New WSL 1 starts with derby win for Liverpool
If the English national team has been under scrutiny this week for all the wrong reasons, it was good that the limelight shifted to the pitch again.
Second-half goals from Natasha Harding and Niamh Charles helped Liverpool Ladies beat Everton Ladies in the first match of the new WSL 1 winter season on Friday night (Sept 22)
Wales forward Harding prodded in through a crowd of Everton defenders after a scramble in the penalty area.
Substitute Charles added a second in stoppage time, pouncing after Ashley Hodgson's shot was saved.
Everton saw Claudia Walker's first-half chip superbly cleared off the line by England defender Casey Stoney.
The winning margin could have been even greater for Liverpool against their Merseyside rivals, who replaced defunct side Notts County in the top flight for this campaign.
Blues goalkeeper Lizzie Durack made a brilliant first-half save from Beth England's header after Jess Clarke's effort had bounced off the crossbar.