Laura Butters was the hero as the City of Liverpool Women fought back from 3-1 down to complete a remarkable turnaround against Liverpool University on Sunday.

Manager Jay Maguire named perhaps his strongest starting line-up as the purps headed into the game knowing victory would keep alive their season as they look to finish strongly on their debut season.

Cheered on by the watching fans, the Purps made a fast start as Laura Butters scored after 4 minutes.

A long clearance downfield from the goalkeeper Kayleigh Frankland was expertly controlled by Butters who calmly slotted it past the keeper to put them 1-0 ahead on 4 minutes.

However a strong Liverpool university side soon found their feet after the early setback.

Two scrappy goals in quick succession put the University side ahead before the Purps went close themselves at the other end with Laura Butters strike whistling past the post.

But it was Liverpool university who would strike again.

With the purps struggling to clear their lines, the ball fell to the Liverpool university striker who curled the ball into the top corner to make it 3-1 to the university.

A string of world class saves from the Purps goalkeeper Kayleigh Frankland kept the university at bay as they sensed blood and looked to add to their tally. 

Some fantastic saves were made throughout the game but especially in the testing 15 minutes before the break by Kayleigh which ultimately kept us in the game and helped motivate the group to kick on in the second half.

Half time came and Danielle Rutter came on for the ever present Lauren Fisher as manager Jay Maguire looked to get his team back into the game.

With the debutant Kirsty Young marshalling the midfield it wasn’t long before the purps came back into the game with fortuitous goal from Danielle Rutter on the 51st minute.

A looping corner was met by the shoulder of Rutter and creeped into the net, much to the protestations of the opponents, 2-3 and game on!

It wasn’t long before it was Butters on the score sheet again. Controlling and finishing in clinical style to level the scores.

Again it was goalkeeper Kayleigh Frankland who kept the purps level with a string of saves to keep the scores level going into the final 5 minutes as Liverpool University looked to break quickly in attack.

Entering the 88th minute and with the game wide wide open it was Liverpool University who nearly stole all 3 points. A long ball seized upon by the attacking player but her shot creeped agonizingly past the post.

From the resulting goal kick it was the purps, and Butters, who would melt university hearts.

A ball over the top from the excellent Corrin Melia was seized upon by Butters who calmly turned her marker before slotting the ball underneath the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 4-3 to the Purps and seal a remarkable turnaround. 

It was the start of the celebrations amongst the players and supporters as the club secured a victory that keeps it’s playoff hopes alive in what has been a remarkable first season.

Our Women next play against Warrington Wolves FC at the great Sankey neighbourhood hub, Sunday 25th February at 2PM.

Purps add 3 to bolster womens team

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the first of many additions to the newly launched City of Liverpool FC warriors.

With the season fast approaching it has come down to manager Jay Maguire to confirm the squad he plans to take into the  Liverpool Womens Youth & Football league. 

Our first addition is Geordie Lauren Fisher, who captured the most improved player last season, and since then has gone from strength to strength and has delighted us by confirming her commitment for the forthcoming season. 

Joining Lauren is the versatile Delishia Harding, who has slotted into many positions across the pitch and brings with her power and strength. A fantastic addition to the squad after being promoted from our community sessions.

Our final addition of the day is the electric Jemma Harding who has excited everyone in pre season with her direct running and an eye for goal that has seen her bag multiple goals in pre season. 

Speaking to Warriors manger Jay Maguire earlier this week he said “I’m delighted with how we are shaping up this season. When Lauren signed she said she wasn’t experienced at all, but she went on to earn the most improved player last season. She sets the bar when it comes to fitness in training and really encourages the other players to reach her levels. “

“With Jem now confirming her commitment, we’ve got ourselves a pacy & skilful winger who isn’t afraid to be direct and take a player on. If a shot is there to be taken Jem will take advantage of the space.”

” Delishia was promoted via the community development group and has excelled and come out her shell being around the first team players. A strong and powerful player who is always happy to cover a number of positions across the pitch, I’m delighted she has signed and she will bring some reinforcement at the back for us. 

The City of Liverpool warriors take on MSB Woolton FC Development this Sunday at the purple hub in Huyton, L36 7UN, kick off is at 2PM as we look to make a good start to the 23/24 season. 

COLFC women Impress on debut

City of Liverpool FC emphatically marked their first foray into 11-a-side football with a convincing win over a battling Ormskirk Galaxy today at the Purple Hub.

With the purps missing captain Shannon Robinson to illness, the opening stages of the match hinted at a cagey contest, but that quickly changed as the Purps stamped their authority on the game.

Jemma Harding, displaying both pace and precision, kickstarted the onslaught with a dazzling run down the left flank. After outpacing her marker, she cooly slotted home to open the scoring. 

Soon after, Jess Maguire demonstrated her technical prowess, expertly connecting with a floated cross to dispatch a sublime half-volley into the back of the net. The duo’s strikes ensured the Purps went into the break with a reassuring 2-0 lead.

The second half began where the first left off. Debutante Laura Butters made an immediate impact. Receiving a deft pass and delicately placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper’s reach to make it 3.

The defence was marshalled expertly by Lauren Fisher and the debutant Claudia but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the purps. A foray into the box from Ormskirk saw a curling shot that was destined for the corner until Caitlin Myers tipped it superbly around the post to keep the clean sheet intact.

Down the other end, it was Jess Maguire, ever-present and looking to link up play, who then added to her tally. She masterfully controlled a pinpoint cross with her first touch and, without a moment’s hesitation, drilled it home to claim her brace.

