Everton Women’s Women’s Super League campaign didn’t get off to the best of starts when they lost 2-1 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Elisabeth Terland put two past Emily Ramsey in the first half of the match, making it incredibly difficult for the Blue’s to bounce back.
After just 4 minutes, the Toffee’s were a goal behind. England international, Katie Robinson had a shot that ricocheted off of the crossbar after Ramsey made a save. The ball then landed into the path of Elisabeth Terland. Brighton’s number 11 headed the ball straight past summer signing, Emily Ramsey, and into the back of the net, giving Brighton the lead.
Terland became a constant threat to Everton’s defence and just a mere 10 minutes later, Brighton gained their second. The Norwegian ran on to a cleverly executed pass from Katie Robinson and slipped the ball past Emily Ramsey.
Despite the setbacks, the Blue’s grew into the game. Nicoline Sørensen came close to reducing the deficit, however her close range shot hit the bar.
One of our other summer signings, Martina Piemonte, had many opportunities showcasing her talent and causing a major threat to Brighton’s defensive line, forcing a few saves from Brighton’s goalkeeper.
However, it was Everton’s new captain, Megan Finnigan who halved the deficit for the Toffee’s. In the 65th minute, Finnigan fired a low shot into the back of the net from a Hanna Bennison corner.
The Blue’s continued to push on into the final 30 minutes of the game, desperate to get the equaliser. The Brighton defence remained obstinate, denying Everton any opportunity of taking a point from the game.
On a positive note, we got a glimpse of new summer signings Olesen, Bissell, Payne, Vanhaevermaet and Piemonte. This should give the squad a really good depth going forward.
Player of the match for me has to be Aurora Galli. The Italian dominated the midfield with her tireless work ethic and commitment. A really good performance from her overall.
Everton Women are back in WSL action next Sunday the 8th of October, when they face Leicester City away at the King Power Stadium. Kick off is at 3pm and is available to watch on the FA Player.