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Fran Kitching stars but LFC Women fall 2-0 to Birmingham

Fran Kitching’s heroics against Birmingham City were not enough as
Liverpool Women lose 2-0 in the penultimate game of the season.

The players’ performances demanded a better result but there were plenty of positives for Vicky Jepson’s squad.

Kitching found herself in goal in the WSL for the first time since October last year.

She was called into action early on and made a fantastic stop on the stretch. However, a stray boot caught her in the eye and she lay on the ground for several minutes.

Fortunately, the physio cleared her and she managed to soldier on for the remainder of the game.

Kitching was arguably Woman of the Match as she stopped three scoring opportunities including a one-on-one situation.

Her ability to use both her legs as effectively as her arms is one of her greatest strengths and it was evident throughout the match.

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Rinsola Babajide pulled off the run of the season as she bounded down the left flank, dribbling past a Birmingham midfielder before being brought down.

The 20-year-old then pulled off a makeshift forward roll to get back to her feet and continued to make her way towards the opposition goal.

She took the ball all the way to the touchline and picked out Courtney Sweetman-Kirk with a tidy cross but the veteran striker couldn’t quite convert the chance.

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In the end, Birmingham proved to be too clinical and a brace from Ellen White was enough to take all three points.

The Reds’ final game of the season is against cross-town rivals Everton on Saturday, May 11. Tickets available here.

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Drew Diamond
Avid runner, writer and devils advocate. Born & raised in the wirral and eloped to travel Europe. Liverpool F.C. enthusiast and lifelong fan. Y.N.W.A.

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