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Good evening. This weekend marks the
halfway stage of the WSL one season
and it looks like a two horse race
for the title. Coming up, Manchester
City aim to maintain their momentum
with victory over Liverpool. Any
slip-up from Manchester City could
see Chelsea edged into pole position
with a win at Birmingham. We are
keeping up with the curtains as
daughter, Lucy, aims to follow in
the footsteps of her father, Chris.
Safe hands in the studio this
evening, welcome to my guests. We
begin with Manchester City who are
back at the Academy Stadium this
afternoon for the first time in
What a finish. Scores Axel super
So, could Manchester City preserve
their 100% home record in all
competitions this season when they
comes from Vicki Sparkes.
Manchester City do have injuries to
do it, no Steph Houghton or Karen
Bardsley. There are four changes
from their draw with Chelsea.
Liverpool are also missing players
and Siobhan Chamberlain and Casey
Stoney so 19-year-old goalkeeper,
Becky Flaherty, continues in goal.
Satara Murray comes in.
Jennifer Beattie, looking for the
run of Demi Stokes. Nadia Nadim is
in there. Abbie McManus, was looking
for Nadia Nadim again. Nadia Nadim,
looking danger is in these early
stages. Sophie Ingle's clearance
ricocheted right into the path of
Nikkita Parris. Manchester take the
lead and I don't think Nikita Parris
knew very much about that at all.
What an unlucky goal for Liverpool
to concede. Nikita Parris does
create it by closing down and Becky
Flaherty, scrambling. Can't reach
the ball before it rolls in.
Skipping past the
Skipping past the challenge of
Satara Murray. Nervously saved in
the end by Becky Flaherty, the
19-year-old. Perhaps mindful of the
early goal that crept in. Taking no
Breaks kindly for Nikita Parris,
against her England team-mate. Goes
down under the challenge of Caroline
Weir. It is a penalty to Manchester
City. Nikita Parris, the trickery
was too much in the end for
Liverpool. They make the challenge
and she wins the penalty. Izzy
Christiansen has scored five
penalties this season. Can she make
it six? Yes she can. Hi, into the
roof of the net.
roof of the net. She saved a penalty
in the last match against Arsenal.
Becky Flaherty, couldn't keep that
one out from Isobel Christiansen and
Manchester City have their second
goal. The penalty itself, not too
much apparent contact from Caroline
Weir, but not too many appeals from
her either, whether she felt by
going in she had given the referee
that decision to make.
that decision to make. England's top
scorer coming close to reducing the
deficit. Manchester City always
happy to go back and Bill from the
back. As they do with Keira Walsh.
Deflection, goes behind for a
corner. Claire Emslie with the
corner towards Nikita Parris. She
gets her second of the game.
Manchester City's third. She knew
about that one.
about that one. Her 11th of the
season in all competitions. Her
fifth in the league in nine
appearances, Nikita Parris is on
fire for Manchester City.
Nikita Parris, are on a hat-trick.
Putting Alex Greenwood under
pressure. Liverpool tidy up, but it
is back again by Manchester City.
Good block by Kate Longhurst, but
the ricochet takes the ball into the
Liverpool match. Becky Flaherty,
can't believe it. It is another goal
for Manchester City, another fortune
one, this time for Abbie McManus.
She doesn't know much about it. Kate
Longhurst's clearance, bounces into
her. 4-0 against Liverpool.
This shot wasn't too far away. It
will be a corner of Satara Murray.
Can Manchester City rubs salt in the
wounds of Liverpool?
Jans almost got on the end of that
Proud of the players because
we have spoke a lot about areas we
need to improve and areas we think
we can make sure we are more
dominant. I think today we were,
from start to finish but we
controlled the opponent for 90
minutes. We played some good stuff,
builder was exceptionally good.
came here with a game plan and it
went out of the window after
seconds. It is disappointing but it
is something we will as a group. It
set us a mountain to climb after 30
seconds. You are down to a team that
hasn't lost here for a long time and
that wasn't part of the plan.
even realise it gone in, I was
rubbing my face after it hit me.
Happy to get the win. She should be
happy, it was a comprehensive
victory for Manchester City. To say
it was a gift of an opener is an
It is one back gets
worse every time you watch it. It is
really unfortunate. Becky Flaherty
in goal, she makes the decision to
play out. Sophie Ingle gets the
ball, she sees pressure and she
should have given it back to the
goalkeeper, but she doesn't she
tries to chip it over.
To be fair to
Liverpool, they have some injury
setbacks at their own. Up until
half-time it was still only 1-0?
