London City: Rianna Jarrett penalty enough to take three points from Liverpool

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London City Lionesses celebrate scoring against Liverpool in the FA Women's Championship. (Photo by Lewis Storey - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The FA Women’s Championship action finally got back underway this weekend. Liverpool got their 2021/22 campaign underway by welcoming London City Lionesses to Merseyside.

Liverpool finished last season in third place with their opponents in sixth. 

Starting XIs

Liverpool

Laws; Wardlaw, Robe, Matthews, Hinds, Bailey, Kearns, Holland, Furness, Lawley, Kiernan

London City Lionesses

Yanez; Thompson, Girasoli, Bennett, Fitzgerald, Fleming, Agg, Rodgers, Napier, Nunn, Jarrett

How it went

The game started with early chances for both sides. A header from Rachel Furness sailed past the post while Brooke Dunn’s shot was easily gathered by the Liverpool keeper Rachael Laws.

The visitors almost broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute as Lily Agg’s shot came back off the post.

The game continued to the half-time whistle in the same way, with both sides having chances to kick off their goal tally for the new season. It was a similar challenge for both teams in the second half, with plenty of chances created but no one able to find the back of the net.

In the 60th minute however, London City were awarded a penalty following a coming together between Leighanne Robe and Kenni Thompson.

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Former Brighton forward Rianna Jarrett stepped up to take the spot-kick, which she cooly slotted past Laws in goal.

Despite several good chances for the hosts to equalise, the game finished 1-0 to the Lionesses.

Stand out player

Jarrett made an instant impact on her debut for London City. Scoring the only goal of the game, the No.9 made her presence known throughout the clash.

With her pace and ability to spot the opportunity to slip past a defender, the 27-year-old provided several chances for her team to take the lead before converting her spot-kick.

The Championship will return to action this weekend, with London City playing host to Crystal Palace, and Liverpool travelling to Watford for their second game of the season.

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