Tigresses held by Feds as top two play out entertaining draw

Hull City Ladies came away from one of their toughest away games of the season with a well earned point and they remain unbeaten and level on points with the hosts Liverpool Feds. It was a topsy turvy game on a heavy bobbly pitch that made fluent football difficult to achieve for both sides.

The Tigresses started brightly and had the first chance inside three minutes. Katie Thompson was released down the wing and she cut inside her marker before crossing for Rebecca Beech. Beech’s shot was deflected and the rebound fell to Ellie Tanser. Tanser hit a first time shot that went narrowly wide.

Eden Pedersen was the next to have a sight of goal when she hit a piledriver from 25 yards that the Feds keeper did well to get down low to save. Despite City Ladies having the better of the first ten minutes it was the Feds who took the lead. They won a free kick wide on the right and the cross into the box was met with a powerful header that flew past Amy Halloran and into the bottom corner.

This was a blow for the Tigresses but their heads didn’t go down and they tried to work their way back into the game. Ellie Tanser had another shot after 31 minutes that went well wide before she finally got her goal. A shot from Hope Knight was deflected and a goalmouth scramble ensued. Tanser got the decisive touch to prod the ball into the bottom corner.

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The Tigresses celebrate the equaliser

The Feds almost took the lead again straight away, they had another chance when they had a shot from the edge of the area that went inches wide. City survived that scare and that was the final action of the half.

HT Liverpool Feds 1-1 Hull City Ladies

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Danny Johnson issues the half time instructions

The home side came out firing and within a minute of the restart they very nearly scored. Pedersen did brilliantly to make a goal line clearance and it scooped up onto the crossbar and away to safety. The second half developed into an entertaining end to end game and it was the Tigresses who had the next chance when a cross by Knight was met by Pedersen who saw her shot saved.

Rebecca Beech showed her quality to give City Ladies the lead in the 51st minute. A clearance fell to her on the edge of the area and she hit a powerful shot over the keeper and into the top corner. It was a brilliant finish from the former Super League striker.

The Feds had the next chance in the 63rd minute when a free kick was well saved by Amy Halloran in the City goal. At the other end Katie Thompson fired a shot wide before Beech hit a shot over the bar. It was a pulsating second half and the Feds stepped it up a gear to try and get an equaliser. In the 72nd minute Amy Halloran did brilliantly to save a low shot after the Feds striker had been through on goal.

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Captain Jo Symington goes for a header from a Tigresses free kick

A few minutes later the Feds got the equaliser they probably deserved. A shot was fired in from 25 yards that Halloran could do nothing about. It was as good as Beech’s goal which showed the quality of the two sides as the pitch was heavy and cutting up in places.

Both sides pushed for a winner and in stoppage time the Feds came close to pinching the win. They had a free kick that resulted in another goalmouth scramble from the cross and somehow the Tigresses defence got it away.

The final whistle called a halt to a breathless game between two top quality sides. It was frustrating for the Tigresses to concede the equaliser but the players and head coach Danny Johnson were happy to come away with a point against one of their title rivals which means they are still joint top of the league. The Tigresses have now taken four points from the Feds and are still well on track for their promotion dream this season.

FT Liverpool Feds 2-2 Hull City Ladies

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We spoke to Danny Johnson after the game and you can watch the video below.

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