Three international players missing
for Liverpool makes a massive
difference. The depth of the
Liverpool squad is a huge. Those
three I think made a massive
difference, absolutely. But they
were resolute in the second half.
Scott Rogers mentioned there was no
game plan, there was, just after
been fortunate first goal.
been fortunate first goal. They
didn't offer too much up front. They
forced Manchester City into
uncomfortable possession. They can
pass the ball sideways, inside and
backwards and force them down the
lines as well. It did give the likes
of Nikita Parris joy down the wide,
but they were happy to defend those
crosses from Nikita Parris and to
limit Manchester City to 50-50
aerial battles in the box. They did
a great job in that first half,
discount the unlucky first goal.
Technically and tactically, they
were set up very well in the first
To be fair to them again it
was going pretty well up until the
disputable penalty decision. Was it
the right decision?
Weir goes to ground, you are making
it easy for the referee to make a
decision. Maybe she doesn't have the
defensive mentality, stay on your
feet and forced Nikita Parris to the
line and off the pitch. You don't
necessarily have to dive in. Nikkita
Parris skips past Alex Greenwood and
Alex Weir to ground.
goalkeeper, you are looking at your
forward player which Caroline Weir
is, and saying, don't go to ground,
don't dive in. She made easy for the
referee. But Isobel Christiansen
dispatch the penalty very well and
why she is one of Manchester City's
top scorers this season.
have had two big defeats, including
the defeat to you and Arsenal. They
have their strengths, but they have
some frailties defensively as well?
You look at their defeat in midweek,
four goals and four goals a game.
Your gifting goals to Manchester
City and Arsenal midweek. This is a
set piece you can work on in
training. Alex Greenwood doesn't
even get up the ground to challenge
Six yards out,
standing job as a defender, you give
yourself no chance. Poor defending.
This one, I think is unfortunate.
The overrunning lap from Abbie
McManus is excellent. She gets into
an attacking position but again, it
is a calamitous way the ball ends up
in the back of the net.
It was, but
somebody shone from Manchester City,
we heard from her before, Nikita
Parris. She was involved in all four
goals, what kind of a season is she
She is having a fantastic
season. She has this potential, but
we are seeing a maturity. When do I
take my player and down the line,
but when do I have to come back out
and link up. We are seeing her grow.
Wright, a win for Manchester City,
but what of their title rivals
Chelsea? They travelled to
Birmingham on Saturday wanting to
maintain their unbeaten run in the
COMMENTATOR: England international
Evan White. Onto Emma Foy less and
straight into the grateful arms of
Lindahl. Kirby winning possession
deep in Birmingham territory. Looks
pick out Dunn. She does not miss
from there. A poacher's finish for
Fran Kirby. The England
international with her 14th of the
season. A move she started, Dunn
blocked and Kirby fired the ball
under the legs of Ann-Katrin Berger.
Birmingham with the high defensive
line and they have been caught out.
Fran Kirby. Took too long and the
chance is gone. Ji So-Yun winning
the ball in midfield and finds a
colleague in the form of Drew
Spence. Driving at the Birmingham
defence. Onto Kirby, saved by
Williams into Chelsea territory down
the left flank,
the left flank, picking out Follis.
Shoot straight at Lindahl.
Shoot straight at Lindahl. Katie
Chapman, the captain, finds Crystal
Dunn. Looking for Cuthbert and slips
and Ji So-Yun, left footed. What a
strike! The South Korean with her
fifth of the season in all
competitions. What a sumptuous
strike it was, with the inside of
her left foot, over the top of the
Birmingham keeper. Ji So-Yun the
goal-scorer for Chelsea finds
Crystal Dunn. And finds Cuthbert.
Saved by the legs of Berger who
keeps it to two for Chelsea.
quite disappointed. Forget the
result, I am disappointed with the
performance that could have got a
better result. I think Chelsea with
their for the taking.
disappointed overall. We were
terrific, I think we played well.
Got a couple and could have got a
couple more but the first half we
were dominant, play gets football. I
think their keeper
think their keeper kept them in it
in the first half.
STUDIO: Another impressive
performance from Chelsea but what
about that finish from Ji?
technical ability is amazing. What
we are seeing from Ji, back at her
best. This topped off her
performance. She was outstanding. To
pick it out, top corner.
