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Liverpool boss Beard questions disallowed goal after dramatic Merseyside derby

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MATT BEARD was left bemused after Liverpool saw a goal chalked off as they denied Everton a win at Goodison Park.

Katie Stengel made it even-stevens with her leveller securing a 1-1 draw from the dramatic Merseyside derby. 

Everton captain Gabby George netted at Goodison Park on her 100th appearance for the Toffees

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Everton captain Gabby George netted at Goodison Park on her 100th appearance for the ToffeesCredit: Getty
Katie Stengel equalised for the Reds in the first half of an energetic Merseyside duel

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Katie Stengel equalised for the Reds in the first half of an energetic Merseyside duelCredit: Getty
The game finished 1-1 after 97 minutes with Everton facing Tottenham next

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The game finished 1-1 after 97 minutes with Everton facing Tottenham nextCredit: Getty

However the Reds were baffled by Leighanne Robe’s goal being disallowed for an alleged infringement on Everton goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan.  

Liverpool boss Matt Beard told Sky Sports: “We should have won the game. 

“I saw the disallowed goal and I can’t believe it to be perfectly honest, it’s crazy. 

“We had enough chances tonight to get the win anyway. That’s another decision that has cost us three points.

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“I thought we created numerous chances, we just lacked composure in the final third.

“We frustrated Everton, but they put their bodies on the line. Courtney Brosnan was their best player by a country mile.”

Close to the half hour mark the hosts took the lead in the derby at attended by a record 22,161-strong crowd. 

Skipper Gabrielle George struck on her 100th Toffees appearance with her angled 27th-minute cross sailing over goalkeeper Rachael Laws. 

But the visitors upped the ante in attack with Yana Daniels slotting an effort inches wide after Missy Bo Kearn’s sliced pass in the 36th minute. 

The Reds later levelled with Stengel’s quick turn and whipped in a 40th-minute finish after Taylor Lewis drilled the ball into her path. 

And Rikke Sevecke fired a shot over for the hosts after pouncing on Laws’ punched clearance from a 44th-minute cross. 

Liverpool cranked the pressure in the second spell.

But they were left bemused after Robe’s goal was disallowed for an alleged Ceri Holland foul on Brosnan with 39 minutes left.   

Stengel saw a shot deflected over the crossbar by Megan Finnegan after a classy cut back from substitute Shanice van de Sanden. 

And the hosts saw Jess Park’s curled finish chalked off due to the forward’s handball. 

Liverpool had some big chances late on in a frantic finish to the game.  

Brosnan made a goalmouth clearance in the second minute of injury time with Stengel looking to poke home

Matt Beard's side will be targeting an away win when they visit West Ham after the international break

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Matt Beard’s side will be targeting an away win when they visit West Ham after the international breakCredit: Getty

And the Toffees stopper palmed Holland’s curved shot around the post in the 97th minute. 

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The draw denied Liverpool for their first away victory this season with Everton now winless in four games.

Toffees boss, Brian Sorensen, whose team will play Tottenham next told Sky Sports: “We need to have composure making sure we play the chances as big as we can, instead of being a bit too eager to get the cross in or finish from distance.”



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