Liverpool have completed a league double against former boss Neil Redfearn with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United at The Technique Stadium.
The Reds won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Prenton Park in November and they recorded another victory by the same scoreline this afternoon thanks to Amalie Threstrup’s first half effort.
Liverpool went close to opening the scoring early on but Fran Kitching parried a Kirsty Linnett effort away and Threstrup couldn’t capitalise from the rebound.
The hosts looked equally as sharp and were playing with a high press. That press won Sheffield United a penalty midway through the half when Courtney Sweetman-Kirk battled her way to meet a bouncing ball in the penalty area and she was caught by a Liverpool defender. Katie Wilkinson stepped up but fired wide of Rylee Foster’s right-hand post from 12 yards.
Sheffield United were made to rue that miss when Kitching saved a Linnett shot from an acute angle but the ball deflected into the path of Threstrup who had the task of tapping into an unguarded net.
Amy Rodgers went close to doubling the visitors’ lead in first half stoppage time but some last-ditch Sheffield United defending denied The Reds a more comfortable first half advantage.
Redfearn’s Blades came out strongly for the second half and Sweetman-Kirk headed at Foster from a free-kick before the Liverpool keeper tipped a Leandra Little header over the bar.
The visiting side were then given a penalty kick of their own when Nom Hartley was adjudged to have bundled Rodgers over in the box but Kitching superbly denied Linnett from the spot.
Sheffield United were awarded a second penalty kick two minutes from time when Taylor Hinds committed a hand ball under pressure from substitute Melissa Johnson. Fellow substitute Jade Pennock stepped up to take the penalty but Foster denied her and she then smothered the loose ball. Foster came out of the incident badly and left the field on a stretcher.
Liverpool saw out the remainder of the game with 10 players as they claimed the three points to move into third position in the FA Women’s Championship and close in on second-placed Durham.