Everton concluded their first half of the season with an impressive 3-0 win over London side, Tottenham Hotspur.
As Katja Snoeijs and Gio scored their first goals in the Women’s Super League. The Blues put in an outstanding away performance. Jess Park put in another impressive display with the youngster scoring her fourth goal in the royal blue jersey.
Early on in the game, Brian Sorensen’s team made their intentions clear, and their intense pressing made it very difficult for the hosts to maintain a meaningful period of possession.
Everton were precise with their passing when the ball was won, and it was a nice move that resulted in the game’s first goal.
Hanna Bennison played the ball down the right wing for Nicoline Sørensen, who was making her first start since coming back from injury. She put in a fantastic low cross which Snoeijs expertly guided home to give the Toffee’s the lead.
Everton Women continued to be the more dominant side, having numerous chances to score and appeared to be the favourites to do so.
However, Spurs showed they still had the ability to pose a threat to the Toffees’ defence despite the blues comfort in possession . Ashleigh Neville got clear down the left and delivered a beautiful ball into the box, Drew Spence rose highest to head the ball toward goal but her shot went straight into the palms of Emily Ramsey.
This moment of alarm appeared to motivate the travelling side even more, as Everton’s relentless pressure on the Tottenham defence caused their goalkeeper Becky Spencer to make a mistake that almost resulted in a second.
The goalkeeper cleared the ball however to our advantage it landed at the feet of Hanna Bennison, who passed it to Nicoline Sørensen, who set up Lucy Graham for a shot from distance, her strike was sent wide.
Just a few minutes later another error by the Spur’s goalkeeper, which this time cost her team dearly. Everton doubled their lead after the goalkeeper hesitated to clear the ball long, allowing Park to quickly pounce in the penalty area, intercept her clearance and score.
After that, defender Gabby George came close to scoring the third goal when she cut in and sent a low shot from a distance toward the bottom corner that was well saved.
In the last seconds of the half, Tottenham attempted to comeback and produced a few half-chances, but Ramsey hardly seemed worried and made some comfortable saves.
The hosts carried on from where they left off at the start of the second half, throwing everything they had left at the game by getting numbers forward to try and pose a threat to the Toffee’s defence. However, they were met with a resilient Everton defence and couldn’t find a route back into the game.
Chelsea loanee, Aggie Beever-Jones, replace goalscorer Katja Snoeijs after the 60 minute mark.
When Sørensen delivered a good ball from a free-kick into the penalty area with 15 minutes remaining, substitute Beever-Jones connected with a header, but Spencer dropped low to deny the Blues forward. This was Everton’s first significant opportunity of the second half.
As the game moved closer to its conclusion, Nicoline Sørensen and Hanna Bennison were replaced by Gio and then Izzy Christiansen, who entered the action to try and gain a third goal to kill the game.
In the 90th minute, Gio’s quick feet attracted a careless challenge from Ashleigh Neville that ended in a straight red, leaving Tottenham Hotspur down to 10 players.
Gio finished off a strong cameo performance by slamming in a half-volley with seconds left, allowing the Blues to capitalise on their numerical advantage and seal a successful night for the Toffee’s.
In an interview with EvertonTV, manager Brian Sørensen stated that “It puts us in a good position now, we have one game in hand. The January schedule looks good for us, playing teams around us, so if we can keep doing this, then it’s all going in the right direction.”
Hanna Bennison was phenomenal in this match, one of the best performances we’ve seen from her all season. Great to see Gio and Katja Snoeijs get their first goals in WSL too.
The 3 points mean the Toffee’s jump to 6th on the WSL table, over taking both Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Everton take on Durham for their last game of 2022 at home in the Continental Cup, this Saturday the 17th of December.