WSL: Liverpool hold West Ham to draw on the road

Fuka Nagano of Liverpool challenges for the ball with Riko Ueki of West Ham
Fuka Nagano of Liverpool challenges for the ball with Riko Ueki of West Ham in the Barclays Women's Super League (Photo by Patrick Khachfe/Getty Images)

On Sunday, Rehanne Skinner’s West Ham took on Matt Beard’s Liverpool at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. Before kick-off, West Ham sat in ninth while their opponents were in sixth.

Many expected the game to be a close one, with Liverpool being slight favourites to win. However, both sides had to settle for a draw after a goal each on the board.

Starting XIs

West Ham

Arnold; Smith, Cissoko, Cooke, Denton, Shimizu, Hayashi, Evans, Harries, Asseyi, Ueki

Liverpool

Laws; Fisk, Bonner, Clark, Koivisto, Nagano, Höbinger, Holland, Hinds, Flint, Román Haug

First half

Liverpool started off the better of the two sides, with a chance in the first minute. Ceri Holland crossed the ball towards Natasha Flint however, the forward was unable to turn it goal-wards.

The Reds edged agonisingly close to scoring but coming up short became a theme of the game. It has been a regular theme of their play all season in fact, with Beard stating that they must improve their finishing multiple times.

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After the first 20 minutes, West Ham got a foothold in the game, similarly to how the Merseyside Derby went just last week. Unfortunately for the Irons, no big chances materialised.

After this run of West Ham being back in the game, Liverpool once again established themselves with Ceri Holland being at the centre of all that was good. She had a phenomenal effort denied by the bar just on the stroke of half time.

Second half

The Reds came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, the same way they finished the first. All the pressure mounted on West Ham eventually led to a Liverpool goal in the 52nd minute, provided by Marie Höbinger.

After the goal, Liverpool became more passive, once again allowing West Ham to bring some pressure of their own. Despite all of this pressure, the Hammers were unable to register a shot on target until the 91st minute.

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Just three minutes later, West Ham had their equaliser through summer signing Riko Ueki after a goal-mouth scramble. Despite having 59 percent possession to West Ham’s 41 percent, Liverpool were unable to put the game to bed, and Skinner’s Irons didn’t lose hope.

The one all draw means that Liverpool stay in sixth, while West Ham climb one place into eight just three points behind todays opposition.

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