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Volunteer of the year

Susan Carmichael, Liverpool Feds Women's 7 Girls Football Club, Liverpool FA

Ask about Sue Carmichael and the response is quick: “She makes things happen”... a 130-member club with 13 teams to be precise. Since founding Liverpool Feds 27 years ago, players have marvelled at her juggling work with a young family, yet showing such devotion to the club.

Her goal has always been helping young women achieve their potential and doing whatever it takes, from logistics to agony aunt chats. And she is still going. After recently ‘stepping down’ as club chair she is running the u16s and u18s sides.

Judges congratulated Sue on creating a progressive women’s club that has survived the test of time. Susan Carmichael is our 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Liverpool Feds Complete Signing of Trialist Demi Devereaux

Liverpool Feds are delighted to confirm the signing of 20-year-old midfield prospect Demi Devereaux following a successful trial period with the Club.

The talented midfielder previously appeared for Manchester City at grassroots level before moving to Blackburn Centre of Excellence for a couple years. However, according to Demi, her “first proper taste of women’s football” came at AFC Fylde Ladies before spending the second half of last season at Chorley to increase her playing time on the pitch.

Demi has the ability to play as both a central midfielder and as a wide forward and is expected to occupy these positions at Liverpool Feds.

The passing and attacking style of play, introduced by manager Fran Alonso, has been cited by multiple new signings as one of the main attractions that influenced their decision to sign for Feds and Demi is no different.

Demi: “Having played Feds on two occasions last season I was really impressed with how they tried to play football and their emphasis was very much on a passing game.”

 

“When the opportunity came up to trial I took the chance as I felt that the football philosophy here best suited me”

 

“The girls and coaches have been brilliant with me and I already feel I have integrated well into the group.”

When asked about her expectation for the upcoming season Demi stated:

“With the quality we have in the squad I anticipate a positive season ahead, hoping to challenge for promotion come the end of the season.”

The signing of Demi has added quality and depth to the Feds first team and Manager, Fran Alonso, is pleased with her addition to the squad:

Fran Alonso: “Demi attended our trials and impressed all the coaches. She is definitely a young talent that has a lot of room for improvement”

“She has decided to stay at Feds knowing how hard it is to get a place in our starting XI, but that tells me a lot about her and her willingness to fight and challenge herself. Therefore, I am very happy to bring these types of players, like Demi, to Feds.”

“She will be a great addition to our already talented squad.”

Fran has made a flurry of new signings this summer in an attempt to boost his squad’s chances of promotion and hopes Demi can be part of a successful season.

“We have improved massively as a team from last season with our new signings, but so have the other teams, so it will be a very difficult season for all of us but a very enjoyable one as well.”

Liverpool feds sign shot stopper Meghan Pope

 

Liverpool Feds are excited to confirm the signing of promising goalkeeper Meghan Pope.

Meghan formally played for Blackburn Rovers, where she rose from the U10s to reserve team level, earning a call up to the England U17s squad which she described as a ‘proud moment’ for her and her family.

Before joining Liverpool Feds, the 20-year-old goalkeeper represented Lancashire at both U14s and U16s as well as making appearances in the 3rd division for AFC Fylde and the 4th division with Chorley Ladies. After suffering a set back with two ACL injuries in her early career Meghan is now hoping to find success at Feds.

Megan: ‘When the offer with Feds came to me I just couldn’t say no’

‘To play alongside such a strong team that get the ball moving about will only develop me further as a player’

‘My goals are to help push feds for promotion and my personal goal is to turn myself into the strongest and fittest I can make myself’

‘I’ve always loved football but now I know I’m going to be in love with the game again as I know I have the best support system around me with the best staff and players’

‘I’m excited to get started!’ concluded the shot stopper.

Liverpool Feds manager Fran Alonso also gave an insight into the reason behind the signing of Meghan and what he expects her to bring to the team on a personal and professional level.

Fran Alonso: ‘Meghan is a very promising GK, she was doing so well in her career including an England call up for a football camp and unfortunately, she had a set back with two ACL injuries.’

‘We are determined to help her to get back to her best form and help the team achieve our challenging goals this season.’

‘For the moment she is enjoying her football again which is the most important thing. She has fitted perfectly with the girls and with our style of play, for our way of playing the GK is key and Meghan has shown good composure and ability with both feet.’

‘So, I look forward to starting the season and I wish her many clean sheets and wins!!’

Shannon Beckwith joins Liverpool Feds


 

 

 

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce that Shannon Beckwith has joined the team.

Shannon, has played for Liverpool Ladies since the age of 15 and she worked her way up to the First team in WSL1 as well as featuring in the Women’s Champion League.

Despite having a few tier two Clubs’ offers on the table Shannon has decided to join Feds and be part of Alonso’s ambitious project.

Shannon: "I’m very lucky to have found a local team with such high aspirations and a great team spirit“ said the scouse.

 

“After losing faith in managers and falling out of love with the game last year, I am extremely grateful that Fran has given me the opportunity to put my boots back on again.” she assures

 

“Fran is a great manager who I feel will bring out the best in me, so I just can’t wait to get the season started now!” Beckwith added.

Gaffer Fran Alonso is very pleased to have signed Shannon for Feds, "to be able to attract players of Shannon’s quality and experience is fantastic for Feds, she is adjusting fantastically to our style of play and fit perfectly with our girls, she will help us to achieve our goals this season” the manager said.

 

“Shannon brings quality, pace, strength and experience and she is also a versatile player with a great work ethic and fighting spirit, that is the type of players we want to add to our Feds’ squad” Alonso added 

 

“I am delighted with the quality of the signings we have brought in this season, despite losing a few good players to other teams I feel we are a stronger and a better team than last season and I can’t wait to start the competition” the Spaniard concluded. 

