Everton Women have now earned their first home point of their WSL campaign as they drew 2-2 with bottom of the table Bristol City. The point leaves the Blues in 10th place in the league table on 5 points, just ahead of West Ham and their opponents, Bristol City.
Striker, Katja Snoeijs replaced Heather Payne in the starting 11 that faced Chelsea in the previous WSL fixture, however it was Martina Piemonte who provided the ideal start for the Toffee’s. The Italian gathered Katrine Veje’s cross and after her first shot was saved by Olivia Clarke, she scored on her second attempt.
Ten minutes later, the Bristol City goalie had to be on her game to prevent the forward from getting her second. A stray ball sent them into a 50/50 match, with Clarke managing to save the ball just in time. The Bristol City goalkeeper continued to be the busiest of the keepers as the Toffee’s asserted their dominance.
However, the roles reversed just before half time and Bristol City tested Everton’s backline with a flurry of crosses and corners with most being dealt with by Ireland international Courtney Brosnan. The Robins found their equaliser in stoppage time, a loose ball fell to Amy Rodgers who converted to make the score line 1-1 ahead of the second half.
Everton started the 2nd half on the front foot, finding themselves leading once more in the 57th minute. A short corner was worked well into the box and found the feet of Justine Vanhaevermaet. Her effort bounced off the crossbar and was smashed home on the volley by captain Megan Finnigan.
Katja Snoeijs continually caused a threat to Bristol City’s backline. The Dutch forward was narrowly beaten to the ball by Clarke and put Nicoline Sørensen through on goal with a fantastic long range pass which she failed to convert.
Disappointingly, Bristol City found their equaliser 7 minutes before full time. Amalie Thestrup finished from a tight angle after Naomi Layzell fought her way through two Everton challenges.
It was announced just after the game that Nicoline Sørensen will be retiring from professional football in December. The news has come as a huge shock as Nico has been such a vital player in her time here at Everton, it’s been an honour to watch a player of such quality and talent! We wish Nico nothing but the best for the future and whatever she may do next!
Everton Women are back in WSL action on Sunday the 26th of November when they face Aston Villa at Villa Park, kick off is at 4.30 pm.