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Yeovil Town Ladies 1-2 Liverpool Women: Courtney Sweetman-Kirk scores winner

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk in action for Liverpool
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's winner came in the third minute of stoppage time

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's acrobatic stoppage time winner ended Liverpool's seven-game winless league run and dented Yeovil Town's survival hopes.

The Reds took a first-half lead through Sweetman-Kirk's penalty, after Yana Daniels was brought down by Yeovil keeper Megan Walsh.

After half-time, Emily Donovan fired in a clinical equaliser after latching on to Annie Heatherson's through ball.

Both sides pushed to win it before the Reds striker hooked in late on.

Liverpool substitute Leandra Little almost put Liverpool in front before Sweetman-Kirk's second, but her powerful strike was tipped over the bar by Walsh.

The dramatic late winner saw Vicky Jepson's eighth-placed visitors move 10 points clear of danger.

Yeovil, who have lost seven straight games in all competitions since their only win of the season so far - November's 1-0 victory over Everton - are now three points adrift of the Toffees.

But the bottom two sides - Yeovil and 10th-placed Everton - both have a game in hand on their relegation rivals.

Yeovil defender Nicola Cousins told BBC Sport:

"It's hard to take but that's the best performance we've had as a squad, collectively. We had most of the possession.

"It's happened in the last few moments of the game. It's fine margins.

"We're so close but yet so far when it comes to points, but we have to keep believing. We'll keep grafting. One win and we'll be back in it."

Liverpool's match-winner Courtney Sweetman-Kirk told BBC Sport:

"It's always nice to score important goals but I must admit I'd have rather we'd done it with a less tense atmosphere, going a couple of goals up in the first half.

"But the most important thing was to get a win. We'd been on a bad run. The fact that we ground this out was a good thing.

"We've been through a lot, but the one constant has been our attitude and our togetherness. We all have confidence in each other. There is no squabbling on the pitch and we got the job done in the end."

Line-ups

Yeovil Town Ladies

  • 1WalshBooked at 27mins
  • 15BuxtonSubstituted forMasonat 57'minutes
  • 6Short
  • 5Cousins
  • 3AlexanderBooked at 30mins
  • 9HeathersonSubstituted forFischerat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Evans
  • 8Horwood
  • 14Donovan
  • 26BloomfieldSubstituted forGoddardat 89'minutes
  • 7Fergusson

Substitutes

  • 2Goddard
  • 12Mason
  • 17Fischer
  • 19Piggott
  • 23Howard
  • 24Wood
  • 25Lambe

Liverpool Women

  • 1Preuss
  • 44MurrayBooked at 42mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 2Matthews
  • 3Robe
  • 10MurraySubstituted forFaheyat 79'minutes
  • 19RodgersSubstituted forLittleat 83'minutes
  • 7Clarke
  • 8Coombs
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forJhamatat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Sweetman-Kirk

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 5Fahey
  • 12Little
  • 22Jhamat
  • 24Linnett
Referee:
Marc Whaley
Attendance:
984

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovil Town LadiesAway TeamLiverpool Women
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 1, Liverpool Women 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 1, Liverpool Women 2.

Corner, Yeovil Town Ladies. Conceded by Leighanne Robe.

Attempt blocked. Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Simran Jhamat (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women).

Emily Donovan (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town Ladies 1, Liverpool Women 2. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Sophie Bradley (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Olivia Fergusson (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Attempt missed. Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

Attempt blocked. Bonnie Horwood (Yeovil Town Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ellie Mason.

Foul by Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women).

Monique Fischer (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town Ladies. Monique Fischer replaces Ann-Marie Heatherson.

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Megan Walsh.

Attempt saved. Leandra Little (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town Ladies. Amy Goddard replaces Erin Bloomfield.

Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bonnie Horwood (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Foul by Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women).

Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Niamh Fahey.

Attempt blocked. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ann-Marie Heatherson.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Leandra Little replaces Amy Rodgers.

Attempt blocked. Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Niamh Fahey.

Offside, Yeovil Town Ladies. Megan Walsh tries a through ball, but Olivia Fergusson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Niamh Fahey replaces Christie Murray.

Offside, Liverpool Women. Christie Murray tries a through ball, but Laura Coombs is caught offside.

Dangerous play by Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Liverpool Women).

Megan Alexander (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simran Jhamat (Liverpool Women).

Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Courtney Sweetman-Kirk with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Amy Rodgers (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Laura Coombs.

Attempt missed. Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Laura Coombs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Megan Alexander.

Attempt missed. Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Erin Bloomfield following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women139403782931
2Arsenal Women12100247113630
3Chelsea Women138412061428
4B'ham City Women138141610625
5Reading Women125341815318
6Bristol City Women125341115-418
7West Ham Women135171926-716
8Liverpool Women134181022-1213
9Brighton Women13229928-198
10Everton Ladies12138723-166
11Yeovil Town Ladies121011737-303
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