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PNEWFC 1-1 Liverpool

19 August 2014

Preston North End Women sealed their pre-season campaign with a well-earned 1-1 draw with Liverpool Ladies Development Squad on Sunday afternoon.

Jade Parker fired PNE into an early lead before Beth Donoghue equalised for Liverpool in the 35th minute.

Donoghue had chances to win it late on but Danielle Brown produced two wonderful saves to deny her.

PNE started the better of the two sides and took the lead inside three minutes through Parker.

Emily Hutton played in the former FC United striker and she applied the finish with the outside of her right foot to open the scoring.

Parker then tried her luck from long range when she noticed Liverpool goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons off her line but the ex-PNE goalkeeper saved her effort easily.

Brown was called into action in the 32nd minute when she had to tip Hannah Dale’s free kick onto the bar before gathering at the second attempt.

New North End signing Alice Hey had a chance to double the Lilywhites’ lead two minutes after the Brown save but she couldn’t find a way past Gibbons after twisting and turning to get into the area.

From the resulting phase of play Liverpool drew level as Donoghue added her name to the scoresheet.

A mix up in the defence saw Donoghue one-on-one with Brown and she calmly slotted the ball home to level the scores.

Another new PNE signing Yasmine Swarbrick created room for herself on the edge of the area in the 55th minute but, once again, Gibbons was equal to the effort.

Manager Luke Podmore introduced Melissa Ball to the game in the 59th minute when she replaced Rebecca Foster for her first appearance since limping off with a knee injury against Blackburn Rovers at the back end of last season.

Donoghue was a thorn in the side of the PNE defence all afternoon and forced Brown into a full stretch save when she attempted to curl the ball into the far corner with eighteen minutes left.

She then had another chance to put Liverpool in front for the first time in the game after rounding Brown in the 83rd minute but her effort was into the side netting and out for a goal kick.

As the final few minutes ticked by Liverpool had one final chance to win the game but once again Brown produced a save to deny Donoghue as she narrowed the angle down and blocked her shot moments before the final whistle to bring PNE’s pre-season campaign to an end.

The FA Women’s Premier League starts on Sunday 24th August, PNE starting their campaign with a home game against Bradford City Women at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, 2pm kick off with free entry for all.

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