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Liverpool Women 1-0 West Ham United Women: Reds win despite 'goal' controversy

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How was this not a goal for Liverpool Women?

Liverpool beat West Ham United in the Women's Super League despite controversially being denied a goal.

The Reds thought they had taken the lead when Laura Coombs' strike appeared to cross the line after bouncing down off the underside of the crossbar.

The officials did not give it, but after the break the hosts eventually went ahead when Courtney Sweetman-Kirk tucked in from Coombs' low cross.

It saw eighth-placed Liverpool go level on points with seventh-placed West Ham.

The decisive moment came when Coombs got in behind the Hammers' defence and crossed well for Sweetman-Kirk to net her seventh WSL goal of the season, and her first on home turf.

West Ham were denied an equaliser by two excellent saves from Reds goalkeeper Anke Preuss, the first from Leanne Kiernan's effort and the second from Alisha Lehmann's curler.

Those saves ensured Sweetman-Kirk's third goal in four matches was enough for Liverpool's second straight win, and their second home league victory of the campaign.

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

  • 1Preuss
  • 44Murray
  • 6Bradley
  • 12Little
  • 3Robe
  • 5Fahey
  • 10MurraySubstituted forRodgersat 90+7'minutes
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forRobertsat 75'minutes
  • 8Coombs
  • 9Sweetman-Kirk
  • 24LinnettSubstituted forBabajideat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 18Kitching
  • 19Rodgers
  • 20Babajide
  • 23Purfield
  • 29Thomas

West Ham Women

  • 13Moorhouse
  • 2Percival
  • 5FlahertyBooked at 52mins
  • 18Reichardt
  • 3Simon
  • 12LonghurstBooked at 78minsSubstituted forKmitaat 90+6'minutes
  • 20Cho
  • 15VisalliSubstituted forSampsonat 86'minutes
  • 7Lehmann
  • 9Ross
  • 19LeonSubstituted forKiernanat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Spencer
  • 8Kiernan
  • 14Sampson
  • 16Kmita
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
186

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamWest Ham Women
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Amy Rodgers replaces Christie Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Rosie Kmita replaces Kate Longhurst.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) because of an injury.

Foul by Ria Percival (West Ham United Women FC).

Christie Murray (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Gilly Flaherty (West Ham United Women FC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cho So-Hyun with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United Women FC. Conceded by Leighanne Robe.

Attempt missed. Lucienne Reichardt (West Ham United Women FC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Vyan Sampson replaces Brianna Visalli.

Corner, West Ham United Women FC. Conceded by Anke Preuss.

Attempt saved. Alisha Lehmann (West Ham United Women FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kate Longhurst.

Lucienne Reichardt (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christie Murray (Liverpool Women).

Attempt blocked. Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, West Ham United Women FC. Conceded by Anke Preuss.

Attempt saved. Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United Women FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucienne Reichardt.

Erin Simon (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leandra Little (Liverpool Women).

Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women).

Hand ball by Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women).

Booking

Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC).

Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Rhiannon Roberts replaces Yana Daniels.

Attempt missed. Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yana Daniels.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Rinsola Babajide replaces Kirsty Linnett.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Leanne Kiernan replaces Adriana Leon.

Foul by Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC).

Christie Murray (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alisha Lehmann (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women).

Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christie Murray (Liverpool Women).

Attempt missed. Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women FC) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brianna Visalli.

Attempt saved. Cho So-Hyun (West Ham United Women FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ria Percival (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1410404083234
2Arsenal Women13110250113933
3Chelsea Women148422291328
4B'ham City Women149141912728
5Bristol City Women136341316-321
6Reading Women135351818018
7West Ham Women145181927-816
8Liverpool Women145181122-1116
9Brighton Women142210931-228
10Everton Ladies12138723-166
11Yeovil Town Ladies131012839-313
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