Women's Super League: Liverpool win at Bristol Academy to go top

By Tony LeightonWomen's football reporter
Women's Super League: Liverpool go top courtesy of late winner

A spectacular late goal by captain Gemma Bonner gave Liverpool a 4-3 win at Bristol Academy.

Bonner's 25-yard drive four minutes from time earned the Reds three points and saw them regain top spot on goal difference from Academy.

A Sarah Quantrill own goal gave the home side the lead but the Reds went 3-1 up through Louise Fors, Katrin Omarsdottir and Nicole Rolser.

Laura Del Rio and Natalia levelled before Bonner's strike won it.

The stunning late goal ended in style what had been a disappointing week for the Reds.

They had lost to Arsenal in the league and in midweek to Lincoln on penalties in the semi-final of the Continental Cup.

And the fates seemed to be conspiring against them again when Quantrill unluckily put the ball into her own net after 20 minutes.

The keeper palmed out an Ann-Marie Heatherson header, but when the striker turned the ball back into the danger area Quantrill scuffed her intended clearance over the line.

Icelander Omarsdottir then fluffed a fine 24th-minute chance from eight yards but three minutes later the visitors drew level, Sweden international Fors striking home a spot-kick following a foul on Rolser.

And in first-half stoppage time the visitors edged ahead when Fors looped in a corner that German winger Rolser headed in from a yard out.

Omarsdottir then drilled a superb 20-yard drive in off the crossbar for Liverpool's third goal, 13 minutes into the second half.

But Bristol bounced back to hit two quick-fire goals. A poor goal-kick by Quantrill led to Natalia setting up fellow Spaniard Del Rio to shoot home from 12 yards, then Natalia met a low Natasha Harding cross to squeeze the ball in at the near post for the equaliser with more than 20 minutes left.

As the game moved into the closing stages both sides seemed to have settled for the draw - but then came Bonner's strike and an important win for the Reds.