The blues were handed their 3rd consecutive home defeat of the season on Saturday when Manchester City visited a sold out Walton Hall Park and claimed all three points with a 2-1 victory.
Everton’s goal came from a corner on the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal and headed into the back of the net by defender, Rikke Sevecke. The Toffee’s did have chances throughout the game and the introduction of substitutes Aggie Beever-Jones and Gio made an impact later on.
The visitors started off strongly, forcing goalkeeper Emily Ramsey into action within the first minute. The Manchester United loanee made a fantastic save to deny former Everton player Chloe Kelly from netting the first goal of the game.
Manchester City grew in confidence, taking control of the ball in the opening 10 minutes of the game. The Toffee’s defended incredibly to restrict the Manchester side.
Just after the 30 minute mark, the travelling side found a breakthrough from striker Khadija Shaw came up one on one against goalkeeper Emily Ramsey, who tried to close down the angle and restrict the forward. However, Shaw decided to play in Julie Blackstad who sent the ball into the vacant net to give Manchester City the 1-0 lead.
An immediate response from the Toffee’s, just eight minutes after City gained the lead, Rikke Sevecke took advantage of City’s poor defending of Elise Stenevik’s corner and headed the ball to give Everton the equaliser.
Going into the second half, Aggie Beever-Jones was substituted on in replace of Karen Holmgaard. Again, Manchester City started the half brightly, calling Emily Ramsey into action to block Shaw’s low effort.
In the 49th minute, Khadija Shaw tapped Laura Coombs’ effort from off the post into the back of the Blue’s net, restoring the lead for City.
From then on, the game opened up with both teams creating chances. However, it was City that came the closest to getting another goal, a goal line clearance from Everton goalscorer Rikke Sevecke denied Laura Coombs from hitting the back of the net.
Brian Sørensen made two other substitutions, bringing on Gio and Clare Wheeler in the place of Aurora Galli and Hanna Bennison. They made an instant impact on the team, the blue’s continued to push for an equaliser and came close with Aggie Beever-Jones. The ball was played through to the Chelsea loanee who drove down the left side before weaving through the City players and firing the ball towards goal which was blocked for an Everton corner.
Aurora Galli, Elise Stenevik and Rikke Sevecke all had very good games and played well. Great to see Sevecke get her first goal of the season for the Toffee’s as well.
Everton Women are back in action on Saturday the 26th of November against Sheffield United in the Cup. They are back at Walton Hall Park on the 17th of December, kick off is at 5.30pm and tickets are on sale now.