Everton Women’s Continental League Cup match against Championship side, Sheffield United ended in a 3-0 victory for the Toffee’s.
The blue’s dominated in large periods of the match, seeing plenty of the ball throughout the opening half, wanting to showcase their talents following their previous defeat to Manchester City. However, Sheffield United remained strong in defence in the first half.
Everton imposed themselves as a threat to the hosts defence early on, Gabby George was the first to strike an effort towards the goal within the first 6 minutes however the shot was blocked and on the rebound she was only able to hit the side netting. Karen Holmgaard caused danger in the penalty area, getting on the end of Aggie Beever-Jones’ cross but her header was sent wide of the post.
Katja Snoeijs was the player to break the deadlock in the second half, getting her first goal for the blue’s. Lucy Graham caused attacking pressure on the Championship side, this allowed the striker to run through on goal and slot the ball into the far corner of the net.
Brian Sørensen made a few substitutions in the game, the first being Megan Finnigan, who looked in some discomfort, leaving the pitch after half time for Aurora Galli. A triple substitution was made just after Snoeijs’ goal, Aggie Beever-Jones, goalscorer Katja Snoeijs and Elise Stenevik were replaced on the pitch by Gio, Leonie Maier and Hanna Bennison.
The three substitutes made an impressive impact on the game. Hanna Bennison, just 10 minutes after coming on, intercepted a pass in the United half while the home side played out from the back. The Swedish International controlled the ball before firing it into the back of the net.
Gio advanced down the left wing before slipping past United’s defenders in the box and pulling the ball back for Jess Park, who sent the ball into the back of the net gaining Everton’s third goal of the game and her second for the toffee’s.
The final substitution of the game brought defender Kenzie Weir onto the pitch replacing Karen Holmgaard.
In an interview with Sarah Halpin, Jess Park conveyed that Everton are “getting there with how we want to play” and that she likes “the formation, that we play, getting on the ball”. The city loanee also stated that “the girls give me confidence to go out on the pitch and perform to the best of my ability”. When asked about the travelling support for the game the winger was extremely thankful, “It’s great to see so many of our supporters come along to our away games, too. Thank you as always to them, they help us in difficult games to lift the mood and push us on”.
Everton Women are back in action in the WSL on Saturday the 3rd of December, away to Arsenal, kick off is at 2pm. They are back at Walton Hall Park on the 17th of December to face Durham in the Continental Cup. Tickets are on sale now.