NIKKI JAMES SET TO JOIN FEDS


 

 

 

Former Everton, London Bees and Mossley player Nikki James will join Feds for the upcoming season.

 

The talented midfielder who can also play centre back, played for 10 years at Everton ladies, after that she moved to London and joined London Bees before signing for Mossley Hill.

 

Nikki wanted a new challenge, attended the Fed’s trials and impressed players and staff with her talent and was offered a place in the team straight away.

 

Nikki: “I am delighted to be joining Fran and the coaching staff at Liverpool Feds for the upcoming season.” said the midfielder

 

“I have been impressed with Fed’s style of play over the last season and a half and think I will fit in really well with how the girls play. I can't wait to get started!” Nikki concluded. 

​Fed’s manager Fran Alonso spoke to us regarding his new signing at Feds:

 

“Nikki attended the trials and Duffy, Colin and many of our current players were very impressed with her talent. We offered her a place straight away and we are very pleased to add Nikki to our team” commented Fran.

 

“Nikki is left footed which makes our team more balanced, I think she has a very good technical ability which is what we like at Feds, she is also very strong in aerial duels and has a very good passing range.” said the Spaniard.

LIVERPOOL FEDS SIGN JODIE MORTIMER


 

 

 

Liverpool Feds are pleased to confirm that former Aston Villa, Stoke City and Mossley Hill player Jodie Mortimer has joined the Club.

 

The merseysiders have secured the services of last season’s Player’s Player of the Season at Mossley Hill. The versatile player has decided to look for a new challenge in her career.

 

 

Jodie: “After a great few seasons at Mossley Hill I felt the time was right for a new challenge at Feds.” Jodie told Feds website.

 

“After speaking with Fran and discussing his plans for the upcoming season I was keen to be a part of it and I am looking forward to playing for a club with an exciting future, hopefully I can help to contribute to a successful season in the league and cups.” she said

​The gaffer Alonso was keen to bring Jodie:

 

“I went to see the Mossley-Hull game and Jodie was by far the best player on the pitch, it caught my eye and since then I’ve been following her” commented Fran.

 

“Jodie has great attitude, work rate, good dribbling skills and technique. She is left footed but can shoot with both feet and has got a good passing vision, I think she is a perfect addition to our already strong midfield and forward units”  the Spaniard assured.

Jen Rogers return home


 

 

 

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce that former Feds and Everton Ladies player Jen Rogers is back from America ready to re-join Feds.

Jen was born and bred in Liverpool and played for Liverpool Feds from a very young age, then she went to Everton Ladies for 3 years before she earned a scholarship in the United States with Kansas Wesleyan University.

 

Jen: “Liverpool Feds laid the foundations and provided all the knowledge for me to become a successful footballer. I have now returned to England after 6 years of being in the States.” said the scouser.

“I’m so excited to be signed by Fran and to be playing again for the Feds. I can’t wait to get started and try and help the club on their journey to gain promotion this year “, she added before

she said her last words of the interview, “Once a Fed, Always A Fed.”

Alonso has welcomed Jen back into the team: “Jen has sent me some of her videos playing for her University team and I've liked what I’ve seen, good tactical knowledge, 1v1 skills and fantastic delivery from set plays” Alonso said

 

“She was very keen to come back to Feds and that for me is very important” commented gaffer

 

“On top of that I spoke to Channi and a few other players and they all rate her and look forward to welcoming back her so signing Jen was extremely easy for me. I wish Jen a very successful season at Feds”  the Spaniard assured.

Caz Charlton joins Feds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former Liverpool Ladies player has joined Liverpool Feds for upcoming 2018-19 season.

Caroline Charlton has a very impressive playing CV, played for Liverpool Ladies for 7 years. The highlight of her career was the WSL1 winning title while playing for Liverpool Ladies First Team. Then Caz moved to America to play there before she joined Mossley Hill.


Caz: “I’ve loved my time at Mossley but I felt it was time for a new personal challenge. I’ve been lucky and had some really great experiences whilst playing football and I hope to contribute that to Feds in any way I can.” she said to Feds’ website

“Although there’s always been rivalry between the two teams, I admire what Fran has done with the Feds, he’s brought about a style of play that appealed to me. I might not be your stereotypical centre half in height and weight but I love a tackle and mostly I enjoy playing with the ball at my feet”, Caz commented.

 

“They’ve got one of the best centre midfield in the league and a couple of girls I’ve played with before who definitely have quality so I’m looking forward to preseason to meet the girls properly and fingers crossed for the season ahead" the defender concluded.

 

 

Fran Alonso is very pleased with the new signing, "Caz brings talent, composure on the ball and great football experience. She has played WSL1 football and I know how important is to bring players that have played at the highest level of women’s football to feds in order to keep growing as a Club” the manager said.

 

“I am delighted with the quality and experience that we are bringing to Feds, we already have a great team and players like Caz will fit perfectly in our set up” added the Spaniard

 

Asked about Caz’s playing attributes, gaffer said: “She is very comfortable on the ball which suits our playing style, she is brave and talks well on the pitch. Caz is experienced and confident which will make her integrate in our team in no time” the Spaniard concluded. 

Fran Alonso to stay at Feds one more season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds are absolutely delighted to confirm that their manager, Fran Alonso has committed to Feds for the upcoming season. The gaffer will also stay at Everton to work as assistant Coach under new manager Marco Silva and will lead the fedarmy one more season. 

The Spaniard has brought to Feds a very attractive playing style and their first trophy ever and will be looking to take the Feds to new highs this coming season. 

