in the box from a corner. It meant that the Feds went into the break 2-1 down.

 

After an inspired half time team talk, the girls came out with belief that they could equalise for the second time in the match, but unfortunately went 3-1 down in the 49th minute when a long ball forward by West Brom ended up with the striker looping the ball of Meghan Pope in the Feds goal.

 

That goal only gave the feds more fuel as they pushed for a way back into the game, and almost got it in the 60th minute when Demi Devereaux forced a great save from the keeper after getting through on goal.

 

West Brom got their 4th goal with 15 minutes to go though when a ball in from a corner was headed home into the top corner after more pinball in the Feds box. They then got their 5th in the final few minutes of the game in the 89th minute when confusion in the Feds defence allowed the striker to round Meg and slot home.

 

Despite the result, the fans never stopped singing throughout and gave the team a standing ovation at the final whistle even though the Feds were beaten 5-1 by a team who have won 17 out of 17 in the league this season.

 

Managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy where disappointed with the result, but were proud of the team on how far they’ve come this season and thanked the fans for travelling down and singing their hearts out for the 90 minutes.

 

The Feds next match is against Chester-Le Street at Jericho Lane on the 28th April

 

Feds put three past Newcastle

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Newcastle 0

Liverpool Feds 3

The Feds produced another great performance by defeating Newcastle United 3-0 away at Whitley Park.

It was a quiet start to the game, but the Feds did have a goal disallowed in the 8th minute when a shot from Laura Bartup went in but the linesman flagged for offside, but the Feds did get their reward for their pressure in the 34th minute when a great cross from Mollie Farley allowed Rosie Kinvig to head in at the back post.

They almost grabbed a second 2 minutes later when Mollie fired narrowly over, this time after a great cross from Demi, Rosie forced another save from the Newcastle Keeper just before half time but the Feds did go into the break with a well deserved 1-0 lead.

It was another strong start to the second half from the girls who created chances throughout the half, the first of the half came in the 52nd minute when Demi fired in another great cross, but Emily Douglas headed just wide, then the feds made 2 excellent goal line stands, first of all a goal line scramble in the box in the 59th minute was cleared away and then keeper Deanne Tomkins made a fantastic save in the 64th minute from the Newcastle player to keep the score at 1-0.

In the 74th minute, Laura went through 1 on 1 with the keeper to make it 2-0 but just couldn’t find the finish. Then Dee made a massive save in the 77th minute when she saved from point blank range from the Newcastle player before the rebound was fired wide.

That proved crucial as 3 minutes later in the 80th minute, a well worked corner routine ended with Nicola James firing home after the keeper deflected the ball out. The girls then wrapped the game up in the 85th minute when a fantastic back heel from Jen found Amy, who turned the defender, rounded the keeper and slotted calmly home with her left foot to wrap up the 3 points with a 3-0 win for the girls.

Managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy were very happy with the performance the girls put in and said it was perfect preparation for next Sunday.

The girls next game is this Sunday against West Brom in the final of the WNL Plate with the chance of winning the trophy for the first time in the clubs history.

 

 

Feds lose to Chorley

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 1

Chorley 2

The Feds fought hard, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 2-1 at home to Chorley in the league.

 

The Feds started strongly, creating chances in the first few minutes and were rewarded in the 8th minute when captain Chantelle Thompson stabbed home at the second attempt from a corner which was whipped in perfectly.

 

The feds then went in search of that second goal, controlling the game and creating more chances but were unable to take them.

 

Chorley did create chances of their own, forcing Feds keeper Meghan Pope into a few good saves, and they got their equaliser in the 39th minute when a loose ball in the box was capitalised on by the Chorley player, who pulled it back to her team mate and then she finished past Meg.

 

They then took the lead 2 minutes later in the 41st minute, when Meg made another fantastic save, but the follow up was tapped home by the Chorley player leaving The Feds trailing 2-1 at the half time whistle.

 

The girls came out in the second half with renewed energy and created chances to get the equaliser, Jen Rogers narrowly headed over from a cross in the 58th minute, with Laura Bartup also having chances to score, but unfortunately the luck wasn’t on the girls side.

