Steph Houghton nets late winner while Siobhan Chamberlain saves penalty

24 March 2016 09:53

England Lionesses Steph Houghton and Siobhan Chamberlain played starring roles as Manchester City and Liverpool made winning starts to the new Women's Super League season.

England captain Houghton's injury-time free-kick earned City victory over Notts County while Chamberlain saved a penalty and saw another go wide as Liverpool beat Birmingham 1-0 despite Mandy van den Berg's red card.

Arsenal beat Reading 3-1 in the opening day's other game.

City looked set to have to settle for a point after a game in which both teams missed penalties, Jess Clarke for County and Toni Duggan for the reigning champions.

But Houghton's free-kick from 30 yards a minute into added time ensured all three points for Nick Cushing's side.

"We always go to the end," said Cushing. "I think the team really pulled together and wanted the goal and I think a draw would have felt like a loss."

Chamberlain, a summer signing for the Reds, denied Kirsty Linnett from 12 yards and saw Freda Ayisi miss the target after Van den Berg's dismissal. Shanice van de Sanden scored the only goal in the eighth minute.

Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala scored early in the second half of her Arsenal debut, after Dominique Janssen had given them an interval lead.

Reading debutant Jade Boho-Sayo pulled one back but Danielle Carter's header clinched victory for Arsenal.

Source: PA