 

Fran: “I have had other options for the next season but Feds was always my priority. We have a terrific group of staff and players, that constantly make me proud with their commitment, attention to detail and hard work. We have created a family and I look forward to try to take them to new highs this coming season” gaffer commented.

 

Asked about his new signings, Alonso replied: “We have already announced Eileish, a New Zealand international, but I have agreed terms with another 4 quality players that will be announced during the following weeks. I am delighted that players of the quality of those want to come to Feds to work under me” Alonso said.

 

​“This season we will have new training facilities, a stadium for our games and a fantastic team to play good football, the board is pushing the Club forward and so we are, so it could not get any more exciting, we all can’t wait to start the season!” the Spaniard told us.

 

 

Channi Thompson, captain of the First Team has said to Liverpool website: “ It’s fantastic news that Fran has agreed to stay with Feds for another year, the professionalism he has brought to the club along with the style of play has been appreciated by everyone.”

 

 “I don’t think people realise the amount of hours he puts into the club week in week out, I have been at this club for many seasons and believe that along with Duffy and Colin we have one of the best management teams in women’s football.” commented the skipper

 

 “I’m really looking forward for the upcoming season with the retention of most of our squad from last year and also the calibre of players Fran has lined up to bring in, I think it could be a very exciting season for us” Channi concluded

New Zealand international Eileish Hayes signs for Feds

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce that New Zealand U-20’s international Eileish Hayes

has joined the team.

The young kiwi will come to Liverpool from her native New Zealand and will join Feds for the

2018-19 season,

Eileish:  “There are not many female players from New Zealand over in the UK playing football therefore I had to do quite a bit of research before I got in contact with any clubs. I saw that the Liverpool Feds were in a very good standing in the Women’s Premier League Division 1 Northern and decided to get in contact with Fran." she told Liverpool Feds website.

 

Hayes did not doubt Feds were the Club for her: "I quickly realised that the club would be a very good place for me as Fran was very welcoming and he assured me that the club had high aspirations to reach the FA Women’s National League North."

 

"I am very excited to get over to Liverpool and to start pre-season training with the girls and to start the season and hope to help them on their journey for promotion this year.” commented the young international. 

Liverpool Feds’ manager, Fran Alonso is very pleased to have signed Eileish for Feds, "I’ve watched Eileish play for her country at the U-20’s level and I was impressed with her, we talked and we didn’t need long to agree terms, I am delighted that Eileish is coming to Liverpool to join us” the manager said.

 

“It is very important for us to bring players as experienced as Eileish and at the same time as young. She has played at a high standard in America, playing at a top 40 NCAA Division One university team and also representing her country at the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup", Alonso added 

 

“She is the second international player we have signed in less than a year and that tells us that the exposure of the Club is growing massively and also that our style of play is attractive for many talented players out there” the Spaniard concluded. 

New Zealand international Eileish Hayes signs for Feds

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce that New Zealand U-20’s international Eileish Hayes

has joined the team.

The young kiwi will come to Liverpool from her native New Zealand and will join Feds for the

2018-19 season,

Eileish:  “There are not many female players from New Zealand over in the UK playing football therefore I had to do quite a bit of research before I got in contact with any clubs. I saw that the Liverpool Feds were in a very good standing in the Women’s Premier League Division 1 Northern and decided to get in contact with Fran." she told Liverpool Feds website.

 

Hayes did not doubt Feds were the Club for her: "I quickly realised that the club would be a very good place for me as Fran was very welcoming and he assured me that the club had high aspirations to reach the FA Women’s National League North."

 

"I am very excited to get over to Liverpool and to start pre-season training with the girls and to start the season and hope to help them on their journey for promotion this year.” commented the young international. 

Liverpool Feds’ manager, Fran Alonso is very pleased to have signed Eileish for Feds, "I’ve watched Eileish play for her country at the U-20’s level and I was impressed with her, we talked and we didn’t need long to agree terms, I am delighted that Eileish is coming to Liverpool to join us” the manager said.

 

“It is very important for us to bring players as experienced as Eileish and at the same time as young. She has played at a high standard in America, playing at a top 40 NCAA Division One university team and also representing her country at the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup", Alonso added 

 

“She is the second international player we have signed in less than a year and that tells us that the exposure of the Club is growing massively and also that our style of play is attractive for many talented players out there” the Spaniard concluded. 

New Zealand international Eileish Hayes signs for Feds

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce that New Zealand U-20’s international Eileish Hayes

has joined the team.

The young kiwi will come to Liverpool from her native New Zealand and will join Feds for the

2018-19 season,

Eileish:  “There are not many female players from New Zealand over in the UK playing football therefore I had to do quite a bit of research before I got in contact with any clubs. I saw that the Liverpool Feds were in a very good standing in the Women’s Premier League Division 1 Northern and decided to get in contact with Fran." she told Liverpool Feds website.

 

Hayes did not doubt Feds were the Club for her: "I quickly realised that the club would be a very good place for me as Fran was very welcoming and he assured me that the club had high aspirations to reach the FA Women’s National League North."

 

"I am very excited to get over to Liverpool and to start pre-season training with the girls and to start the season and hope to help them on their journey for promotion this year.” commented the young international. 

Liverpool Feds’ manager, Fran Alonso is very pleased to have signed Eileish for Feds, "I’ve watched Eileish play for her country at the U-20’s level and I was impressed with her, we talked and we didn’t need long to agree terms, I am delighted that Eileish is coming to Liverpool to join us” the manager said.

 

“It is very important for us to bring players as experienced as Eileish and at the same time as young. She has played at a high standard in America, playing at a top 40 NCAA Division One university team and also representing her country at the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup", Alonso added 

 

“She is the second international player we have signed in less than a year and that tells us that the exposure of the Club is growing massively and also that our style of play is attractive for many talented players out there” the Spaniard concluded. 