 

They almost equalised with the last kick of the game, when Channi made a great run through, but was unable to get a clean contact on the ball and ultimately the girls lost 2-1 on the night.

 

Joint Managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy were disappointed with how the game planned out and will be looking for a positive reaction and good performance in the next game.

 

The Feds next match is next Sunday on the 24th away to Bolton in the league

 

 

Feds go out fighting

Match Report by Michael Grimes

MK Dons 4

Liverpool Feds 3 (AET)

 

 

 

The Feds produced a stunning performance, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 4-3 to MK Dons after extra time away at Stadium MK in the semi final of the WNL Plate

 

The girls made a fast paced start to the game, having 2 shots in the first minute, with both shots going just wide of the post, Carla Lee also hit the post in the first 5 minutes as well as the Feds looked to go ahead early. They were rewarded in the 9th minute when a cross from Demi Devereaux being spilled into the net by the MK Dons keeper.

 

The lead lasted until the 23rd minute when a loose ball at the back was capitalised on by the MK Dons player, who hit one from25 yards which hit the underside of the bar and flew past Feds keeper Meghan Pope. MK Dons then took the lead in the 38th minute when they were awarded a penalty after a challenge in the box. Although Meg got a strong hand to it she couldn’t keep it out and the girls went into the half time break 2-1 down.

 

The girls came out for the second half with great energy and pushed for an equaliser, credit has to go to Feds keeper Meghan Pope who before the Feds equaliser, made a great 1 on 1 save to keep the score 2-1. And the equaliser did come for the girls in the 64th minute when a scramble in the box ended with Jodie Mortimer stabbing home to equalise.

 

The last 25 mins consisted of both teams pushing for the winner and chances came from both ends, but at the end of the 90 minutes it was 2-2 meaning extra time would decide who would progress to the final.

 

The girls started extra time superbly and went ahead in the 6th minute of the extra period when Demi Devereaux fired a shot across goal, which nestled into the bottom corner, but MK Dons equalised 3 minutes later when the striker went through 1 on 1 and slotted past Meg. At the end of the first period of ET it was 3-3.

 

The second half of extra time was a closely fought affair with both teams pushing for the winning goal, and heartbreakingly for the Feds, MK Dons scored the winner with 10 minutes to go in extra time when the MK Dons player headed into the bottom corner after a cross into the box. The girls lost 4-3.

 

Managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy were immensely proud of the girls for their performance on the pitch and acknowledged the travelling fans for the amazing support they gave the team.

 

The Feds now move onto next week when they are back in league action, facing Leeds United away.

 

 

 

 

Feds bounce back, scoring 5!

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 5

Crewe 0

The Feds produced another great performance, beating Crewe Alexandra 5-0 under the lights at Jericho Lane.

The Feds made a strong and fast paced start to the match, with Emily Douglas narrowly tapping over after a great cross from Demi Devereaux. They were rewarded though in the 15th minute with their first goal of the match when great combination play by the girls allowed Rosie Kinvig to lay it off to Jen Rogers who curled an absolute beauty into the top corner leaving the Crewe Keeper with no chance.

Crewe did come into the game, having a couple of opportunities to get shots away, but they were both saved by Feds keeper Meghan Pope who kept her 3rd clean sheet in a row. Captain Chantelle Thompson then had a shot blocked after a goalmouth scramble following a Feds corner.

The all important goal did come 2 minutes before half time in the 43rd minute when a well worked corner routine between Devereaux and Rogers allowed Jen to curl in her second beauty of the game, this time into the opposite corner which gave the Feds a 2-0 lead at the break.

It was the same pattern throughout the second half, with the Feds looking to get more goals and having chances to get that third goal. And the goal did come in the 60th minute when a corner was whipped in which allowed Emily Douglas to get her goal, glancing the header from the corner into the bottom corner of the Crewe goal.

