Liverpool FC Women drew 2-2 with London City Lionesses on Sunday at Prenton Park in their final game of the season.
The Reds held a two goal advantage at one stage before being pegged back and forced to settle for a share of the spoils. Although a disappointing scoreline, Liverpool ended the campaign strongly with an eight game unbeaten run.
The result, coupled with Durham’s 7-1 thrashing of Coventry on the final day however, saw Amber Whiteley’s side finish third in the final standings, three points behind the Wildcats having amassed 39 points from their 20 league games this season.
In her final game in charge, interim boss Amber Whiteley made two changes to the starting lineup. One of those was enforced, with Rachel Laws replacing the injured Rylee Foster, who was hurt after saving a last minute penalty against Sheffield United last weekend, in goal.
Taylor Hinds was able to start the game after her red card against the Blades was rescinded, whilst Becky Jane was preferred to Melissa Lawley on the right flank.
Lawley dropped to a threadbare bench alongside Eleanor Heeps and youngster Lucy Parry with Rachel Furness a long term casualty and the likes of Ceri Holland, Jade Bailey and Ashley Hodson also seemingly missing through injury.
The Reds started the game brightly, and Kirsty Linnett had the first chance of the game. Amy Rodgers got to the byline and cut the ball back to the striker, who fired over the crossbar from close range when she should really have hit the target.
Skipper Niamh Fahey then had a good opportunity to break the deadlock, but she couldn’t direct her header on target after Taylor Hinds had lifted the ball into the back post. Liverpool eventually took the lead two minutes before the interval, after a well crafted team move.
Linnett sprayed the ball wide to Amalie Threstrup on the left and she drove into the area before picking out Becky Jane, who had ghosted between two defenders before guiding an effort into the far corner.
The Reds squandered the chance to double their advantage early in the second period when Linnett shot straight down the throat of Shae Yangez after some patient build up play involving Fahey and Jane.
The second goal Liverpool craved arrived on 56 minutes, courtesy of Amy Rodgers, on her 50th appearance for the club. She latched on to Rhiannon Roberts cross from the right, taking a touch before dispatching a low drive into the bottom corner to give the Reds a two goal cushion.
The Lionesses failed to wilt however and began their comeback on 68 minutes. Lucy Fitzgerald halved the deficit, as Laws was only able to palm the initial header from Lily Agg into Fitzgerald’s path and she reacted quickest to prod home from close range.Embed from Getty Images
Roberts headed over from Kearns corner soon after, before the Scouser saw her tame sliding effort gathered by Yangez, after getting on the end of substitute Lawley’s cross as Liverpool aimed to restore their two goal cushion.
They were then dealt a cruel blow when London City equalised moments after Kearns’ chance and with just nine minutes remaining. Agg met an inviting cross from the left and glanced home past a helpless Laws to ensure the points were shared on Merseyside.
It caps the end of what has been an up and down season for the Reds. They will be hoping the imminent announcement of a new manager ahead of pre-season can help stabilise the club whilst the return of fans in the autumn should also help spur a sustained promotion push.
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