Aston Villa Women opened their Conti Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Wednesday evening.

Shania Hayles scored her first goal of the season with three minutes on the clock; Leanne Kiernan equalised for Liverpool in the second half.

Full-time blew with the scores tied at 1-1. Liverpool took the extra point winning 5-4 on penalties.

Adam Reapa, Chris Freville and Mark McLachlan once again made the trip to support the Villans in action.

Let’s see how those travelling fans rated our star’s in claret and blue.

STARTING LINE-UP



Sian Rogers – 8

First game back in goal and seamlessly slotted back in.

Made some important saves when called upon.

Sarah Mayling – 8

Made some penetrating runs on the right hand side and put some great crosses into the box.

Elisha N’Dow – 7.5

It’s my birthday and I’ll tackle if I want to! Happy Birthday Elisha!

Solid at the back, totally dependable at all times.


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Natalie Haigh – 7

Great to see Nat on the pitch, as her song says she always puts in a performance like Rocky.

Jodie Hutton – 7

Asked to play at left-back. Always gives 100% isn’t afraid to tackle and get stuck into the middle of the play.


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Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah – 8

Ran the wings and put in 100% as always for the team.

Always a threat going forward.

Marisa Ewers – 6

Unfortunate to have to come off injured after 18 minutes but great to see her start the game.

Liv McLoughlin – 6.5

Always in a battle in the middle of the pitch, and never gives up on winning the ball – even when 40/60!


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Alisha Lehmann – 6.5

Can’t fault her effort and got into some great postions.

Tried to get Villa up the pitch.

Gemma Davison – 7

Got forward throughout the game and was unlucky to not link up with the play and finish in front of goal.

Shania Hayles -8

Hayles got the early goal in the game after taking the chance with a composed expert finish.

Substitutions:

Remi Allen – 7.5 (On for Marisa Ewers 18 minutes)

Remi came on when Marisa had to go off but you always can count on Remi to battle away and give you everything she maybe be small in stature but big in heart.

Chloe Arthur – 7.5 (On for Gemma Davison 60 minutes)

Chloe always does the dirty work on and off the ball to help Villa relieve the pressure and turn defence into attack and gain possesion

Ramona Petzelberger – 7.5 (On for Alisha Lehmann 60 minutes)

Ramona came on and always makes an instant impact from whatever minute she is on the pitch. Wether in the backline, on the wing or in front of goal.

Freya Gregory – 7 (On for Shania Hayles 60 minutes)

Freya made some good runs up thr wing to get Villa on the attack and win a fair few corners for us to attack on the set plays.

OPPOSITION

Liverpool Ladies: Foster, Moore, Hinds (Daniels 45′), Roberts, Matthews (Robe 45′), Parry, Humphrey, Bailey, Kearns (Hodson 63′), Walters (Kiernan 62′), Lawley

Subs: Robe, Startup, Holland, Silcock, Furness, Hodson, Kiernan (Holland 78′), Daniels, Wardlaw



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