REPORT: Durham 0-2 Liverpool

Two second half goals saw Durham Women fall to defeat against Liverpool.

Leanne Kiernan and Taylor Hinds struck for the Reds after a frenetic encounter at Maiden Castle.

The Wildcats made three changes from the side that suffered defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend as Abby Holmes, Becky Salicki and Dee Bradley returned to the side.

There was a late reshuffle for the side after Sarah Robson had to drop out the team in the warm-up, but the hosts began brightly with Beth Hepple fizzing a couple of teasing deliveries into the Liverpool box early on.

And on 14 minutes, it was a free-kick from the midfielder that created the first real chance of the game – Bradley finding some space before seeing a header held by Laws.

But as the half progressed, it was the Merseysiders who began to ask the more serious questions.

They came close to opening the scoring when Hinds twice struck the woodwork from close range, before Lauren Briggs’ superb clearance stopped Niamh Fahey from flicking home following a corner.

A further change was required for Durham shortly after with Kathryn Hill forced to withdraw.

There was to be one more major chance for Liverpool before the break with Rachel Furness seeing an effort hacked off the line from a corner, before the hosts managed to survive the resultant scramble.

The Wildcats looked much more of a threat after the break and began the second half on the front foot, and twice warmed the hands of Rachael Laws early on.

First the visiting stopper had to get down to hold Mollie Lambert’s low drive before she then held Abby Holmes’ hooked effort.

Clear-cut chances were at a premium, but Durham were playing some good football and entering some promising areas – all while restricting Liverpool.

So it was against the run of play when the Reds took the lead – Rhiannon Roberts’ cross was palmed away by Megan Borthwick and hit Kiernan before ricocheting into the net.

The lead would be doubled five minutes later after another Roberts delivery, with Hinds arriving at the back post to power home a header.

Durham showed plenty of endeavour late on but failed to carve out any real chances in the dying stages.

A teasing Beth Hepple delivery from a corner was the closest the hosts came, as Liverpool saw out the win.

Durham XI: Borthwick, Hill (Galloway 21), Briggs (Brown 84), Lambert, Wilson, Hepple, Salicki, Bradley, Christon, Roberts (Crosthwaite 75), Holmes

Subs not used: Mackain, Ayre

Yellow Cards: Bradley 41, Salicki 67

Attendance: 1,139

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