The dynamic duo of Jemma Harding and Laura Butters combined effectively next. A blistering run from Harding down the wing culminated in a precise cutback to Butters, who’s shot found the net for her second, and the purps 5th.

But the day wasn’t over for Harding. In the dying embers of the match, she showcased what makes her such a dangerous opponent. Chasing a long ball, she outmanoeuvred her defender with a swift turn before rocketing the ball into the roof of the net, sealing the impressive 6-0 scoreline.

Midfield dynamo, Danielle Rutter, was aptly awarded Player of the Match after an all action display saw her help command the purps to a fantastic win.

Post-match, Manager Jay Maguire expressed his satisfaction: “The goals we scored today, the fluidity in play, it’s indicative of our training sessions. This was an ideal start, and we hope to carry this momentum forward.”
“I also just want to say how proud I am of every single one of the players today.To win 6-0 in our first 90 minute 11 a side game was brilliant, if we play like that every game we’ll go far”

Our warriors debut this season in the Liverpool Womens & Youth Football League and will play our games on Sundays at the Purple Hub in Huyton. Come along and give your support.   

City of Liverpool – Caitlin Myers, Emily Wright, Delishia Harding, Lauren Fisher, Jess Maguire, Amy Thorne, Claudia Caton, Kat Plumb, Danielle Rutter, Corrin Melia, Jemma Harding, Hilaal Ali, Laura Butters, Kez Mason

COLFC women rising to the challenge

COLFC Warriors & Community Sessions had humble beginnings in a park in Toxteth in July 2022, where we just had cones, balls, a couple of goals and loads of players eager to play!

It was created by COLFC Community staff, Sean Lindblad and Bryn Davies with help from friends of the club Laura and Mia.

We wanted to create a group that welcomed people from any background; to create a family that pushed each other to improve in the aim to create a unified team that could compete at the highest level possible.

Having a commitment to ethics that align with the broader COLFC club isn’t for the sake of it, we believe that having this outlook will break down the barriers that prevent talented individuals from reaching their potential in football.

For the past half a year we have played in the FAs She Inspires League, finishing 2nd place in the championship, a fantastic start to our team!

It’s been a great experience as it’s the first time many of our players have played competitive football and more experienced players have enjoyed getting back into it.

Also in October we had Jay Maguire join our ranks as a coach who has brought a lot of experience from his time at MSB Woolton Men’s team, he now coaches alongside Bryn each week and is integral to how we function and the way we train.

Around the same time we formed a steering group which consists of the coaches plus Sean and Hannah Mason, who represents the players and runs our social media channels. This group has grown to be a great success and has streamlined and democratised the organisation of the team.

Now we have a fantastic sponsor in The Carpenters group we also have our 1st team kits. With over 15 players committed to playing for the club in Leagues we now want to push on.

So for 2023/24 we are aiming to compete in Division 3 of the Merseyside FA Women’s and Youth League.

As well as our Warriors team, we want to continue to develop our community football teams that welcome anyone of any ability, provide them with high quality coaching and tailored feedback every week from qualified coaches.

We also aim to introduce these players into competitive football at the level that suits them and use this group as a source of talent for our first team.

We believe that our community football sessions are what makes us stronger as a group, and naturally will form a support network that we will need whilst progressing in the future.

Come and join the club.

We are always looking for new people to join our ranks, whether that be playing, coaching, doing photos or videos or just giving a helping hand.
Joining our sessions could lead to playing competitively, a pathway to professional coaching or learning to run and develop a football club, COLFC Warriors!

We really want self driven individuals that have a strong desire to push themselves and this club towards success whilst helping it champion its ethics of a club that represents people from marginalised backgrounds.

Now and in the future we want to be a club that provides opportunities for Women from all classes, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds as well as aim to carve a future for trans and non binary players in competitive sport.

We have Partisan on our flags and shirts so we aim to follow our beliefs without compromise.

women Take Aim As New Season Begins

The brand new City of Liverpool FC Warriors took their first steps into competitive football last Sunday in the newly formed She Inspires league.

Having been only formed for around 3 months, what initially started as a way to encourage more women and non-binary players into football has gradually morphed into players wanting to represent the city locally and as we progress, regionally.

Missing their captain Gemma Stanton through an ankle injury, the purps put on a solid display in each of their two games. A slow start to the day meant AFC Warner took home the spoils in the first game but the warriors soon found their feet and it was Jess who struck the winning goal in a close game vs Heron Ladies FC leaving the team in a celebratory mood.

Catching up with Gemma Stanton, the warriors captain midweek, she said “Having attended the banding tournament in September 22, COLFC Warriors were promoted to the Championship league – just 1 division under the top Premiership league. Given the infancy of the team, this is an incredible achievement and just goes to show how far we’ve come and how far we can reach in the future. I am incredibly proud of the group of Warriors that attended the first competitive games on Sunday, already making a positive impression by achieving our first win on the first day. Watch this space…”

With standout performances right across the park it was fantastic to see the friendships that have also developed across the team, with the players all shouting and encouraging each other as the games wore on.  

Georgia Whitelaw, midfield dynamo and social secretary for the warriors had these words to say post game “It was a great afternoon to have our first experience in the She Inspires league, playing competitively against the other teams gives us the opportunity to reflect, grow and be more confident when we face the next upcoming fixtures! It’s also brilliant seeing so many women play football and how friendly opposition teams are to one another.”

The team now look forward to their next fixtures in the she inspires league as well as friendlies as they look to build upon their excellent start. We hope this is the first milestone in what will be an exciting part of the purple tapestry.

If you would like to signup to join our womens sessions you can signup at the following link https://www.cityofliverpoolfc.co.uk/in-the-community/womens-open-football-sessions/