Bartup commits to Feds for 2018-19 Season

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce that, top goal scorer Laura Bartup,

will play for the Blues this coming season.

Despite the interest of many teams in Feds' division and the division above,

the young talented player, who has scored 17 goals this season in only 18

games have decided to stay in Liverpool and play for Alonso's team, at least

one more season.

Laura Bartup:  "I'm thrilled to have signed another season with the Feds and

build on County Cup success this season," she says in an interview for

Liverpool Feds website.

 

"The Club's aspirations match my own and I am very excited to continue to

work with Fran and take this Club where it should be. I am happy here and look forward to challenging for the title next season." 

 

"Working closely with Fran since joining Feds has undoubtedly contributed to my development as player and his belief in me gives me the confidence that I can continue to improve, add to my game and help the Feds achieve their goals," admits the Feds' striker.

Manager Alonso is delighted to have kept Laura at Feds, "having Laura with us for next season was a

priority for me, she is a terrific player with good technique and great physical attributes." 

 

"We have worked a lot with her this season, changed her position and she has become a goal scoring machine. I believe she has improved a lot this season with our tactical work," Alonso says.

 

"Now many teams in our division and the division above have approached her to play for them and I am very pleased that she has decided to stay with us and to work with me," Alonso concluded.

Feds sign U-19's international

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce the signing of centre midfielder

Filippa Savva.

The young talented player, who is the captain of Cyprus Under-19's, took

part in every game the Cypriot national team played in the last Euro

qualifiers and also played in the highest division of the Cypriot football

pyramid.

"Signing for Liverpool Feds is a great chance to make a new beginning

after six years playing in Cyprus," the new signing said. "I'm very grateful to

the team and the manager (Fran Alonso) for giving me the chance of doing

what I like most and playing in a high-level English competition, so I can

carry on improving myself."

Filippa Savva, who already trains with the first team, describes manager Alonso as "a top-quality coach and a remarkable man" whom she has "no words" to thank for giving her this opportunity to join Feds.

The international player says she is "looking forward to playing and helping the club achieve their goals as well as winning as many titles as possible."

Although the centre midfielder has recently moved to Liverpool, she is already enjoying her new life in Merseyside: "My teammates and the staff are making me feel right at home, Liverpool is a very nice city and I am very much enjoying my stay here. I could live here for many years."

Manager Alonso admits that he didn't think twice about bringing Savva in when the opportunity arose - and assures players like Savva will help to raise the Feds profile.

"When I was contacted by her dad with the possibility of bringing her to Feds, I had no doubts that she would perfectly fit in with our group of girls.

"It's fantastic for us to be able to bring in this type of young footballer. She has already a great amount of international experience but at the same time she is very keen to learn and work hard. Players like Filippa will help Liverpool Feds to take the step to the next level, " Alonso assured.

Despite Savva's good qualities Alonso prefers to go step-by-step when it comes to making her debut with the first team: "We will be patient with her and make sure she adapts to the tempo and the intensity of the game in England before she plays for the first team, but she is training with us and I can say that tactically and ability wise I am very pleased at the level she is at."

Chloe Powell joins Liverpool Feds

Liverpool Feds are delighted to announce the signing of

Chloe Powell from Blackburn Rovers Ladies.

The defender, who worked under manager Fran Alonso at

Everton Ladies last season, has been training with the Feds

for the last two months and could make her debut against

Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Powell told Liverpool Feds website: "I am happy I can continue

playing football at a high level. Signing for Feds will allow me to

challenge myself and improve as a player.

"It is clear that we are one of the strongest teams in the league

and also still being strong competitors in the cup. Hopefully, we

can continue this good form to stand us at the top of the table come summer time."

With Feds playing "with an attacking style" as she likes, Powell hopes to contribute "not only defending but by going forwards and helping the team creating goal scoring opportunities."

Powell is delighted to cross paths with manager Alonso again: "Fran was my manager at Everton Ladies, I really enjoyed playing under him and I am prepared for the challenge he will face me with," the new signing said.

"I understand the ways in which he wants me and the team to play, which I like. I think he will be able to push me as a player to get the best from me and bring good things to the team," she added.

Feds manager Alonso said about the defender: “I am very pleased to welcome Chloe to Feds, she is young and has great potential. She is a versatile player who works hard in training and is always looking to get better."

"Chloe is definitely the type of player we want to bring to Feds, I have no doubts she is going to improve her game with us and is going to have a great time at Feds," the Spaniard concluded.

Douglas sees the light at the end of the tunnel

Striker Emily Douglas, out since February 2016 following an ACL

injury, returned to training with the rest of her teammates on

Tuesday.

"It's great to be back at training with all the girls last night,

especially  as I've been training on my own for most of my

rehabilitation,"  Douglas says in an interview for Liverpool

Feds website.

The 19-year-old from Widnes ruptured her ACL and tore the

meniscus in a league clash with Middlesbrough away from home

in the 2015/16 season, "by landing awkwardly jumping for a header."

Almost two years without playing football is "long" and "tough",

recognises the player, whose recovering process has consisted of "doing loads of sessions with our physio Will helping to get me back used to kicking a football."

"I've really missed football in the time I've been out but I've enjoyed having more time to get my coaching badges and start coaching the Feds under 12s. Everyone from the team, to the coaches, to the committee have been brilliant in helping me to get back," adds the striker.

Although the player can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it's still unclear when she will be ready for her first appearance this season. "Hopefully I will be back playing within the next couple of months but having not played in two years... I'm quite rusty so I still have a lot of work to do to get back to match fitness," says the Feds player.

