Liverpool claimed a comfortable 4-0 victory over London side Charlton Athletic at Prenton Park this afternoon.
Both sides came into the match with four points from their opening two games. Liverpool would naturally have been the favourites to prevail but the threat of Charlton Athletic could not be dismissed with star striker Jess King in particularly good form with the player having hit the back of the net in both of her side’s matches.
It was the home side who took the lead early on. A delightfully floated corner from Jade Bailey was met by Rachel Furness who powered her header beyond visiting keeper Katie Startup.
The Reds netted their second goal 11 minutes before the break when Jade Bailey shot through a crowd of Charlton Athletic defenders and her effort crept in at the near post for her first goal of the new campaign.
Charlton Athletic looked much improved in the second half, keeping the home side at bay and them having to resort to speculative efforts from distance, although it very nearly paid off for Vicki Jepson’s side. A short free-kick eventually found it’s way to Furness who let fly from distance and her superb effort left Startup helpless only to be saved by the upright.
Unable to break down The Addicks’ back-line, Liverpool were attempting more and more ambitious shots from distance and they again went close. A short free-kick found Rinsola Babajide and the England attacker found the angle to rifle a tremendous effort goalwards. It looked a certain goal but she was denied by a superb save from Startup who pushed the ball over for a corner.
Furness completed her brace in the final 10 minutes as The Reds finally made the breakthrough again. In an almost identical strike to the one that rattled the woodwork earlier in the match, the midfielder let fly from distance only this time the ball nestled in the bottom corner.
In the dying moments of the game, substitute Kirsty Linnett latched onto a loose ball in the opposition penalty area and hammered it home to complete a 4-0 rout.
The result sees Liverpool climb to second in the table, level on points and goal difference with leaders Sheffield United who only beat the Merseyside club on goals scored. As for fifth-placed Charlton Athletic, it doesn’t get much easier as they host the South Yorkshire club next weekend.