Everton Ladies FC
Oxford United Women
Thu 16 November 2017
Select Security Stadium
Everton are prepared for key Oxford United cup test
A win for the Toffees would put them in a strong position to progress to the knock-out stage.
Everton welcome Oxford United to the Select Security Stadium in their final group game of the FA Women’s Super League Continental Tyres Cup.
The Toffees can put themselves in a very strong position to qualify as one of the top two teams in Group Two North with a victory over United.
A win would be Everton’s third of the campaign and leave Birmingham City needing to beat Manchester City, who have two wins from two, in their final group match.
Everton have won just once in the league but have enjoyed a much more successful Continental Tyres Cup campaign with wins over Birmingham and Doncaster Rovers Belles.
They moved off the bottom of the league table on Sunday however with a 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town meaning they have won three of their last five in all competitions.
Oxford meanwhile are mid-table in FA WSL2 after a mixed campaign and are looking to end a run of heavy defeats in the cup on Thursday night.
In the Spring Series, Everton beat United 2-1 thanks to goals from Simone Magill and Kelly Jones either side of half-time proving to be enough for the points.
Ini Umotong scored a late consolation for Oxford but they slipped to an opening day defeat.
In fact, Everton have had the rub over Oxford in recent years completing the double over United in both the 2016 and 2015 seasons.
ONE TO WATCH – Chloe Kelly
Many eyes have been trained on Everton’s new signing Courtney Sweetnam-Kirk so far this season allowing Kelly’s impact to slip under the radar.
Both Sweetnam-Kirk and Kelly both scored in Everton’s victory over Yeovil at the weekend but it is the latter who has found the net most often for the Toffees this season.
She has three goals in five starts and will be a key player who Oxford will need to stop if they’re to record their first cup win of the season.
WHAT THEY SAID
Everton's Chloe Kelly said:
"We want to finish as high as we can in the Continental Tyres Cup and I think we can do well in it. Oxford will be a tough game and we need to show fight and desire and play great football.
"The pressure probably is on us but pressure is actually quite good sometimes and we thrive off it and I think we can play great football in that game and get three points.
"I'm really confident of us going through and I think we can go far because we have a great team, given great performances and in the cup we have got the points on the board.
Oxford United’s Hannah Short Oxford said:
“We’re looking to work on things and keep improving. We’ll go into this game all guns blazing, wanting to get the win and get back to winning ways.
“As a team playing football I think you want to do the best you can do. We’ve got a strong starting XI, we’ll keep on building throughout the season, and losing our last game will make us stronger.”
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Lower House Lane
From the M62
Exit at Junction 7 Take A568 dual carriageway towards Widnes (Following brown signs to Halton Stadium) Keep right after junction onto Ashley Way (A562) Take 2nd exit off roundabout (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.
From Runcorn & the South
Cross Widnes/Runcorn Bridge (A533) Follow signs to Widnes (A562) At roundabout take 3rd exit towards Widnes Town Centre Take first left following brown signs to Halton Stadium (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.
From Liverpool Airport
Take Speke Road (A562) and follow signs for Widnes (A562) Following brown signs to Halton Stadium Take 1st exit off roundabout (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.
By public transport
Widnes train station is less than 1 mile to Select Security Stadium Halton Runcorn train station is less than 2 miles away Widnes bus route map and bus timetables Stadium offers secure bicycle facilities on both non-matchdays and on matchdays