Liverpool Women have not got off to the best of starts, with the squad losing 1-0 to both Reading and Tottenham in the Women Super League. It looks as if their bad luck has continued on into the Conti Cup, with the squad losing 2-3 to Sheffield United.
The Reds were first to get the opener, with Hodgson getting the goal after Lawley’s own effort was saved. The squad were in a good position going into the second half, until Sheffield United’s Wilkinson equalised. Still, the Red women got the advantage once again after Niamh Charles headed the ball into the back of the net. 2-1 up, it was ours to lose.
…and that’s exactly what happened.
I don’t know how it did, but the Reds somehow let their foot off the pedal. In the last ten minutes of the game, everything went downhill. Sheffield United equalised once again in the 85th minute, with Cusack smashing the ball into the net from a distance.
It would only get worse for the Reds, with Jade Bailey getting sent off after receiving a second yellow. It was really unfortunate for the women when Sheffield United took the lead in the last minute. Jade Pinnock’s third goal sealed the women’s defeat.
The Liverpool women seem to have a problem with their defending skills. Not only have they struggled with keeping clean sheets, but there is now an emerging pattern with players being sent off. Hopefully with the new Goalkeeping coach they have signed, the defence will become tighter.
To add to this, I was very surprised to see that Sweetman-Kirk was not on the team sheet today. I thought she would have been up front today considering she was one of the top goal-scorers in the WSL last year. I think that if she paired up Sweetman-Kirk with Babajide and Hodgson, there could be potential.
It’s lucky that it’s just the group stages so there’s still time for them to improve.