Liverpool 2 – 0 Lewes
An own goal in the first half and a header from Meikayla Moore in the second half saw the Rooks lose 2-0 against Liverpool.
The Reds dominated the early possession and had the first chances of the game as Lewes struggled to get out of their own half.
The hosts soon made the Rooks pay as they scored the opening goal on five minutes. A corner was swung into the Lewes area by Ceri Holland and the ball came off a Lewes defender to end up in the net.
The Rooks looked for a quick response after the goal. Good play between Ini Umotong and Mollie Rouse resulted in a corner. The first corner was headed behind by a Liverpool defender and the second was cleared away.
On 18 minutes, it looked as though Umotong had brought the game level as she found the net. However, the flag was raised for offside against the Lewes striker.
Only a minute later, Umotong went close again. Niamh Fahey made a mistake at the back and Umotong was quick to jump on the error, but she fired narrowly wide of the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool had another chance on 38 minutes as Ellie Hack was forced to play the ball behind for a corner. Tatiana Saunders did well to palm the ball away from her goal and the follow-up shot deflected wide of the Lewes ‘keeper’s net.
With only three minutes of the half left, Lewes had a corner which dropped in the box. Georgia Timms, Sophie O’Rourke and Rhian Cleverly all had shots blocked. The ball eventually deflected behind and the Rooks were claiming for a penalty, but the referee waved away appeals and pointed for a corner.
The Rooks started the second half well and Umotong almost sent Lucy Ashworth-Clifford through on goal, only to see her pass intercepted by Moore.
However, on 55 minutes, the Reds doubled their lead. A quick free-kick allowed the ball to be played down the wing and a cross came in from Ashley Hodson, which was headed in by Moore.
14 minutes later, Emma Jones did well to control the ball inside the Liverpool penalty area but couldn’t get her shot away. Umotong then saw her shot well blocked by the Reds defender.
Another chance fell to Jones on the edge of the area. This time her shot went wide of the goal.
There were few chances for either side going into the closing stages and the referee soon blew the whistle for full-time, ending Lewes’ unbeaten run.
Liverpool: Foster, Roberts, Fahey (C), Hinds, Moore, Bailey, Jane (Lawley 60), Holland (Kearns 65), Hodson, Furness (Rodgers 80), Linnett
Subs not used: Heeps, Robe, Thestrup, Parry
Goals: Own goal 7, Moore 55
Lewes: Saunders, Boswell, Hack (Savva 62), Cleverly (C), Cousins, O’Rourke, Rouse (Lane 75), Mackey (Leek 75), Timms (Jones 62), Umotong (Jhamat 83), Ashworth Clifford
Subs not used: Quayle, Rood
Yellow card: O’Rourke 32