Everton’s first outing in the 2022/23 Women’s Super League season under new manager Brian Sørensen ended in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United, away at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
The blue’s defence looked stronger than ever in the first half, with the hugely experienced Danish defender Katrine Veje showcasing her skills and last year’s player of the season Gabby George proving once again why she is such a vital player for the toffee’s.
Everton started the game well, an early corner was met with a powerful header from captain Lucy Graham however her chance was stopped by West Ham keeper Mackenzie Arnold. West Ham responded to Everton’s strong start by coming close to goal on multiple occasions, their efforts were stopped by Courtney Brosnan who displayed some stunning saves throughout the match.
The only goal of the game came at the brink of half time for West Ham from a corner, Scotland International Lisa Evans scoring from close range after a battle at the goalmouth.
Brian Sørensen looked to try and change the game in the second half by bringing on three substitutes, Izzy Christiansen, Jess Park, and our latest recruit Gio. However, after many chances and blocked attempts the match ended in defeat.
Many positives from a disappointing defeat, Aggie Beever-Jones looks like she will be an incredible player for us and be a key part of the Everton team this season. Courtney Brosnan made so many incredible saves during the match, showing just how talented she is. Gabby George made crucial blocks and tackles through out the game to deny West Ham getting through on goal.
Everton Women are back in the WSL next Sunday for the Merseyside derby at Anfield, hoping for a win against the newly promoted side, kick off is at 6.45pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.