Manchester United handed Everton their third defeat of the season when they came to Walton Hall Park on Sunday and beat the blues 3-0.
Everton are moving in the right direction under the management of Brian Sørensen, there has been large improvements since the end of last season. However, this was a chance to make a statement against a top side and unfortunately Manchester United were too strong for Everton to handle.
Evertonian’s broke the record attendance again at Walton Hall Park, 1,752 fans came out to support Sørensen’s blues. Although Everton had the eagerness to produce a good result for the fans, the visiting side were not going to give up their clean sheet streak so easily.
Gabby George, Aggie Beever-Jones and Karen Holmgaard tested England International goalkeeper Mary Earps on a few occasions, however the saves were too comfortable for a goalkeeper of her quality.
Manchester United’s first goal came from a header won by Leah Galton inside the area, who then passed the ball to former Everton player, Nikita Parris. She tapped the ball into the vacant net after just 13 minutes. During the rest of the first half, Everton enjoyed positive spells of possession but were unable to find an equaliser and went into the second half a goal down.
United got their second from Leah Galton’s solo run into Everton’s half which saw the forward finish from outside the box and into the far bottom corner past Courtney Brosnan. 13 minutes later the visiting side struck again, Hayley Ladd’s shot curled into the top left corner despite Courtney Brosnan’s best efforts to block it.
Unfortunately, Everton had to finish the match with only 10 players as Katrine Veje was forced off with an injury after Brian Sørensen used up all of his substitutions.
In a post match interview, captain Izzy Christiansen stated that, “The performance was nowhere near what we had set out to do. The girls are really disappointed in the dressing room, with ourselves more than anything for not executing the game plan as we had planned during the week. It’s a tough learning curve for us and we have to pick ourselves up for next weekend.”
Everton Women are back in action in the WSL on Sunday the 6th of November, the blues are away at Brisbane Road to face Tottenham before the international break. The next time the toffee’s play at home is the 19th of November against Manchester City, tickets are on sale now.