Everton Women’s FA Cup hopes were dashed by a 1-0 defeat at home to Championship side, Birmingham City.
The Toffee’s sought to maintain their impressive recent run going into the match on Sunday. Aggie Beever-Jones replaced Katja Snoeijs up front, and Courtney Brosnan, took the place of Emily Ramsey in goal. Sara Holmgaard came in to play Left Back, whilst Rikke Sevecke was give time to rest for the league. These were the only changes made by manager Brian Sørensen from the team that defeated West Ham 3-0 in the previous match.
Although the visitors made a bright start to the game, it was Everton who looked most likely to find a breakthrough.
The attack’s brightest spark came from Aggie Beever-Jones. A number of opportunities to score were presented to the youthful forward. Prior to having her own attempt saved by Birmingham City goalkeeper Lucy Thomas, she set up Jess Park with a wonderful pass, unfortunately the winger could not capitalise on it.
The Chelsea loanee went up and directed the ball toward the bottom right corner of the goal after a strong run earned her a free kick on the outskirts of the area. Lucy Thomas, however, equalled it with a valiant save.
Early in the second half, Aggie Beever-Jones came dangerously close again to opening the scoring with a close-range shot that smacked off the post.
16 minutes into the second half, Birmingham City became the team to finally break the scoreless tie. Jade Pennock was inside the box when Birmingham quickly manoeuvred the ball past Everton’s backline and into her path. Pennock then struck the ball powerfully into the far corner of the net before Courtney Brosnan could get a hand to it.
Everton Women tried desperately to score a last-minute equaliser, but it was not to be for the Toffee’s.
Player of the match for me has to be Aggie Beever-Jones, probably her best performance in an Everton shirt so far. Great to see Nicoline Sørensen captain the Blues today, she drove some good crosses into the box early on in the game and was a threat to Birmingham’s defence.
Everton Women are back in action next weekend on Sunday the 5th of February in the WSL. They face Manchester United away at Leigh Sports Village, kick off is at 12pm.