Liverpool Women Vs Coventry United Ladies FC

LiverpOol 5-0 united

A Niamh Fahey brace helped the Reds to secure a third straight league success

Liverpool made it three wins out of three as they eased their way to a 5-0 victory over struggling Coventry United.

Two goals in a minute midway through the first half saw the Reds take total control of a game where the visitors struggled going forward and saw them hanging on for much of the 90 minutes.

KEY MOMENTS

After a slow start to the game, the meeting sprung into life when Missy Bo-Kearns' in-swinging corner caused havoc in the Coventry defence, with the loose ball falling to skipper Niamh Fahey who shot high into the roof of the net.

A minute later and the Reds were on the scoresheet again after Ceri Holland broke the offside trap and burst down the left, before crossing to Becky Jane who made no mistake from six yards out.

Jane almost had a second when she met Rhiannon Roberts’ cross with a powerful volley, before Coventry carved out their only chance of the half as Destiney Toussaint pounced on a poor back pass from Meikayla Moore, only for Rachael Laws to block her shot.

Liverpool's dominance continued in the second half and it wasn't long before the hosts made the points safe, when Jane returned the first half favour for Holland to turn home from close range. 

The Reds almost added another moments later when Holland had another opportunity, but she powered a long range strike against the bar.

Fahey added a fourth midway through the second period after stroking home a Kearns cross for her third goal in two games, before Melissa Lawley completed the rout late on.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Liverpool were at their best going forward in this one, and their second goal of the game was proof of that. 

A lovely flowing move from the Reds ended in Holland fleeing away from the defence on the left hand side, before her inch-perfect pass allowed Jane to score, with the visiting defence left helpless.

WHAT THEY SAID

Liverpool striker Becky Jane said: "It could've been loads today but we are taking more chances and creating more chances which is good. 

"Ceri Holland has done really well today and she's great for us since she came in, always getting in the box and getting on the end of things.

"I played higher up the pitch when I was younger so I do know the role but I'm getting used to it a bit more now after not playing there for six or seven years. With the skipper behind me I know I can push forward and we have a good little combination going on.

"The back four are doing well too and our pressing and defensive work has really shown in the games recently. It's great to jeep clean sheets and keep the ball rolling. 

"A result like this shows there are goals coming from across the park now."

Coventry United midfielder Helen Dermody said:
 "I don't know where to begin to be honest. Once the first goal went in we let our heads go down and then second half they got an early goal and we just couldn't come back from it. We played alright in spells but we just didn't  create much in front of goal.

"When goals come so quickly after each other it is hard to pick everyone up and get back into the game but we battled to the end and we worked hard as a team and we have to take that away from today.

"We can always rely on Sue (Green, goalkeeper) and we do rely on her too much sometimes. We need to get closer to players and not allow them to take shots. We are just fortunate we have a quality keeper.

"We have to put this behind us now and move on.

Liverpool FC Women (4-1-4-1): Rachael Laws; Taylor Hinds, Nimah Fahey, Meikayla Moore, Rhiannon Roberts; Jade Bailey; Ceri Holland, Ashley Hodson, Missy Bo Kearns, Becky Jane; Kirsty Linnett

Substitutes: Melissa Lawley for Bailey 59’, Amy Rodgers for Hodson 59’, Rachel Furness for Linnett 74’, Leighanne Robe for Roberts 74’, Amalie Thestrup for Jane 81’

Substitutes not used: Rylee Foster, Emily Brough, Lucy Parry

Goals: Fahey 23’, 67’, Jane 24’, Holland 52’ , Lawley 84’

Coventry United (4-3-3): Sue Wood; Ashlee Brown, Becky Anderson, Nikki Miles, Hayley Crackle; Helen Dermody, Fran Orthodoxou , Katy Morris; Destiney Toussaint, Georgia Stevens, Amber Hughes

Substitutes: Keeley Davies for Hughes 56’, Beth Merrick for Stevens 56’, Alice Hassall for Toussaint 84’

Substitutes not used: Holly Chandler, Phoebe Warner, Liv Clark, Jenna Roberts, Alanah Mann

Referee: Lucy Anne-Briggs