Doncaster Rovers Belles all but relegated after Liverpool defeat

Players of Doncaster Rovers Belles react after the WSL1 defeat to Liverpool Ladies. (Photo by Nigel Roddis - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
Players of Doncaster Rovers Belles react after the WSL1 defeat to Liverpool Ladies. (Photo by Nigel Roddis - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Doncaster Rovers Belles are all but relegated after Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Pointless and bottom-of-the-table Belles impressed in the first half hour and deserved to be ahead through Rhiannon Roberts’ header from Emily Simpkins’ free-kick with 20 minutes gone.

But two superb strikes from Caroline Weir before half time and Natasha Harding’s third 20 minutes from time completed the scoring.

Belles are now nine points adrift at the foot of the FAWSL1 table with three games to play and a much inferior goal difference to their closest rivals.

Belles started the game well and Roberts’ header was deserved, as the defender got herself on the end of Simpkins’ set piece.

Liverpool struggled to get a foothold but started to take over as Shanice van de Sanden began to find space down the right-hand side, but it was Weir who took control of the match.

Her first goal saw the midfielder curl an effort around Anna Moorhouse before her second from range was a contender for goal of the season.

Liverpool remained in control of the match after the break but took until the 72nd minute to wrap things up when Harding scored a near identical effort to the one that was the difference between the sides in Widnes earlier in the season.

Belles: Moorhouse, Roberts, Tierney, Little, Barker, Lipka (O’Donnell 80), Simpkins, Rayner (Murray 59), Omarsdottir, Bakowska-Mathews, Humphrey. Subs not used: Hobbs, Mosby, Newborough.

*Sheffield FC Ladies were made to rue missed chances as they were held 1-1 at Millwall Lionesses in FAWSL2.

Emma Johnson gave them the lead after Jodie Michalska’s shot hit the bar. Sheffield hit the bar three more times in the first half through Michalska, Johnson and Emma Lipton and thought they had doubled the lead on the hour when Rhema Lord-Mears hit the bar and appeared to bounce over the line. But the referee ruled it hadn’t and Millwall equalised with Ashlee Hincks chip a minute later.

Sheffield: Draycott, Jackson, Lipman, Murphy, Gilliatt, Ward (Jones 80), Dale, McCue, Michalska, Lord-Mears (Hansomn 65), Johnson.

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