Rogers then completed her perfect night in the 65th minute, when she played a stunning cross into the box which allowed Carla Lee to head home and give the Feds a 4-0 lead and all 3 points safely in the bag.

The scoring didn’t end there as in the 80th minute, substitute Molly Farley played a ball through to Jodie Mortimer who was able to fire home past the Crewe keeper and get the final goal of the game leaving the Feds winning 5-0.

Joint managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy were pleased with the girls performance and impressed by the reaction to the defeat against Barnsley on Sunday.

Attention now turns to next Sunday, when the girls are in semi final action of the WNL Plate, facing either Milton Keynes Dons or Keynsham Town away.

Feds fall to Barnsley defeat

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Barnsley 2

Liverpool Feds 1

 

 

 

The Feds produced a valiant performance, but it wasn’t enough as the girls lost 2-1 away to Barnsley.

 

It was a frantic start to the game, with Barnsley having the first chance after 11 minutes when Feds keeper Deanne Tomkins saved well, there was then a goal line scramble 8 minutes later which ended with Tomkins making another save.

 

The feds then had their first chance of the match in the 22nd minute when a shot by Jodie Mortimer was blocked by the Barnsley player.

 

Barnsley then took the lead 7 minutes later in the 29th minute when a loose ball in the box after a clearance by the Feds was smashed home by the Barnsley player.

 

The Feds pushed for an equaliser and almost got it in the 33rd minute when Jen Rogers fired a shot just over the bar. But the equaliser did come 5 minutes later in the 38th minute when a long ball forward by Nik James was fantastically lobbed over the Barnsley keeper by Carla Lee. Carla then had another chance a couple of minutes later when she headed narrowly wide from Demi Devereaux’s cross.

 

Barnsley then had 2 chances to go into the break ahead, firstly, Tomkins made a fantastic 1 on 1 save and then in the second minute of added time, the referee gave a controversial penalty to Barnsley for a challenge in the box. The penalty hit the post and went wide meaning the teams went into the half time break level at 1-1.

 

It was a cagey start to the second half, with the first chance coming in the 60th minute when another goalmouth scramble in the Feds box, including a shot which hit the post, forced Tomkins into another save. Barnsley then hit the post again in the 73rd minute and it looked like the Feds would hold out a for a well deserved point.

 

Their hearts were broken though in the 83rd minute when a ball across the box was tapped home off the inside of the post by the Barnsley player leaving The Feds 7 minutes to try and find a second equaliser.

 

They almost got it in added time with 2 chances, first of all, Jen Rogers narrowly missed a long ball forward and then a couple of minutes later, a chance was headed wide from a Feds free kick.

 

There was then massive confusion in the 93rd minute when the Feds thought they equalised through substitute Emily Douglas, the referee gave the goal initially but then changed her mind by giving a free kick to Barnsley.

 

Joint managers Colin Lewis and Leanne Duffy were disappointed with the result today but were confident the girls can bounce back in their next match.

 

The Feds next match is at home on Thursday night against Crewe Alexandra in the league.

Feds into the Semi-Final

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 2

Middlesbrough 0

 

The Feds produced an amazing performance to shock 3rd tier Middlesbrough 2-0 and progress to the semi-finals of the WNL Plate for the first time in the clubs history.

 

The conditions made it hard for both teams to play their natural game, but The Feds started strong and created their first chance in the 17th minute, when a ball across goal was narrowly missed, captain Chantelle Thompson then had a shot a minute later which was well saved by the Boro keeper.

 

The girls were rewarded though with the opener 4 minutes later in the 22nd minute when a lovely pass by Thompson allowed Jodie Mortimer to unleash a 25 yard curler which hit the inside of the post and left the keeper with no chance. They then grabbed a second a minute later when a ball though by goalscorer Mortimer allowed Carla Lee to fire home to give the girls a 2 goal cushion.

 

The rest of the half was a case of discipline from the girls, and apart from a few half chances at either end, The Feds went into half time with a 2-0 lead which was well deserved.

 

The second half went the same way as the first, with the Feds dominating possession and looking for the third goal, they almost got it in the 47th minute when Jen Rogers dragged a shot just wide of the post.

