FA Women’s Super League
Yeovil Town Ladies 1, Liverpool Women 2

YEOVIL Town Ladies put in arguably their best performance of the season to date on Sunday, but were left heartbroken by a late Liverpool winner.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s brace won the points for the visitors, and dealt a blow to the Lady Glovers’ survival hopes.

An impressive crowd of 984 witnessed a competitive encounter at Dorchester Town, as Yeovil looked to start 2019 with a precious win.

Emily Syme missed out through injury, but former Ilminster Town Ladies forward Erin Bloomfield was handed a start up front by boss Lee Burch.

The hosts started brightly, retaining possession well, but clear-cut chances were proving hard to come by.

Somewhat against the run of the play, the visitors went ahead after Yana Daniels was brought down by home goalkeeper Megan Walsh, Sweetman-Kirk converting from the penalty spot.

The Lady Glovers were down but not out, and seven minutes into the second half they had an equaliser.

Annie Heatherson played in Emily Donovan, who kept her cool to finish with aplomb.

Roared on by the big crowd, Yeovil pressed for a winner, with Donovan and Olivia Fergusson both going close.

But it was Liverpool who snatched the win in the second minute of stoppage time, as a free-kick was delivered into the box and Sweetman-Kirk scored with an acrobatic hook over her shoulder, striking a cruel blow to the hosts.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Megan Walsh, Charlotte Buxton, Emily Donovan, Hannah Short, Georgia Evans, Megan Alexander, Nicola Cousins, Olivia Fergusson, Bonnie Horwood, Ann-Marie Heatherson, Erin Bloomfield.
Substitutes: Ellie Mason, Amy Goddard, Monique Fischer.

This was Yeovil’s sixth 2-1 loss of the season, indicating how much they have improved this season in pushing their opponents much closer.

They are bottom of the table, two points behind Everton and seven off third-bottom Brighton & Hove Albion, but manager Burch insists he will continue to battle to beat the drop.

After a week off for the international break, Yeovil travel to face sixth-placed Bristol City on January 27 (ko 3pm).