Manchester City held by Liverpool in FA Women's Super League 1

Jane Ross celebrates her headed opener against Arsenal
Image: Jane Ross scored Manchester City's equaliser against Liverpool

Manchester City retained their unbeaten record in FA Women's Super League 1 with a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in front of a crowd of 2,172 at the Academy Stadium.

Rosie White gave Liverpool a fourth-minute lead but her early strike was cancelled out by Jane Ross midway through the second half to earn a point which moved City five points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table.

White silenced the home crowd early on when she skipped past two defenders and fired past Karen Bardsley, the first time the City goalkeeper had been beaten in the league this season.

The hosts responded well and had a chance of their own in the 32nd minute with Toni Duggan and Daphne Corboz inches away from converting Kosovare Asllani's low cross.

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Caroline Weir came close to doubling Liverpool's lead shortly before half-time but saw her curling effort bounce back off the crossbar.

City came out of the blocks firing in the second half and their pressure paid off in the 66th minute when Ross tapped home from close range from Nikita Parris' driven cross to set up a tense finish.

Liverpool 'keeper Siobhan Chamberlain pulled off the save of the game to prevent Jill Scott's header hitting the back of the net before there was a flurry of chances in injury-time.

First, the home side had a penalty appeal turned down, Liverpool's Niamh Charles was denied by Bardsley and then Ross was thwarted by Chamberlain as the game finished all square.

The point leaves Liverpool fifth in the table with nine points from eight games, while City have 20 points from eight matches, although Chelsea, who have 15 points, have two games in hand. 

Meanwhile, Doncaster Belles remain anchored at the bottom of the table with no points following a 2-1 defeat at Notts County.

County took the lead in the 15th minute through Rachel Williams as the striker swivelled and fired past Nicola Hobbs in the visitors' goal.

The Belles levelled eight minutes later when former Lady Pie Jess Sigsworth found the bottom corner after being teed up by Katrin Omarsdottir.

County lost England goalkeeper Carly Telford when she was stretchered off on the stroke of half-time with her left leg in a brace, but it did not affect them too much and they snatched their second win of the season in the 65th minute.

Amy Turner's long ball forward caused confusion in the Doncaster defence and allowed Ellen White to score with a lobbed finish.

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