Match report | Five Star Liverpool progress in Continental Cup
Liverpool progressed to the Quarter finals of the FA Women’s Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday evening at Widnes after a 5-1 thrashing of Aston Villa Ladies.
The Reds started the brighter and could have been ahead inside the first minute as Ashley Hodson crossed for Niamh Charles, but she fired her effort wide from close range.
It was all Liverpool in the early stages and they should have taken the lead on six minutes as Jess Clarke was played in by another low Hodson cross however she volleyed her effort wide when she really should have hit the target.
The home side did go ahead on 18 minutes however as the impressive Hodson latched onto a cross from Charles to head past Rogers and into the net.
It was the turn of Caroline Weir to create the next opportunity for Liverpool on 25 minutes as the North-West women’s player of the year linked up with Alex Greenwood but her effort was well blocked by Villa keeper Rogers as she raced off the line.
Aston Villa created their first chance on 30 minutes as Ebony Salmon skipped her way around the challenges before her effort sailed over Becky Flaherty’s goal who was making her first team debut for the Reds.
Liverpool however went further ahead on 40 minutes as Clarke met a perfect cross from Hodson to head the ball into the net leaving Rogers in the Villa goal stranded.
It was Scott Rogers side who started the second half the better and won a penalty as Clarke was brought down, Greenwood then took full responsibility in taking it before placing the ball low into the net despite Rogers in the Villa goal diving the right way.
Aston Villa then were inches away from pulling a goal back as Salmon was played in by Amy West but her powerful effort was well kept out by Flaherty pushing the ball away from danger.
The visitors did however pull a goal back on 67 minutes as Chloe Jones latched onto a freekick from Hayley Crackle before her shot beat Flaherty via a deflection.
Greenwood was putting in a superb performance for the Reds and she could have made it four on 82 minutes after some neat build up play she saw her rasping effort tipped over by Rogers as the ball looked set to hit the roof of the net.
Two minutes later it was four as Weir curled a freekick around the Aston Villa wall and into the net leaving Rogers only a bystander.
As Villa tired Scott Rogers side added a fifth two minutes later as Ali Johnson cut inside before beating the keeper at her near post to the delight of the crowd at Widnes.
Flaherty, Bonner, Ingle,Longhurst,Coombs,Clarke,Weir,Charles,Greenwood,Flecther and Hodson.
Aston Villa Ladies
Rogers, Crackle,Jones,N’Dow,Richards,Hassall,Hurley,West,Merrick,Salmon and Ejupi.
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