Williams strike secures win for Birmingham as Everton also win

By Tony Leighton Women's football correspondent
Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams scored Birmingham's winner

A last minute Rachel Williams goal gave Women's Super League leaders Birmingham City a 3-2 win at Bristol Academy.

Bristol had come from behind to lead 2-1, but Chelsea Weston equalised two minutes from time and Williams snatched victory with seconds to spare.

England striker Natasha Dowie scored as Everton a 1-0 win against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

The Toffees had failed to record a win in their first six WSL outings but have now won three in a row to move third.

Bristol Academy 2-3 Birmingham City

Attendance 867

Maz Ballard gave Birmingham a great start, forcing the ball home after goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain had blocked England winger Karen Carney's fifth minute shot.

Bristol created but wasted several first half chances to equalise, but they drew level when Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock converted Helen Bleazard's 70th minute cross.

A home victory looked on the cards when striker Ann-Marie Heatherson headed home another Bleazard cross with 11 minutes left on the clock.

But when an 88th minute corner was only half cleared, Weston pounced to drive in the equaliser.

And as the game moved into stoppage time Williams raced clear to lob Chamberlain for her ninth goal in nine appearances to snatch a vital victory.

Everton 1-0 Liverpool

Attendance 1,135

The WSL's third four-figure crowd of its inaugural season was in attendance as Everton continued their resurgence.

Dowie scored the all-important goal on the half-hour, nipping in front of defender Nicky Jones to turn in a cross from winger Toni Duggan.

More goals could and should have gone Everton's way but they failed to capitalise on their dominance, partly due to some fine work by goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons.

At the other end England keeper Rachel Brown was rarely troubled, her most difficult save coming from a shot by striker Cheryl Foster in the closing stages.