A battling display from Everton secured them a point away in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. The hosts have had an impressive opening to their WSL campaign heading into the game.
In a change to the lineup, Justine Vanhaevermaet played a different position and did a fantastic job filling in at centre of defence after an injury to Nathalie Bjorn. An illness also ruled out Nicoline Sørensen from the starting 11.
Courtney Brosnan was called into action early on, and both teams got off to a flying start. The Ireland international was pushed by opportunities from Drew Spence and Celin Bizet to demonstrate why she is her country’s best custodian with a string of stunning saves.
Spurs’ impressive build-up in the first half saw the Toffees fall behind at the interval, despite their outstanding first-half performance. The host gave Courtney Brosnan no chance as former Blue, Grace Clinton met Drew Spence’s cross after some one-touch football from Tottenham down the right wing.
Courtney Brosnan was the busier of the two keepers in the second half. Grace Clinton attempted to extend the lead, as did Martha Thomas, the Women’s Super League’s top goalscorer, but Ireland’s goalkeeper was in outstanding form.
As the game wore on, Everton Women grew in confidence and became more of an attacking force. Being rewarded in the 85th minute when Heather Payne was fouled inside the box. From 12 yards out, Aurora Galli produced a flawless drive that won the battling Toffees a point on the road.
Player of the match for me has to be Courtney Brosnan, solid in goal, incredible in dealing with crosses and prevented us from conceding further on a few occasions with fine saves.
Everton Women will face Manchester United in the Continental Cup next, they play at Leigh Sports Village on Thursday the 9th of November, kick off is at 7pm. They are back in WSL action on Sunday the 12th, when they face reigning champions Chelsea at home. Make sure to get your tickets and get down to Walton Hall Park!