Fran Alonso: "We are all excited about her coming back after a long injury"

First team manager Fran Alonso is delighted to have Emily Douglas back after a long ACL injury, but he says it's key not to rush her comeback.

"We are all excited about her coming back after a long injury but we will be extra cautious with her. Will is doing a fantastic job with her and we are slowly ticking boxes so she can get back playing.

"We won't put any pressure on her and we want to make the getting back process very smooth and easy to assimilate for her mind and body. Her next steps will be going from modified unopposed training to opposed, playing for our reserves and then, if all goes well, with no symptoms, she will get back playing for us," Feds manager says.

With Liverpool Feds into the County Cup final and fighting for the league title, Fran Alonso is conscious of the impact Douglas could make on the team in order to achieve the season goals.

"When Emily got injured, Liverpool Feds were top of the league and she had scored 20 goals in 21 appearances. These statistics for a 16-year-old playing in the FA WPL are unbelievable. Losing Emily was very hard to take for the whole team that ended up losing the league to Middlesbrough. That tells you the potential that Emily has," Alonso concluded.

Liverpool Feds see off Sheffield United in the WPL Cup

Liverpool Feds, with a brace from Laura Bartup, progressed to

the second round of the WPL Cup as they defeated Sheffield

United 2-1 with a great comeback at Sheffield United Academy

on Sunday.

The next opponent for Alonso's side will be announced once all

ties have been played. The last game of this round is scheduled

for 29th October so the draw will presumably take place on

Monday, 30 October.

The Blues made four changes to their side that started in last

Wednesday's league win against local rivals Mossley Hill,

bringing in defenders Longhurst and Clark plus strikers Mendes and Lee.

The away side's plans changed with only three minutes into the game when a misunderstanding between the defence and the goalkeeper resulted in Sheffield United taking the lead in the match. Things could have gone worse six minutes later when Kenyon was set up by Shaw, but her goal was disallowed due to an offside.

The away side were assigned the tough task of turning the tie around against an opposition unbeaten in the last nine games. It was not impossible, though, as they already achieved this on two occasions this season (Barnsley FC Ladies [3-2] and Leeds United [2-1]).

Feds looked to get back in the game before the break but were unable to find a way through as they were being kept at bay. Mendes and Lee both had some chances to level but none of them met their target.

With 45 minutes remaining and 1-0 down in the game, Alonso's team needed a quick reaction to turn the tie around before it was too late. Mendes and Johnston were replaced by Seagraves and Bartup.

The Blues enjoyed good spells of possession from the restart as they started to create more chances. A great cross from Pope ended up in the back of the net but it was disallowed due to an offside.

While Feds looked for an equaliser, the home side's plan consisted of defending deeper and looking to double their lead in a counter attack. They almost had their prize when Shaw found herself unmarked in the box but her shot went just wide.

The equalising goal arrived with 68 minutes on the clock. A great team action from a quick free kick found Lee who sent Bartup through on goal, who calmly finished with a chip over the onrushing goalkeeper. The striker missed a great chance to put Feds ahead two minutes later as her shot hit the side netting.

When the match seemed to be going to extra time, Bartup, once again, beat the goalkeeper. A flick on from Thompson found Bartup in the 6 yard box to hammer home and knock Sheffield United out of the WPL Cup.

Liverpool Feds now turn their attention to the league to face Newcastle United Womens FC away from home on Sunday (kicks off at 2.00pm).

Liverpool Feds defeat Mossley Hill for the third time this season

Liverpool Feds racked up their fifth win in the Premier

League Northern Division 1 this season as the Blues

defeated Mossley Hill 3-0 in the Merseyside Derby at

Litherland Sports Park on Wednesday evening.

The clash between these two teams saw the Blues

defeat their local rivals for the third time this season,

following last Sunday's 7-0 win in the FA Cup and a

4-0 win in the league last month.

Rosie Havelin, with a brace, and Carla Lee allowed Liverpool Feds to remain in the fight for the league title. Their main opponents, Hull City Ladies and Brighouse Town Ladies, both won their respective games so the league table did not change.

Goalkeeper Dee Tomkins also contributed to her team's victory by keeping her fifth clean sheet in the 2017/18 season and the third in a row against Mossley Hill.

The Blues came on the pitch knowing that the game had nothing to do with last Sunday's FA Cup game as the manager Fran Alonso insisted ahead of the meeting. The deadlock was broken with just three minutes into the game after a great team action where Rowe found Havelin unmarked in the area to put the Feds ahead.

However, Mossley Hill, in their eagerness to take the first three points this season, stayed in the game by winning most of the second balls. Their best chance came in the 23rd minute when goalkeeper Tomkins successfully saved a 1v1.

Both teams had one more opportunity before half time, Tomkins saved a free-kick from Mossley Hill and Rowe fired over the bar.

The second half saw Liverpool Feds move the ball quicker, keeping the possession and creating more chances. Carla Lee, who came on the pitch after the break, scored her eighth goal this season to double Feds' advantage in the 73th minute.  Mossley Hill, far from throwing in the towel,  had a big oportunity to get back in the game one minute later but the ball was blocked by Abby Pope on the goal line.

With the three points almost in the bag, a few late dangerous challenges resulted in Sasha Rowe being taken to hospital with a head injury and Liverpool Feds ending the game with 10 players as they already made three changes.

Nevertheless, Feds managed to score the third in injury time as Havelin beat the home side’s goalkeeper. One minute later, Helen Griffiths headed in a cross from the left but the goal was disallowed by the referee.

The team will now turn their attention to the WPL Cup as they travel to Sheffield United Ladies on Sunday (kicks off at 2:30pm).

