Birmingham crush Liverpool to lead Women's Super League

By Tony LeightonWomen's football correspondent
Rachel Williams
Williams bags her third goal and second penalty to send Birmingham top

Rachel Williams hit a hat-trick as Birmingham City hammered Liverpool 4-0 to establish themselves as the new Women's Super League pacesetters.

Former Doncaster Belles midfielder Williams, converted to a striker by Blues, made it five goals in two games.

Her three goals followed a brace in the recent 4-0 win against Bristol Academy.

Everton had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Doncaster Belles, with Natasha Dowie hitting the equaliser just as she did against Liverpool just last week.

Liverpool 0-4 Birmingham City

Winger Dunia Susi opened the scoring in the 21st minute of a one-sided affair played in front of 341 spectators at Skelmersdale FC.

Williams doubled the visitors' advantage from a 35th-minute penalty then effectively wrapped up victory with her second goal of the night eight minutes after the break.

The 23-year-old completed the scoring with a last-minute penalty to hand Liverpool a second drubbing in three days after their 3-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Bristol.

Everton 1-1 Doncaster Rovers Belles

Everton have been used to slugging it out with Arsenal for the Premier League title but are finding it difficult to make the transition to the Super League.

At their home ground of Marine FC and with 230 fans in attendance, the Toffees started slowly and were a goal down after four minutes though Precious Hamilton.

It took a half-time tongue-lashing from manager Mo Marley to get them into gear, and they were much improved after the interval.

Dowie, who was outstanding on the night, cut inside to equalise with an angled shot into the roof of the net on the hour.

Further pressure forced Donny into clearing a couple of goal-bound efforts off the line, but the visitors held firm to collect a hard-earned point.

Rachel Williams
Williams bags her third goal from the spot