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Liverpool 0 Birmingham City 4 (Susi 23, Williams pen 38,53,pen 90)
Rachel Williams fired a hat-trick as Birmingham City crushed Liverpool at Skelmersdale to stay top of The FA WSL.
The impressive Blues outclassed the Reds as they sealed their second successive 4-0 victory as Dunia Susi's deflected strike and Williams' penalty before half time put Birmingham on course for victory. The in-form Williams struck twice more after the break to complete a miserable week for Liverpool who were dumped out of the FA Women's Cup in the semi finals by Bristol Academy on Sunday.
Birmingham, fresh from their 4-0 mauling of Bristol in the opening match of the season, looked sharp from the first whistle. Susi and Jade Moore both saw efforts fly over the bar in the opening seven minutes before Karen Carney's flick trickled the wrong side of the post.
But David Parker's side took a deserved 23rd-minute lead midway through the first half when England's Susi cut in from the left and her shot clipped Sam Chappell and looped over Andrea Worrall in the Liverpool goal.
Worrall then blocked Williams' effort following a goalmouth scramble and Carney came within inches of doubling the visitors' lead when she hit the bar. The chances continued to flow as Birmingham piled forward and Emily Westwood headed over a superb opportunity from Williams' cross.
But the Blues finally added the second goal their dominance merited seven minutes before half time when Westwood was brought down in the penalty area by Reds captain Vicky Jones and Williams coolly slotted home the resulting spot kick.
Williams headed wide another great chance at the start of the second half but she made no mistake on 53 minutes when she ran onto Westwood's pass to make it three.
Carney, Williams and substitute Isobel Christiansen all went close to a fourth but Liverpool showed tremendous resilience not to capitulate.
Then Williams completed a fine individual display with her second penalty - and fifth goal of the fledgling season - after Cheryl Foster was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area in the fifth minute of injury time.
Liverpool: Andrea Worrall, Vicky Jones, Sam Chappell, Nikki Twohig, Caroline Charlton, Kelly Jones (sub Cheryl Foster 59mins), Suzanne Lappin, Lynda Shepherd, Michelle Evans (sub Carmel Bennett 83mins), Gemma Watson (sub Katie Brusell 59mins), Ruesha Littlejohn. Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons.
Birmingham City: Marie Hourihan, Chelsea Weston, Kerys Harrop, Sally Stanton, Laura Bassett, Dunia Susi (sub Maria Ballard 82mins), Jo Potter, Jade Moore (sub Isobel Christiansen 61mins), Karen Carney, Rachel Williams, Emily Westwood (sub Heather Scheuber 74mins). Subs not used: Jess Wright, Laura Watts.
Report by TheFA.com
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