 

That trend continued for the rest of the half, with Rogers having several chances but just couldn’t find the finish, and apart from Middlesbrough having a few shots that didn’t trouble Feds keeper Meghan Pope, the second half posed little threat to the girls leaving the final score 2-0 to the Feds.

 

The result pleased joint first team managers Leanne Duffy and Colin Lewis who were delighted with the performance that the girls put in. It remains to be seen who they draw in the semi finals.

 

The next game for the girls is next Sunday away to Barnsley in the league.

 

 

 

Feds beaten by League leaders

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Burnley 2

Liverpool Feds 0

The Feds put in a valiant performance, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 2-0 away to Burnley in the league.

 

It was a fairly quiet start to the game, with both teams disciplined and tight not wanting to concede the first goal of the game. The only real chances of note came from the feds, when Carla Lee had a shot saved by the keeper, then Demi Devereaux had a shot that went just wide of the goal.

 

Burnley didn’t have many chances of their own but took the lead in the 36th minute when a ball forward by the keeper was headed on by the Burnley player, which allowed the striker to go through 1 on 1 and fire past keeper Deanne Tomkins.

 

The feds did try hard to get an equaliser before half time but were unable to find a goal and went into the half time break 1-0 down.

 

The Feds started the second half quite strong and had a great chance to equalise in the 50th minute, but Lee narrowly headed wide from another well worked corner routine.

 

There were then 2 massive goal line scrambles, 1 in each penalty area where both teams had several shots on goal, but they were all blocked and cleared away.

 

Burnley then wrapped up the game in the 93rd minute with another counter attack when a ball played through was once again finished off by the Burnley striker, leaving the final score 2-0.

 

The girls played unbelievably well and were unlucky not to get anything out of the game and can be proud of their performance.

 

Their next game is against Middlesbrough at home in the quarter finals of the WNL Plate on the 10th February

Feds head to the Final

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 5

Mossley Hill 0

The Feds progressed to the final of the county cup for the second consecutive season after beating local rivals Mossley Hill 5-0 at Jericho Lane

 

The Feds got off to the perfect start as Carla Lee chipped the keeper from 25yards in the second minute after a great ball through from Emily Douglas. Emily then got on the scoresheet 20 minutes later in the 22nd minute when a cross in from Jodie Mortimer was headed on by Carla and then shouldered in by Emily to double the lead.

 

There was then confusion in the 38th minute when Jen Rogers had a shot from outside of the box which looked like it may have crossed the line, but the referee didn’t think it did and therefore the goal wasn’t given.

 

The Feds did get their third goal 4 minutes later in the 42nd minute when Demi Devereaux finished well past the keeper after being played through. That meant The Feds went into the half time interval with a 3-0 lead

 

The second half followed the pattern of the first, with The Feds controlling the game well and were rewarded with a 4th goal in the 61st minute when Jen Rogers curled in a beautiful shot into the top corner from the edge of the box after a well worked corner routine.

 

The fifth goal was added 8 minutes before the end of the game in the 82nd minute when Carla Lee got her second of the game when her shot was parried up into the air by the Mossley keeper and into the back of the net.

 

The Feds now face Bootle in the final with the chance of retaining the trophy that they won for the first time in their history last season.

 

Their next game is next Sunday against Burnley away in the league.

10 Man Feds Earn a Point

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 2

Brighouse Town 2

 

 

 

The Feds staged another gutsy comeback to gain a point against Brighouse Town at a very windy Jericho Lane after being down to 10 players for over half of the match.

 

With conditions as tough as they were, it was a first half of few chances as both teams tried to get used to the windy conditions, the best chance of the first half came from Brighouse, who had a shot which was brilliantly cleared off the line by Abby Pope.

 

The main incident of the first half was a red card for Caroline Charlton, who was dismissed in the 30th minute after a challenge when the Brighouse player was through on goal, meaning The Feds were forced to play the last hour of the match with 10 players. They did hold on until half time though, with the score remaining goalless.

