Brian Sørensen’s blues won their third match of the season with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa away at the Poundland Bescot Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Lucy Graham fired Gabby George’s swinging cross into the top of the net just before the hour mark of the game.
Everton started exceptionally well, comfortable in possession and attacking Villa’s defence. However, Aston Villa had the first chance of the game through their incredible summer signing, Rachel Daly, whose shot went wide from close range. Everton remained in control, having larger spells of attacking pressure. A run down the right wing by loanee Jess Park moved the ball into the final third, landing in the path of Katrine Veje whose long range effort was saved by Villa goalkeeper, Anna Leat.
The Toffee’s first corner of the match, saw a range of opportunities for Megan Finnigan and Rikke Sevecke but all efforts were blocked by a tough Villa defence. At the other end of the pitch, Courtney Brosnan sprung into action as Rachel Daly was put through one on one, the goalkeeper prevented her chance by diving bravely at the feet of the forward.
Both sides finished level at half time. However, the blues dealt with huge attacking pressure from the strong Villa side at the start of the second half. Everton’s breakthrough came as a reward for the resilient and strong defending, when they took the lead on the 58th minute.
It was a team goal. Hanna Bennison was quick to claim the clearance and pick out a pass to Megan Finnigan. The defender drove deep into Villa’s half before releasing the ball to Jess Park, who sprinted towards the penalty area before picking out a pass to Gabby George on the left wing. Gabby George provided an assist to Lucy Graham who finished on the half volley hitting the roof of the net and putting Everton ahead.
The blues continued to stifle Villa’s chances, showcasing their excellent defensive skills. An outstanding performance from goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan, who made some incredible saves to keep her team at their 1-0 lead.
The win moves the toffee’s up to 4th in the WSL table, level on points with the top three. Both Aston Villa and Everton meet again at Walton Hall Park this Wednesday in the Continental Cup.