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Liverpool 2-0 West Ham: Dominant Reds claim first WSL win since opening day

By Ben MillerBBC Sport

Liverpool claimed their first win since the opening day of the Women's Super League season as Ceri Holland and Katie Stengel gave the Reds victory at home to West Ham.

Holland capitalised on defensive uncertainty to prod in the opener before Stengel's expert finish doubled the hosts' lead after 20 minutes.

West Ham struggled to escape their own territory at times, with Liverpool dominating possession and chances to mark captain Niamh Fahey's 100th appearance for the club in style.

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The Reds could have gone further ahead when Holland and Stengel went close in quick succession following a mistake by West Ham goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Australia international Arnold atoned for her error with an acrobatic save to deny Holland a second and an alert stop to push Yana Daniels' late header over the crossbar.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir went closest for West Ham as her deflected strike was beaten away by home keeper Rachael Laws in the closing stages.

The victory moved Liverpool into ninth, a point above Brighton and Reading and eight clear of bottom side Leicester.

West Ham's second successive away defeat meant they remained below fifth-placed Aston Villa on goal difference.

Stengel strikes again in Reds' resurgence

Despite losing five times on their seven-match winless run since shocking Chelsea in September, there was a sense this victory had been coming during Liverpool's recent performances.

The return to fitness of Shanice van de Sanden has proved pivotal in her second spell after rejoining the club in the summer, starting when the Netherlands legend scored one and set up another to rescue a 3-3 draw at Brighton two weeks ago.

Liverpool were twice ahead after Van de Sanden's first start of the season at Reading four days later, and the three-time Women's Champions League winner was highly influential again in an assured team display here.

Forward Stengel was equally important, producing a precise low finish to take her tally to six of Liverpool's 11 goals in the WSL this season.

With bottom side Leicester the visitors for their final game before the end of the year, the Reds will now be confident of successive wins and targeting the top half of the table.

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Laws
  • 5Fahey
  • 25Flaherty
  • 28CampbellSubstituted forDanielsat 80'minutes
  • 2Koivisto
  • 18Holland
  • 6Matthews
  • 12HindsSubstituted forRobertsat 87'minutes
  • 19van de SandenSubstituted forKearnsat 62'minutes
  • 24Stengel
  • 11Lawley

Substitutes

  • 3Robe
  • 4Roberts
  • 7Kearns
  • 8Wardlaw
  • 10Furness
  • 17Humphrey
  • 20Daniels
  • 21Cumings
  • 34Silcock

West Ham Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Arnold
  • 3Shimizu
  • 22Fisk
  • 12Longhurst
  • 2SmithSubstituted forKyvagat 65'minutes
  • 10Brynjarsdóttir
  • 4Stringer
  • 19Hayashi
  • 7Evans
  • 26Asseyi
  • 11AtkinsonSubstituted forCissokoat 32'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Walker
  • 17Filis
  • 20Kyvag
  • 23Cissoko
  • 28Hillyerd
  • 33Houssein
  • 41Flannery
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
1,075

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamWest Ham Women
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home24
Away3
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool Women 2, West Ham United Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 2, West Ham United Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Honoka Hayashi (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool Women).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from long range on the right is just a bit too high. Assisted by Katie Stengel.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women).

  7. Post update

    Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Rhiannon Roberts replaces Taylor Hinds.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Mackenzie Arnold.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Melissa Lawley with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Kate Longhurst.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emma Koivisto (Liverpool Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Melissa Lawley.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ceri Holland (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emma Koivisto.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Thea Kyvag.

  15. Post update

    Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lisa Evans (West Ham United Women).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Yana Daniels replaces Megan Campbell.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Viviane Asseyi (West Ham United Women).

  19. Post update

    Rachael Laws (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dagny Brynjarsdóttir (West Ham United Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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2Man Utd Women87012351821
3Arsenal Women87012141721
4Man City Women86022091118
5Aston Villa Women84041215-312
6West Ham Women94051318-512
7Tottenham Women73041112-19
8Everton Women8305710-39
9Liverpool Women92251116-58
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