At the AMEX Stadium on Friday night, Everton Women defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 with remarkable style. The Holmgaard twins collaborated beautifully to give the Blues the lead, as Karen Holmgaard headed in at the back-post with her twin Sara providing the assist.

Manager, Brian Sørensen made one alteration to the team that suffered an undeserved heavy defeat to Manchester United before the international break. With Heather Payne absent, Sara Holmgaard was added back into the starting lineup.

With the help of Kathrine Kühl, the Toffees created the opening opportunity of the game early in the evening. Sophie Baggaley had to scramble to stop the Dane from curling her effort into the bottom corner of the net. Lucy Hope climbed highest to head goalward from the following corner, and Brighton’s keeper did a commendable job of holding the effort in the packed area.

Just before the 30 minute mark, Brighton did respond with a chance of their own. Elisabeth Terland pounced onto a through ball and attempted to maintain her incredible scoring form with a bold lob. However, Courtney Brosnan was just as quick as the Brighton striker and palmed away the goalbound attempt.

Baggaley, who was the busier of the goalkeepers in the first forty-five minutes, then denied Katja Snoeijs stopping her initial attempt from Lucy Hope’s cross.

On the hour mark, Everton took the lead thanks to a superb combination from the Toffee twins following a goalless first half. On the edge of the box, Karen Holmgaard played it to Sara Holmgaard. After waiting for her sister to step inside the box,Karen drifted towards the far post and headed the ball goal-bound.

Three minutes later, Pinto’s point-blank shot from close range gave Brighton the equaliser. Brighton’s equaliser came about from Symond’s free kick which struck the crossbar and fell to the feet of the midfield player, who poked the ball into the net past Courtney Brosnan.

Everton Women took advantage of numerous mistakes made by the host’s defence to retake the lead in the seventieth minute. Aurora Galli pounced on Jorelyn Carabali’s careless backpass, then rounding Brighton’s goalie before confronting Bergsvand. The defender turned the ball home in an attempt to clear it, rewarding the Italian for her pressure. A hard earned away victory for the Blue’s.

Everton Women are set to play Arsenal this weekend infront of a sold-out Walton Hall Park. Kick off is at 12.30 this Sunday.

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