Everton Women we’re crowned the rulers of the Merseyside Derby as they beat Liverpool Women 1-0 away at Anfield.
The win gains the Blue’s their first three points of the WSL season, and is also now their third consecutive win and clean sheet in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Captain Megan Finnigan, got the winning goal for the Blue’s. The captain scored from a header in the first half securing a well deserved victory for the Toffee’s and inflicting Liverpool their first loss of the season.
It was a nervy start for the Blue’s, as Scotland International Lucy Hope had to be subbed off due to an injury within the first few minutes. Missy Bo-Kearns had a goal ruled out for offside, the score remained 0-0. Courtney Brosnan made an outstanding save to prevent Ceri Holland from putting Liverpool in front.
Everton Women grew in confidence as the first half progressed, a chance through Nicoline Sørensen, the Danish international picked out Emma Bissell in the box, however she could not convert it towards the goal.
The Toffee’s found their footing in the match, taking the lead from a set-piece just before half time. Katrine Veje’s corner was met by Everton captain Megan Finnigan, who headed the ball into the back of the net past Rachel Laws. Opening the scoring of the game much like last season and gaining what would be the winning goal of the game.
Into the second half and Everton remained resilient in defence, relentlessly denying any opportunity for Liverpool to equalise. Everton substitute Katja Snoeijs, came close to doubling the lead on two occasions. Her first attempt forced Rachel Laws to make an impressive save and her second attempt struck the crossbar.
In the dying minutes of the game Liverpool fought for the equaliser, however the Blue’s stayed strong in defence, reinforcing their superiority in the away fixture of the derby.
Player of the match for me has to be Justine Vanhaevermaet, her tireless work ethic and commitment to the side is nothing short of incredible, a really impressive display from her at Anfield. Honourable mention to Heather Payne, who was immense throughout the whole game and had a huge impact in the overall performance.
Fantastic to see so many blues turn out to support the team at Anfield, 23,088 fans turned out to watch the Derby on Sunday evening.
Everton Women are back in WSL action this Sunday, they face Manchester United at Walton Hall Park, kick off is at 1pm. Make sure to get your tickets and get down to Walton Hall Park and show your support for the team!