Alonso’s Feds beating records

After Liverpool Feds 4-0 win over Mossley Hill Ladies in the

Merseyside derby the blues have achieved their best start

ever in the FA Women’s Premier League era. The team has

won every single game this season and therefore maintained

the “perfect start”.

Hull City Ladies' 5-1 win over Leeds Ladies keeps them at the top of the table with 13 points, however Brighouse Town lose second place to Liverpool Feds  who also have a game in hand, both teams with 12 points. Next league game will be a top of the table clash between Hull and Feds on the 1st October at Hull University Sports ground 2pm Kick off.

After having rested for a week the team came to the league competition in tonight’s derby game. "Not playing last weekend finally worked very well for us, this is a great result and considering it was a derby it is a morale boost too" boss Fran Alonso told Liverpool Feds website.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and the mental part of it was key, we were well prepared and won most of the first and second balls, unlike last season’s county semi-final.”

The surface used for today’s game had a big impact and benefitted the positional possession playing style of the Feds "The fact that we played on 4G has helped us, it was the perfect surface to move the ball quickly and set a very high tempo on the game, we successfully played out from the back and through the thirds, and also we were very effective in the final third and dominated possession during the whole game" commented Alonso.

Mossley Hill Ladies after this game stay in 12th position with 0 points after having lost their four first league games of the season. Nevertheless, Alonso believes the opposition will still be "very difficult" to beat in the next two derby matches the sides will play in October (League and FA Cup) "we have won today and were clearly the better side but it doesn’t mean that Mossley Hill will be an easy opposition when we play them in October, we have a lot of respect for them and we know if we are not at our best they will punish us."

The two teams will face each other in the FA Cup third round qualifier on October 8th (kicks off at 2pm) at IM Marsh and three days later on October 11th in the league at Mossley Hill Athletic ground.

Alonso's backup plan beat Leeds United Ladies

Liverpool Feds racked up their fourth victory this season

after defeating Leeds United Ladies 2-1 at IM Marsh on

Sunday afternoon. The great reaction of the Merseysiders

to an unfavourable score, once again, enabled them to take

the three points against a well-organised opposition.

 

The Phoenix got into the game with a tactic that came as a

complete surprise to the home side as their manager Fran

Alonso told Liverpool Feds TV after the game. With a high line and very well-organised in defence, Leeds United kept their opponent at bay and took the lead in the 24th minute when a left-foot shot from Kez Huegett beat the Feds goalkeeper.

At that point, the Blues had a handful of chances to break the deadlock, however it was the away side which was in front. Once again, Liverpool Feds had the tough task of turning the game around, which had been successfully done against Barnsley FC Ladies in previous weeks.

 

Fran Alonso's backup plan brought about goals to the home side after the break. The team played a bit more directly trying to exploit the space in behind Leeds' high line by bringing players from the second line.

The first goal for Feds came from Rosie Havelin, who beat her defender and fired into the near post in the 65th minute. No sooner had the home side equalised than they scored the second goal. This time Carla crossed to Amy Seagraves who put her team ahead in the match.

Feds pushed for a third goal to avoid disappointment before the final whistle but the Leeds defence stood firm and even had a chance to equalise in the 90th minute. The free-kick from the edge of the box was saved by Deanne Tomkins.

This result leaves Liverpool Feds in second place in the table with 9 points, the same as the leaders Brighouse Town Ladies, who defeated Chester-Le-Street 6-2.

 

The surprise took place at Hull University Sports Ground where Hull City Ladies dropped two points after drawing 1-1 against Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC.

Morecambe Ladies were supposed to be the next opponent for Liverpool Feds on Sunday but the match has been postponed as the home side takes on Bolton Wanderers Ladies in the Cup. This means that Alonso's side will face Mossley Hill Athletic, in a match scheduled for September 20th at JMO Sports Park (kicks off at 7,45pm).

Fran Alonso: "This result was key for us"

The manager Fran Alonso spilled over with happiness after his team's victory, which was "key" for the team because "we are growing in confidence and this is the place where we wanted to be at this point."

However, Liverpool Feds faced a tough opposition that "surprised us with high lines making the space very tight in our half. We had 7 or 8 chances to score but we did not manage to do so, however they had one and converted it.

"In the second half, we tried to calm down a little bit, improve our end product and play more direct trying to exploit the space in behind Leeds' high line by bringing players from the second line. We did it successfully."

Asked for his team's reaction, Alonso told Liverpool Feds TV that "this is a sign of a winning team because we did not lose our faith and kept on trying until we came back."

Feds to remain at the top of the table

After knocking Wolverhampton Wands Womens out of the FA WPL

Cup last weekend, Liverpool Feds resume their Northern Division 1

campaign by facing Leeds United Ladies at IM Marsh on Sunday (kicks

off at 2pm).

With the whole squad available for this game apart from the absence

of Keira Onanga and Emily Douglas, both recovering from their

respective injuries, the Merseysiders will look to pick up the three

points in order to continue their winning streak. The home side have

started the 2017/18 season with 2 wins in the league - against Chester-Le-Street and Barnsley FC Ladies, respectively - and are now second in the table with 6 points.

"We know it will not be an easy game, but we are in great form and we will fight to get the three points that can keep us at the top the table," said manager Fran Alonso ahead of the Sunday's league game.

The Spanish boss has announced changes on his squad as part of the squad rotation, which is "always difficult" for him because "I would love to play them all but we need to start leaving players out of the squad."

The opponent of Liverpool Feds, Leeds United Ladies, comes into this game after having lost 7-1 to Nottingham Forest Ladies in the determining round of the FA WPL Cup last weekend. The Phoenix, however, defeated Chester-Le-Street 1-0 in the last league game and are now 6th on the table.

