Aston Villa and Liverpool battle to a goal-heavy draw

Liverpool's Leanne Kiernan dribbles between Aston Villa players.
Liverpool's Leanne Kiernan dribbles between Aston Villa players at Villa Park on May 21, 2023. (Photo by Liverpool FC Women)

In the third of Sunday’s WSL matches, Aston Villa played host to Liverpool. The two sides last met in November, when Villa secured all three points.

With both clubs sitting comfortably in the middle of the table, would Liverpool be able to get the better of Villa for the first time this season?

Starting XIs

Aston Villa: Hampton; Mayling, Lehmann, Daly, Dali, Staniforth, Turner, Patten, Hanson, Pacheco, Nobbs.

Liverpool: Kirby; Koivisto, Fahey, Matthews, Kearns, Nagano, Hinds, Bonner, Stengel, Dowie, Taylor.

How it went

Just eight minutes into the tie, the hosts were ahead. Kirsty Hanson’s eighth-minute goal gave Aston Villa a valuable lead. However, as the first half drew to a close, the visitors enjoyed a better spell of play.

Two goals in quick succession from Katie Stengel and Natasha Dowie saw Liverpool go ahead. But barely four minutes later, Liverpool’s lead vanished. Rachel Daly bagged an injury-time goal to level it up as the two teams headed into halftime.

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The 62nd minute saw Stengel get her second of the afternoon, putting the visitors ahead. Just eight minutes later, however, Villa found a reply. Hanson’s 70th-minute effort saw the No.20 complete her brace with 20 minutes to go.

The tie ultimately finished in a three-all draw with the points shared. Villa ended the day for points clear of Everton, while Liverpool finished the penultimate weekend seven points behind their Merseyside rivals.

Up Next

Aston Villa will next face Arsenal away, while Liverpool will host Manchester United on the final weekend of the 2022/23 WSL season.

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