Liverpool 1-1 Bristol City: Roman Haug earns a point
Sophie Roman Haug earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw against a gallant Bristol City in the Women’s Super League at Prenton Park.
The visitors, bottom of the table, gave as good as they got and opened the scoring five minutes into the second half when Amalie Thestrup turned home from close range.
But that woke the home side up and an increased level of urgency saw them level when Roman Haug headed home in the 57th minute.
Liverpool had the first real opportunity when Kerry Holland burst through and laid the ball back to Taylor Hinds, but she fired a tame shot wide.
Holland then tried to play in Shanice van de Sanden but she overhit the through-ball and goalkeeper Liv Clark was able to gather.
Liverpool continued to enjoy the better of the rare opportunities in the game and Van de Sanden escaped down the left but her cross was too close to Clark, who was able to gather at the second attempt.
A long ball forward from Ella Powell created confusion in the Liverpool defence but Naomi Layzell could only prod wide.
Bristol City were growing into the game and another long punt upfield from Megan Connolly found Layzell but she saw her shot blocked for a corner.
Roman Haug sent a weak header at Clark as first-half chances were at a premium.
The deadlock was broken five minutes after the break when Thestrup scored her fifth goal of the season against her former club.
Another testing ball into the box was only half-cleared and fell to Abi Harrison who drove goalwards where Thestrup was well positioned to turn the ball into the net.
Van de Sanden drove wide for Liverpool but moments later they were level.
Hinds got free down the left and her inviting ball into the box was turned home from Roman Haug from six yards.
The long ball forward was City’s most potent weapon and another picked out Harrison but Teagan Micah was alert to make a smart save at her near post.
As the clock wound down, Thestrup sent an inviting cross across the face of goal with three black shirts hovering but no-one could find the vital touch to turn home.
Mari Ward then fired over from distance for the visitors before Melissa Lawley weaved her way into the box for Liverpool but could not pick out a team-mate.
Missy Bo Kearns almost won it at the death as her 25-yard effort was superbly turned around a post by Clark as both teams had to settle for a point.