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Longhurst wins it for Reds

Kate Longhurst scored a superb goal to give Liverpool a 1-0 victory over local rivals Everton at the Select Security Stadium.

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Liverpool celebrate Longhurst's goal

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Longhurst struck in the 11th minute as the Reds claimed their first FA Women’s Super League win since the first day of the season while bottom of the table Everton slumped to their fourth defeat in six.

Everton made the brighter start and almost took the lead inside two minutes but Libby Stout produced a brilliant save to keep out a close range effort from Nikita Parris.

And Everton then found themselves behind when Corina Schroder made progress down the left and crossed to Natsha Dowie, whose lay-off was superbly side-footed into the net from distance by Longhurst.

Dowie almost doubled the advantage but her header from a Fara Williams free-kick was just wide of the post.

Everton pressed forward after the break and Stout did well to prevent an own goal from Schroder, who had deflected a Lindsay Johnson cross.

Moments later, Longhurst had a great chance to score her second goal of the evening but she slipped somewhat and shot over the bar.

And there was further drama late on, Gemma Davison almost wrapping up the victory for Liverpool, only to be foiled by a brilliant save from Rachel Brown-Finnis, before Parris shot wide from close range at the other end when given an opportunity to bag a late equaliser.

Liverpool manager Matt Beard said: “It was a typical derby.

“I have to give Everton credit because it was a fantastic match to be involved in, very hard-fought.

“The league is really tight and there are a lot more quality teams now.”

Elsewhere, Yuki Ogimi and Ji So-Yun were on target for Chelsea as they beat Arsenal 2-1 in a London derby.

Ogimi opened the scoring with a great goal after 49 minutes, expertly chipping the ball over Emma Byrne from the edge of the box after latching on to an Eniola Aluko pass.

The goal scorer was then body checked on the edge of the box after 63 minutes by Niamh Fahey and So-Yun stepped up to curl a delightful free-kick around the wall and into the net.

Kelly Smith pulled one back two minutes later, converting a penalty after a handball from a corner, but Chelsea held on for the win despite the late dismissal of Gilly Flaherty, who picked up her second yellow card in stoppage-time for dissent.

At Damson Park, Emily Westwood scored the key goal as Birmingham avenged last Sunday’s 5-0 FA WSL Continental Cup loss to Bristol Academy with a 2-1 win over the same opponents.

The league leaders took the lead after 11 minutes when Karen Carney found the top corner with a superb free-kick.

And they doubled the lead ten minutes after the break, Jo Potter drawing the goalkeeper before setting up an easy finish for makeshift striker Westwood, who normally plays at centre-back.

Bristol pulled one back when a Laura del Rio free-kick was flicked into her own net by Hannah George but they could not manage an equaliser.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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