A Game Of Two Halves
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
Much-improved second half performance was enough to earn Manchester City a point
A much-improved second half performance was enough to earn Manchester City a point and possibly more in their first game back in the WSL since the mid-season break.
This was in complete contrast to the first forty five minutes, when City looked decidedly out-of-sorts in a lacklustre display against the only team to have taken points off them so far this season after the 0-0 draw in their first encounter.
Liverpool aimed to go one better this time around and got off to the perfect start when Rosie White capitalised on a lapse of concentration in the City defence to put the visitors one up after only three minutes.
City’s response was sluggish as they struggled to get in gear. Promising moves quickly broke down through miss-placed passes and there was a general lack of awareness of what was going on around them.
Credit must go to Liverpool, who were successful in breaking up City’s pattern of play and who were always a threat going forward. And they nearly added a second when a shot from Weir hit the bar on thirty seven minutes.
City had only one real chance in that forgettable first half when Jane Ross’ low drive across the face of the Liverpool goal was agonisingly just out of reach of Corboz and Duggan.
In the second half, City emerged with a different attitude and they immediately began to force Liverpool back to defend their lead.
Doing what they do best, City’s accuracy improved as they played the ball wide and started to make in-roads down the wings.
Chamberlain was forced to make save-after-save to keep out shots from Duggan and Middag and headers from Houghton and Scott as City’s threat grew by the minute.
The pressure finally paid off in the sixty fifth minute when a low cross from Nikita Parris found Jane Ross who was able to stab the ball home from close range.
In the last ten minutes, City frantically pressed forward in search of a winner and Megan Campbell greatly added to the panic in the Liverpool box with her amazing long throw-ins.
But it was all to no avail and the match finally ended in a draw, which will suit Liverpool more than Man City.