Durham Women saw their Continental Cup hopes end – despite a spirited second half display at Liverpool.
A Rinsola Babajide brace and Niamh Charles’ strike saw the Reds in command at the break, but Molly Sharpe’s strike reduced the deficit in the second half – but a late siege came to no avail.
The Prenton Park pitch passed an afternoon pitch inspection ahead of the game, but the conditions still proved testing on Merseyside as rain teemed down ahead of kick-off.
That didn’t deter Liverpool from starting on the front foot though, and they took a deserved lead on nine minutes when Babajide sent a shot arching into the top corner.
Durham pressed forward after falling behind with Danielle Cox – making her full debut – sending a shot narrowly over.
Sharpe then saw an effort parried by Fran Kitching after cutting inside, before Megan Borthwick made a similarly smart stop at the other end.
But it would be two just after the half hour after a quick set piece saw Babajide freed, and she fired into the top corner.
The winger then turned provider moments later as Liverpool got their third – Charles tapping home at the far post.
Durham looked much-improved after the break though, with Megan Bell testing Kitching early on and Kathryn Hill seeing a goal-bound flick held.
A deserved goal would come just before the hour though, as Sharpe sent a header soaring home after a Bell cross.
Sharpe then sent an effort narrowly wide before substitute Holly Manders saw her shot on the spin hacked off the line.
There would be no late drama though, despite a spirited effort from the Wildcats – who now exit the Continental Cup.


Liverpool W vs Durham W


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Date Time League Season Full Time
December 11, 2019 6:30 pm Continental Tyres League Cup 2019_2020 0'


Prenton Park
Prenton Road West, Egerton Park, Oxton Village, Wirral, North West England, England, CH42 9PN, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Liverpool W303Win
Durham W011Loss

Durham W

2Kathryn Hill Defender
6Sarah Robson Midfielder
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
13Megan Borthwick Goalkeeper
16Ellie Christon Defender
21Hannah Greenwood 15 Defender
8Molly Sharpe 9 Forward
9Nicki Gears 8 Forward
10Iris Acherthoff Forward
11Megan Bell 12 Midfielder
12Holly Manders 11 Midfielder
15Danielle Cox 21 Defender
24Abby Holmes Defender
25Julia Weithofer Forward