IT was a tale of two goalkeepers as the Belles saw off Liverpool to pick up their first home win in the Women’s Super League.
Belles keeper Helen Alderson saved a second half penalty, and brilliantly tipped over a dipping shot deep in added time.
But, at the opposite end, Andrea Worrall was at fault as she dropped an innocuous Aine O’Gorman cross into her own net.
It was far from a vintage performance for the Belles but they had the better of what was a scrappy affair.
Powerful Reds forward Ruesha Littlejohn fired the first warning shot, finding space on the edge of the area and curling a right footed effort narrowly wide.
Liverpool threatened again a minute later when Kelly Jones headed just wide.
Katie Brusell fired home for Liverpool on the half hour but the referee had already blown for a foul and it was Belles who took the lead five minutes later.
O’Gorman surged down the left and delivered a routine cross to the near post where Worrall rose to claim under no pressure but fumbled the ball and dropped it over the line.
The Belles produced a composed performance in the second half with the lead rarely under threat.
Vicky Exley had a superb half volley from 30 yards tipped round the post but the Belles’ hard work looked set to be undone on 57 minutes when Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty.
Brusell’s shot cannoned off Amy Turner and the referee harshly signalled for handball.
Littlejohn sent the spotkick low and left but Alderson made a simple stop while Turner cleared a follow up effort off the line.
Liverpool almost snatched a point three minutes into added time.
A cross from Brusell curled towards the top corner but Alderson changed direction to dive acrobatically and get enough on the ball to tip it over the bar.
The referee blew the final whistle as the resultant corner was cleared, sealing three points for the Belles ahead of their toughest test of the season, the visit of Arsenal on Saturday (2pm).
Entry to the Belles’ clash with Everton at the Keepmoat next Thursday (7.45pm) is free.