Goals from Toni Duggan and Izzy Christiansen have sealed a quarter-final place in this year's Continental Cup for Manchester City's Ladies side; who've gradually blossomed into a force to be reckoned with over the past few months.
The only negative points to take from the 2-0 victory, were injuries sustained to goal-scorer Duggan and full-back Lucy Bronze either side of the half-time interval. The extent of those respective injuries though, are yet to be confirmed by the club. Hopefully, they're not too bad - as the duo are integral to Nick Cushing's side.
City dominant from start-to-finish
City started on the front-foot, with Krystle Johnston and Nikita Parris both giving Liverpool goalkeeper Libby Stout some early worries inside the first ten minutes. Then, Parris was rewarded for her energetic start as the referee awarded a penalty-kick after she was brought down in the area by Satara Murray, halting her run forward.
Satara was the last defender, and lucky not to be sent off as a result, but Duggan made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick with a comfortably-taken effort from the spot.
Bronze makes vital tackle, injures herself in the process
The Reds were eager not to go down without a fight, so to speak, and Natasha Dowie was inches away from striking goalwards - but for an importantly-timed sliding tackle by Lucy Bronze herself. Unfortunately, the England international was worse-for-wear after the challenge, twisting her ankle; so she was substituted by Abbie McManus shortly afterward.
Duggan was replaced after the interval herself, in what seemed to be a non-dangerous clash with Dowie. A goal up, City doubled their lead with twenty minutes left to play, as Christiansen made a neat tackle on Stout and headed home from close range with Stout seemingly helpless to deny the 23-year-old.
Next up for City's Ladies, an intriguing league clash with Sunderland next Sunday. Third against fourth place - they'll overtake the Black Cats with a win.