She is a
player who can do that. Asante
rejoining Chelsea and three clean
sheets. Were you surprised by her
I would not say
surprise, she has worked at Arsenal
and Chelsea. I do not see her in her
prime. But she brings a calmness. We
have played with her in the national
team. She has a calm presence. When
I look at MSAs, she has been there
since 2012 and they last won the
double in 2015 -- Emma Hayes. I
wonder when the pressure will come
back on her, she needs to win
silverware with all the signings and
We did see
silverware with all the signings and
We did see the
return of Ann-Katrin Berger. What a
story from a human level. Surgery
for thyroid cancer and back at this
And putting in a stunning
performance. From the football
community, to see what she has been
through and being vocal and open
about that. Her coach knows how she
has been determined to get back and
how hard she has worked to earn this
Three more games to
catch up on. Starting with Arsenal
who were looking to build on a
who were looking to build on a
midweek win at Liverpool with
victory over Yeovil Town.
COMMENTATOR: With Arsenal not beaten
in their last five matches it would
always be difficult for Yeovil and
with 37 minutes on the clock, Beth
Mead proved too much for the back
line and Danielle Carter finished
with her goal. Arsenal
with her goal. Arsenal came in with
consecutive wins. This time Beth
Mead picked the spot and made it
2-0. O'Reilly caused havoc in the
final third. Arsenal's pace
continued to create openings. A
great opportunity to make it three
for Carter and she made no mistake.
Into the last ten minutes. Jordan
Nobbs testing with this fierce free
kick. Beth Mead was in the right
place at the right time to give
Arsenal a deserved 4-0 win.
been a big week. It was a
We got the job
A wintry afternoon with the select
security stadium and Reading caught
cold after six minutes. A decisive
finish for her fifth goal of the
campaign. Reading won on penalties
when they met last month but Everton
looked bright from the outset. Chloe
Kelly refusing to let the attack
breakdown. Great tenacity and a
better strike for 2-0. It has been
three defeats and a draw for Reading
in 2018. Hope with this corner.
Rachel Furness halving the deficit.
After the break, another corner
caused problems and this time it was
Kelly's who forced a great save. The
second half saw good chances for
both sides. Brooke Chaplen's effort
beating the keeper but not the
inside of the post.
We have had too
many hard luck stories. We have
competed with the top teams but have
come away with a draw or losing by a
short margin but today we have won
and I think deservedly so. A
resolute second-half and outstanding
attacking play first half.
COMMENTATOR: Bristol are struggling
at the wrong end of the table. A win
against Sunderland would put them
both level on points but on ten
minutes Bridget Galloway had enough
space to turn an early cross into
the game's opened up. Sunderland's
last game was a 13-0 drubbing but
they would not have it easy today.
Headed in by Lauren Hemp for the
equaliser. Sunderland's set pieces
cause problems. A couple of efforts
before a long-range effort forced a
fine save. And before the hour,
another dead ball creating
difficulty in the Bristol area.
Nobody dealt with the free kick and
Bristol born Rachel Pitman made it
2-1. Another opportunity. Carla
Humphrey unlucky to see her effort
hit the bar. A memorable moment for
for Rachel Pitman who has been on
the sideline with a nasty injury. It
is her hometown and her family was
She got the winner.
STUDIO: That win moves Sunderland to
fifth. Arsenal remaining in touch.
You can set alerts on the BBC Sport
app. Doncaster winning at Durham.
Cementing their position at the top
of WSL 2 table.
Cementing their position at the top
of WSL 2 table. Interesting,
back-to-back wins for you this week.
Clean sheets. Let's get that in.
Ever the defender! What is life like
under the new coach Joe?
He is a
passionate coach and knows what a
job he has brought in to Arsenal. I
am pleased. Sometimes it is going
back to basics but we have young
players with a lot of talent but
they be back coaching and
organisation, patterns of play, and
Joe is giving them that. And we are
seeing Leah Williamson becoming more
aware of her positional awareness.
Beth Mead who can score, she has
more confidence in her play.
Danielle Carter is another.
enjoying him at the moment. An
impressive win for your side Everton
over Reading. No relegation this
season. You confident they can
compete with the league becomes
Relegation may been
something people associate with
Everton but they have gained
momentum. They are a young squad who
have turned professional. It has
taken them some months to get up to
speed. They are a force to be
As Rachel will
testify, goalkeepers are a unique
breed and hoping to follow in
Rachel's footsteps is a youngster, a
12-year-old wear football runs in
the family. We went to meet the
When did you first playing? I don't
know, I was watching my dad on the
telly and I started. You were about
eight. I was not good when I was
eight. You were not interested. I
was more interested... Mum was a
dancer and I had her dancing
abilities. I did not know who to
Who to choose! It was not
one or the other!
I think I
preferred dance and then went more
Your dad put a bet on
you to play for England before you
Have you done anything
I tried to get a bet on her
to play for England or Scotland. But
they did not get back and now she
has signed, there is probably not
much point. I will try to do it but
the odds will go down. My dad put it
on when I was 13 and he got 100-1.