The last two clashes between these squads took place in the 2016/17 regular season and both matches were won by Liverpool Feds (4-0 at home and 4-3 away from home). The first one saw boss Fran Alonso win his first official game as Liverpool Feds First Team Manager.

Liverpool Feds dispatch a higher division team in the

FA WPL Cup

Liverpool Feds earned their place to the first round of the

FA WPL Cup after defeating Wolverhampton Wands Women's

2-0 at Hednesford Town Stadium this Sunday afternoon.

Their next opponent is expected to be announced today.

Although the home side was the favourite to go through

to the next round on paper as they play in a higher division

(Northern Division), it did not turn out that way in practice. Carla Lee, with a left-footed strike, and Chantelle Thompson, with a brilliant long-range shot, gave Feds a well-deserved win which enabled them to maintain the unbeaten run this season.

Liverpool Feds got into the game with the idea of taking the possession from their opponent and dictating the tempo of the game, not applying the high pressing like they normally do. The situation required this as part of the strategy to beat the home side.

The first two chances for the Merseysiders came one after another with 4 minutes on the clock. Lynsey Longhurst's attempt did not find their target while Carla Lee's header was cleared by a Wolverhampton defender.

It was then when Alonso's side truly started to believe in their possibilities of victory. The goal came just before the break but it could have come earlier as Feds were unlucky in the final third. Carla Lee took the ball down, turned the player and curled a left-footed strike into the top left-hand corner.

The goalkeeper Deanne Tomkins had to intervene just once in the first 45 minutes, which explains the superiority of Feds on the pitch. Wolverhampton came into this game after having lost their first two league games (3-0 against Blackburn Rovers and 4-3 against Middlesbrough Women).

The scenario did not change really much in the second half. The blue team kept looking for a second goal to double their advantage, and it was about to come in the 52nd minute but Gill's shot went just wide. After that, Wolverhampton had their best chance to equalise the game but the shot was successfully saved by Tomkins.

 

 With 28 minutes remaining, the captain Chantelle Thompson got herself on the scoresheet for the second time in a week to ensure Fed's participation in the first round of the FA WPL Cup.

Fran Alonso: "The girls deserved a win like this"

After the away win against Wolverhampton Wands Women’s in the determining round of the FA WPL Cup, the manager Fran Alonso was "pleased" with the final score and the performance, "especially in the first half where the team was tactically superb.”

"The girls have worked really hard during the week and deserved a win like this against a tough opponent," added Alonso.

Asked about the tactical changes made for this game, the Spanish manager explained that "we knew well how they play, so by changing the formation and the game strategy, we were well protected at the back against their direct play and at the same time we were able to exploit all the spaces that they left."

"The idea was to maximize our opportunities against a team that plays in a division higher and compete every week against good teams. It worked really well. We scored two goals but we could have scored a few more," concluded Liverpool Feds boss.

Liverpool Feds complete a stunning comeback

Liverpool Feds racked up their second win of the season as they

completed a great comeback (3-2) against Barnsley FC Ladies at

Barnsley FC Academy on Sunday afternoon.

Although Alonso's squad faced an uphill climb after Barnsley FC took

an advantage of two goals before the break, the away side, far from

throwing in the towel, got down to work in the second half and turned

around the deficit in less than 10 minutes. 

Nicole Johnston, with a brilliant finish into the bottom corner, gave Feds hope of a comeback in the 52nd minute. The captain Channi Thompson equalised the match, with a fantastic volley eight minutes later before the defender Rosie Kinving completed the comeback with a header from Johnston's cross. Demi Pringle, from the penalty spot, and the midfielder Amy Wooddruff had previously scored for Barnsley FC.

The only downside of the match was the sending off of the defender Helen Griffiths. This means that the player will serve a one-match suspension and will miss next weekend's FA WPL Cup match against Wolverhampton Wands.

After this fixture, Hull City Ladies sits at the top of the league with 6 points, followed by Alonso's squad and Brighouse Town Ladies with the same amount of points.

Liverpool Feds, who is expected to go back to training on Tuesday, will turn their attention to the FA WPL Cup as they will face Wolverhampton Wands Womens (Premier League Northern Division) in the first round at Hednesford Town FC on Sunday (kicks off at 2pm).

Fran Alonso's reaction to Liverpool Feds' victory

First half: "In the first half Barnsley caused a lot of problems to us with quick counters and long balls in behind the back four. We had two very clear chances that Georgia Wattam saved. We were a bit unlucky with the penalty decision that led to a 1-0 down and we allowed ourselves to be frustrated by it. They punished our lack of concentration by hitting us on the counter to make it 2-0 before half time.

Second half: "At half time we adjusted the team, we corrected the distances between the lines and players and closed those gaps that Barnsley were exploiting during the first half. We also move the ball quicker which made a lot more space to exploit than in the first half, the girls kept the faith until the end as we knew how important was to get the three points.

 

Our third goal from their kick off was a perfect example of our fighting spirit. I think we did 7-8 passes moving the opposition from one side to the other to end up scoring the winning goal, which meant a lot for all of us, not only for the three points but also for the way we came back to win the game."

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MORE THAN THREE POINTS

Liverpool Feds opened their 2017/18 domestic season with a 4-0

consistent victory over Chester-Le-Street on Sunday at IM Marsh.

Carla Lee, with a perfect hat-trick in just 10 minutes, and Carina

Mendes gave the home side the first three points of the season.

The whole squad got into the game determined to make a good

performance, start with a win and keep a clean sheet. And they

did it successfully, unlike what happened last season against

Guiseley Vixens Women in the opening game (3-1).

