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🔎 Miss Kick Match Preview: Liverpool vs City Women (A)

All you need to know ahead of City Women’s Championship match-up with the Liverpool at Prenton Park.

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LOOKING BACK

Bristol City Women 2-1 Lewes FC Women

Lauren Smith’s side picked up their first points of the season in front of 500+ supporters at the Robins High Performance Centre last Sunday as goals from Abi Harrison and Simran Jhamat lifted City to a 2-1 victory over Lewes FC Women.

City had trailed thanks to a powerful strike from Ini Umotong but the new-look Robins showcased their ‘resilience’, as described by Head Coach Lauren Smith to come from behind and win.

After an opening day defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, the Robins needed a response and the character shown by the young group will fill Smith and supporters alike with confidence as they prepare to take on league-giants Liverpool.


OUR OPPONENTS

Looking across the pitch and towards the touchline there will familiar face aplenty in the Liverpool ranks.

Matt Beard has returned to the helm for the Reds after sevens seasons away, which most recently included a six-month spell with Bristol City in 2020/21 as the club narrowly missed out on safety on the last day of the season.

His move to the red side of Liverpool also coincided with a number of City players making the journey north as Jasmine Matthews, Yana Daniels and Carla Humphrey all now wear the red of Liverpool after departing this summer.

Much like City, Liverpool didn’t have the start to the campaign they desired after an opening day defeat at home to London City Lionesses. Rianna Jarrett converted from the spot to prevent a perfect start on Beard’s homecoming.

Round two saw Liverpool travel to newly promoted Watford FC Women. A 20-minute blitz saw the Reds lead the Hornets 3-0 and seemingly set for a smooth afternoon, thanks to Missy Bo-Kearns’ opener and a double for Rianna Dean.

Anne Meiwald and Helen Ward pulled two goals back for the Hornets to set up tense finish at Vicarage Road but Liverpool would hold on to claim all three points.

The round three tie is finely poised with both sides mirroring each other in wins, losses as well as goal difference.

LIVERPOOL PROFILE

  • Formed: 1989
  • Stadium: Prenton park
  • Nickname: The Reds
  • Manager: Matt Beard
  • Finished last season 3rd (39 points)

Honours:

FA Women’s Super League (2013 & 2014), FA Women’s Premier League North (2003/04, 2006/07, 2009/10)



👀 ONE TO WATCH

Dean bagged a brace on her first start for Liverpool (Getty)

This summer has seen a lot of change for the two sides that are set to meet at Prenton Park. Beard has brought in eight new faces who will look to spearhead his side to their goal of promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League after a two-season absence.

Of the eight new faces, one is in fine form – Rianna Dean. The forward arrived this summer from WSL outfit Tottenham Hotspur, with Beard complimenting his new arrival as a ‘proven goalscorer’ in the Championship and last week she certainly lived up to the tag. 

Dean came into the starting line-up at Vicarage Road and seized her opportunity with both hands bagging twice inside the first half. She’ll be hungry for more and the City backline will have to be wary.


🎟 TICKET 

City supporters that are looking to make the journey north to Prenton Park will need to make sure they purchase their tickets in advance as there will be no ‘pay on the gate’ tickets available.

Adult tickets are priced at £6 and £4 for concessions.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

There will no stream available for this fixture, but supporters can keep up to date with all the action via City Women social channels.

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