Davison nets late leveller to keep alive Reds' title hopes

Sunday 05 Oct 2014
Gemma Davison nets a late equaliser against Arsenal

Gemma Davison scored a late equaliser to keep alive Liverpool’s slim hopes of retaining The FA Women’s Super League 1 title in a dramatic clash against Arsenal.

Jordan Nobbs scored two for the Gunners but Davison’s last-gasp effort, coupled with Chelsea's 5-2 win over Everton, leaves the Reds three points behind Emma Hayes's league leaders with just one game to go. 

Arsenal got off to the best possible start when Nobbs got her head on the end of Alex Scott’s cross, guiding the ball past Libby Stout at the near post after 40 seconds. 

Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool

Sunday 5 October
Meadow Park

Arsenal doubled their lead 12 minutes later, with some poor defending on the edge of the Liverpool area seeing the ball played across the box, where Nobbs smashed it into the left side of the goal for her second of the game. 

Liverpool halved the deficit 10 minutes before the break when Fara Williams sent in a free-kick from the left side of the box which flew past Emma Byrne.

Shortly after half-time Arsenal’s two-goal lead was restored when Casey Stoney ghosted in at the back post to get an outstretched leg on Rachel Yankey’s corner. 

But Nicole Rolser dinked the ball over the on-rushing Byrne on 66 minutes to reduce Liverpool’s deficit once more.

And Davison scored in the 93rd minute, making a powerful run into the box before placing the ball to the right of the goal.

Arsenal: Byrne; Scott, Stoney, Fahey, Mitchell; Ohno (Weir 75), Nobbs, Kinga (Smith 54), Williamson, Yankey (Bailey 88); Carter.
Substitutes not used: Chamberlain, Murray, Sampson, Humphrey  

Liverpool: Stout; Bronze, Bonner (c), Easton, Schroder; Williams, Omarsdóttir, Da Costa (Zelem 60); Longhurst (Rolser 60), Harris, Dowie (Davison 22).
Substitutes not used: Gibbons, Frausing-Pedersen

Attendance: 808

Referee: R. Massey-Ellis

By FA Staff