Photos: Susan Gutteridge.

A fine rearguard display handed Durham Women a point against top tier Liverpool in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.

Liverpool’s squad full of internationals dominated throughout but failed to break down a stubborn Durham backline – although the Reds did gain a bonus point in the group courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory.

Having dismantled Sheffield a fortnight previously, Liverpool were clear favourites ahead of the meeting at New Ferens Park.

And Scott Rodgers’ side began brightly with Ashley Hodson forcing a fine save from Helen Alderson before Natasha Harding fired the rebound over.

Beth Hepple then had a rare opening for Durham, but could only find the side netting before the Wildcats were pinned back once again.

They had Alderson to thank once again moments later as she managed to force Harding wide after she had broken through on goal.

Gemma Bonner then glanced a header wide of the far post before Alex Greenwood saw a powerful effort flash wide of the post as the visitors ended the half strongly.

And they continued to push forward after the break with Greenwood continuing to threaten – her cross clipped the bar before Weir was again denied by Alderson from a free-kick.

Substitute Bethany England then blazed over from close range as Liverpool bossed proceedings – but the WSL 1 outfit couldn’t find a way through and were forced to settle for a point.

They did, however, manage to claim a bonus point courtesy of a 5-4 victory on penalties as Siobhan Chamberlain denied Nicki Gears after eight rounds of spot kicks, allowing Weir to slot home the winner.