If I had gone into the bookies, they
would have given us 1 million to
Seeing me at 13!
What made you want to be a
From an early age we
found out I was accident prone. It
is because I was throwing myself
about everywhere. I forget how big I
was. I was really tall. I would walk
into walls. I would run downstairs
and fall down stairs. I went in goal
in school. We have a concrete
playground. At one point, I dived on
the floor, forgetting it was
concrete and from that point I
thought I think I want to be
goalkeeper. I was fearless, I threw
myself on the floor and quite
I do not know why! Do
your friends say anything, like your
dad is Chris Kirkland?
When I went
into the juniors I realised why
people came up to me, saying your
dad is Chris Kirkland. I said, yes,
I live with him.
I live with him.
COMMENTATOR: A good
save by Kirkland.
Does she have the
attributes to be a top keeper?
think so, she has worked hard. Shot
is probably -- shot stopping is
probably her best attribute. She has
a lot to do. Since she has gone to
Liverpool, they tried to get them
playing out from the back and it is
new and she knows she has to work
hard at that. What about the setup?
Always have been a Liverpool fan so
it was special when she signed.
the hard work begins now.
What is it
like a training? Exciting. I am in
the car and I am going to train with
Liverpool. At first I was amazed. I
am getting better at being good with
my feet because my dad said you have
to be good with your feet to be a
goalkeeper these days. What was the
best goalkeeper you have faced?
Probably the German goalkeeper who
has now retired. Nadine. She is
imposing. When you go up against
her, you do not know which way. She
is big? A bit scary. Schmeichel.
What type of goalkeeper are you? I
like shot stopping. What do you
think about female goalkeepers?
is the toughest position on the
pitch. Very unforgiving. One mistake
and it will be in the back of the
net and the good ones make fewer
mistakes. It is the desire to
improve. The will to train hard. You
will make mistakes and it is how you
You must be proud?
You must be proud?
What is so hard, she has done it
herself. She is following in her
dad's footsteps, but she has got the
talent. She has got to have it and
she has worked hard. I just hope it
can continue for her.
What is your
dream, do you want to play in an FA
Cup final at Wembley for Liverpool?
Is that your dream? Yes, I want to
play in the World Cup one day and I
want to play at Wembley and
everything as well.
we go and have a little kick around.
This is the FA Cup final.
This is the winning penalty.
Quality. Absolute quality. This is
the big question, do you want to
represent England or Scotland? Oh
no, the pressure is on.
mum, but I will probably pick
Lucy has new fans here at the show.
If you want to start playing
football like her, head over to the
get inspired website and find the
details about your nearest club. She
is lovely, it isn't she, in terms of
her attributes, Rachel, what are
your first impressions will she make
it into the goalkeeping union?
Maybe, absolutely. I wanted to be a
stuntwoman at school, diving around
the stairs, exactly what I love. She
is fearless. Talking doesn't seem to
be a problem, I don't know what her
dad is on about. We saw her penalty
save. My goodness. This is a great
start. Saving a penalty from an
international, England player. Sue
Smith, you can read her like a book,
her body is open is always going to
go to the left side. She has done
her homework. That is not the
goalkeeper does, they have a little
book when they look at top strikers.
Sue Smith isn't a prolific penalty
Left feet and penalties I
don't know what the stats are on
Chris Kirkland mentioned about
coaching the goalkeepers, has it
improved in terms of specialised
coaching in terms of the shot
I think it has improved. I
don't think it is consistently good
across all goods and centres of
excellence. You have got to look at
fearlessness, the capacity not to
worry about getting injured. The
capability to organise the back
line, you are a natural leader as a
goalkeeper. It is wonderful to have
the part way we do have now to the
centres of excellence, regular
coaching. From the ages of 12,
getting goalkeeping coaching a few
times a week, that is exactly what
we have always needed and hopefully
it will continue.
OK, speaking of
shot stoppers and England's
goalkeepers will be facing the best
forward lines, the lioness is, what
do expect from them in that and
do expect from them in that and --
As a player and a
goalkeeper, you want to test
We take a bit of a break
now, in the meantime England travel
to America. You will have to see how
they get on against against France,
Germany and the USA live on the BBC.
Before that there is commentary on
Chelsea's Premier League clash with
West Brom on Monday night and on
Tuesday, Tottenham travel to Italy
for the Champions League. My thanks
of course took Alex and Rachel.
After 4-0 win over Liverpool, it is
a Manchester City slickers who lead
the way in WSL one. Goodbye for now.