The opening goal for Feds arrived in the 26th minute, when Carla Lee netted a left foot finish. Feds' advantage was doubled three minutes later by Lee, once again. But it was still not enough for the striker as the no.10 scored a perfect hat-trick just before the break. A brilliant delivery from the former Everton Ladies player, Sasha Rowe, who beat her player down the right for Carla to glance it in.

 

In the second half, Chester-Le-Street tried in vain to reduce the deficit. In the 51st minute, the Cestrians had a clear chance to score, possibly the best of the game, but a great save from Dee with her right leg avoided the danger. The Portuguese Carina Mendes, minutes later, wrapped up the victory with the fourth goal.

With the three points in the bag and 25 minutes remaining, the sixteen-year-old Georgia Murphy, who came on as a substitute, made her first competitive senior appearance. The striker had a chance but her shot was saved by the Chester goalkeeper.

 

The team will go back to training on Tuesday to prepare for the next league game against Barnsley FC Ladies, which will take place at Barnsley FC Academy on Sunday (kicks off at 2pm).

 

Fran Alonso: "This is the way we wanted to start the league"

Boss Fran Alonso was pleased with his team's performance in today's first league game of the season: "This is the way we wanted to start the league. Good collective performance, four goals and a clean sheet."

"I always expect to win, every game, but we knew it was not an easy game. Chester-Le-Street finished 4th last season and was the only team that beat us since I joined."

Asked for the quality of the squad, Alonso said that "we have a very good team, not only 11 but

15-16 players that can play and keep the level. We have signed very well, we give chances to promising young players from our development team and we believe we have one of the strongest teams in the league."

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Liverpool Feds defeats Loughborough

The striker Carla Lee scored after the interval as Liverpool Feds

beat Loughborough Foxes 1-0 in their fifth friendly game of the

pre-season campaign at IM Marsh Sports Centre this Sunday

afternoon.

This victory meant a lot to the team, not only because they are

still unbeaten after five preseason games but also because they

managed to beat the Leicestershire & Rutland County Cup

champions (Loughborough Foxes beat Leicester Ladies 2-1 in the final).

Moreover, Feds kept a clean sheet for the second time during this pre-season (they previously beat Huddersfield Town Development team 5-0).

The return of Sasha Rowe is also good news for Feds. The striker, who missed the last friendly game against Drury University due to an ankle injury, took part in today's match for 33 minutes and is expected to be fully fit to face her former team Everton Ladies Reserves next week.

The squad will return to training on Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday's last pre-season friendly game against Everton Ladies Reserves before the 2017/18 season kicks off at the weekend.

Liverpool Feds boss Fran Alonso was "contented" with the victory against Loughborough because "the team is still unbeaten, we managed to win against a tough opposition and also kept a clean sheet for the second time this pre-season."

However, Alonso was disappointed with the state of the pitch: "It was not up to standard. The height of the grass did not enable us to play our football". Despite this, the Spaniard recognised that the team needs to improve tactically because today "we did not make a good performance in that sense and it took us over 30 minutes to start playing our football."

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Liverpool Feds's winning streak continues

Liverpool Feds's winning streak continues as the squad managed to

rack up their fourth victory in the pre-season campaign after beating

Drury University 3-2 in a friendly game on a sunny Wednesday

evening at Mather Avenue.

Rosie Havelin, who made it onto the scoresheet twice, gave the

home team the lead in the first half. The advantage was doubled

by Molly Falrey with a well-taken goal in the second half. However,

Drury University, far from giving up on the game, halved the deficit

after Gabby Millie scored. But, once again, Havelin turned up to

secure the victory from the penalty spot despite Uxoa Bertiz from

the American team finding the net again before the final whistle.

The former Everton Ladies player, Sasha Rowe, was left out of the matchday squad due to an ankle injury. Although the striker is making a quick recovery, only time will tell whether she is ready for the next friendly game.

While Drury University will take on Stoke City and Curzon Ashton before returning to Springfield (United States) to start the 2017/18 domestic season at the end of this month, the next rival for Alonso's team will be last year's runners up of the Midlands Division 1 Loughborough LFC on Sunday at IM Marsh Sports Centre (kick off at 2pm).

Fran Alonso: "We managed to beat a well-organised team"

Liverpool Feds boss Fran Alonso was "pleased" after the game as the team "managed to beat a very-well organised team" who "won almost every first battle and most of the second battles."

Asked about Loughborough LFC, Alonso said that "the opposition we will find against them will be more realistic to what we will find in the league because they are at the same level as us."

"It will be a better test for us to see whether we are ready for the season. Whatever happens, I have plenty of confidence in this team and I cannot wait to start the competition," concluded Alonso

 

Sasha row sign for feds

***NEW SIGNING***
Fran Alonso brings in Sasha Rowe from Everton Ladies


The talented striker joins Liverpool Feds side from Everton ladies where she spent the last 11 years.

Sasha was the captain at Everton Ladies Reserves for the last season and had made the first team squad on several occasions, Fran worked with her at Everton and was always very keen to bring her to Feds.

Fran: “I worked with Sasha at Everton Ladies and she is exactly the type of player that I want to bring to Liverpool Feds, she has great work ethic, talent and tactical knowledge, it is always a pleasure to work with these type of players. Sasha will help the team to fight for our two main goals this season: league title and county cup.”

Sasha: I was really delighted when Fran asked me to join Feds as a First Team striker. I enjoyed working with him when he assisted at Everton Ladies and have great respect for his excellent coaching skills which will help me develop as a player. His enthusiasm, experience and knowledge of football is invaluable. I can't wait for the season to start and join this fantastic Club and play with a great group of girls'

 

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