 

The Feds started the second half brightly despite being down to 10, with substitute Carla Lee having a 1 on 1 saved by the Brighouse keeper in the 49th minute.

 

Brighouse then took the lead on 62 minutes, when a free kick was played into The Feds box, and after a goalmouth scramble, the ball was bundled home by the Brighouse player, leaving Feds goalkeeper Meghan Pope down injured.

 

After a few minute stoppage to treat The Feds keeper, they responded almost immediately from the kick off, when Carla Lee fired a shot which beat the Brighouse Keeper at the near post. They then took the lead 7 minutes later in the 75th minute when Demi Devereaux unleashed a fantastic 25 yard strike, which went into the top corner after a great pass from Amy Seagraves.

 

It looked like The Feds were going to hold on for a much deserved win, but were heartbroken in the second minute of added time when a 30 yard shot from the Brighouse player looped over Meghan Pope in the Feds goal, meaning the match ended 2-2.

 

It was a fantastic performance from the girls after going down to 10, which leaves them 6th in the table with the next match coming next week against local rivals Mossley Hill in the County Cup

 

Liverpool Feds Start 2019 Off With a Win

Match Report by Michael Grimes

Liverpool Feds 3

Norton & Stockton 2

The Feds staged a brilliant second half comeback to defeat Norton Ladies 3-2 at their new home, Jericho Lane.

 

It was a frantic start from both teams, with the Feds falling behind in the first 2 minutes when a loose ball in midfield was capitalised on by the Norton player, who ran through and finished past Meghan Pope in The Feds goal

 

It was 1-1 just 2 minutes later when a great ball through from Jodie Mortimer was fantastically finished off by Emily Douglas. It didn’t last though as Norton went ahead 2 minutes later when a looped free kick into the area was headed home by the Norton player.

 

Norton then had the chance to go 3-1 up, but keeper Meghan Pope made a fantastic 1 on 1 save keeping the score at 2-1, other than a chance for the feds where Demi Devereaux dragged a shot just wide, The Feds went into the break 2-1 down.

 

After an inspired half time team talk, the girls came out in the second half with high energy and intensity and were rewarded in the 54th minute with the equaliser, when Emily Douglas scored her second of the game, after a brilliant cross from Nic James.

 

They then took the lead 2 minutes later when a shot by Jodie Mortimer was deflected into the net by the Norton defender. The Feds then had more chances to grab a fourth, with a couple of efforts being cleared off the line and substitute Carla Lee firing narrowly over. But the girls held on for the crucial 3-2 win.

The win moves The Feds up to 5th in the table with their next match next week at home again, this time against Brighouse.

Liverpool Feds Progress to Quarter Finals

Match Report by Michael Grimes

 

 

Liverpool Feds 1

Chester Le Street 0 

The Feds progressed to the last 8 of the WNL Plate with a hard fought 1-0 win over Chester Le Street at a wet and windy Heron Eccles.

 

With conditions not ideal for both teams, the Feds started on the front foot, with Emily Douglas hitting the post in the first minute after a beautiful ball through. They then took the lead 2 minutes later when Demi Deveraux unleashed a fantastic 30 yard shot which flew past the Chester Le Street keeper and into the top right hand corner.

 

The girls then controlled the pace of the game, creating more chances as the half went on, including a shot from 30 yards out by Chantelle Thompson which crashed off the crossbar, but for all the pressure, they couldn’t find the all important second goal, but still went in with a 1-0 lead.

 

The second half started in the same way for the Feds, with them creating chances for the second goal, shots came in from all angles but unfortunately none of them found the back of the net. The closest they came to a second goal was when substitute Laura Bartup had 2 shots in the space of 4 minutes that narrowly missed the target.

 

The first shot came in the 80th minute when the keeper saved well after she pulled the trigger from the edge of the box, then just 4 minutes later from the same position, she unleashed another shot, which this time came back off the post.

 

Even though the girls couldn’t find the second goal, they hung on for a crucial win which took them into the quarter finals, they now wait to see who they get drawn against.

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