Durham defiance destroyed by red-hot Liverpool

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DURHAM Women endured a one-sided 7-1 mauling by Liverpool in their Continental Cup sectional clash yesterday.

Six second-half goals in an impressive performance full of attacking flair at New Ferens Park saw Liverpool run out 7-1 winners.

Natasha Dowie opened the scoring in the first half before grabbing a second after the interval, while there were also braces for Katie Zelem and Gemma Davidson, skipper Gemma Bonner grabbing the other before Caroline Dixon’s late consolation penalty for the home side.

Durham boss Lee Sanders said: “We did really well in the first half. We frustrated Liverpool, but it was a little mistake from ourselves that resulted in their goal.

“I thought we acquitted ourselves very well. We were very disciplined and played well as a team and did very well to go in just one down at half time.

“The second half is a little bit disappointing when you get that score line, but we’ve come up against opposition that train full time and that told in the last 30 minutes.

“It was pleasing to get the goal and I think being realistic today was all about the girls getting experience playing against some top players and England internationals.”

DURHAM: Hill; King, Dixon, Wilson, Christon; Atkinson (Round, 46), Jennings, Bradley (Young, 46), Scott, Hanratty (Jordinson, 74); Hepple Subs not used: Stonehouse, Linsley

Att: 339. Ref: M Edwards

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