Liverpool Women manager Vicky Jepson urges on her team Manchester City Women v Liverpool Women WSL football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 31 Mar 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Liverpool record first victory to inject new life into survival battle

Liverpool are off the bottom of the FA Women’s Super League table after recording their first victory of the season, a 1-0 success over fellow strugglers Bristol City at the Stoke Gifford Stadium this afternoon.

The Reds failed to win any of their first 11 matches of a truly woeful season but they are now up and running following new signing Rachel Furness’ first goal for the club against Bristol City.

Liverpool really should have been ahead in the early stages of the match but Rinsola Babajide’s low strike from the edge of the area came back off the post.

Vicky Jepson’s side did not have to wait much longer for their reward. Mel Lawley’s initial shot was saved by home keeper Sophie Baggaley but Bristol City failed to clear their lines and Furness fired home the game’s only goal from close range.

Babajide should then really have punished The Robins for some sloppy play but hit a weak shot at Baggaley before Olivia Chance’s effort from range crashed off the bar at the other end.

The second half saw Bristol City forward Charlie Wellings spurn two huge chances to get her side back into the match. First, she failed to bundle the ball home from six yards before being fouled in the aftermath, winning her side a penalty kick. The former Birmingham City player took the spot kick herself but struck the ball straight down the middle at Liverpool keeper Anke Preuss.

Furness was unlucky not to add to Liverpool’s lead and her own personal goal tally as she watched a powerful effort hit the bar but it didn’t matter as Jepson’s side collected the victory required to take them off the bottom of the table at Bristol City’s expense.

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