Everton hit their groove in Continental Tyres Cup victory
Two early goals set the Toffees on their way to an impressive win at Doncaster Rovers Belles
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match
19:30, Thursday 12 October 2017
Everton Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Kelly 6', Munsterman 86'
Everton picked up their first win of the season as a 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles saw their FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup campaign get off to a flying start
Goals inside the first 25 minutes put Andy Spence’s side in control, Chloe Kelly opening the scoring with a precise finish through the legs of Juliana Draycott after just six minutes at the Keepmoat.
Despite now being a tier lower than their former FA WSL 2 rivals, the Belles did have chances of their own, Jess Sigsworth failing to connect with Sophie Barker’s cross before hitting a volley just over.
But Everton took control of the game soon after when a corner missed former Belles striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, leaving home captain Leandra Little to helplessly divert the ball into her own net.
With the visitors on, the second half produced little in the way of chances until the final 20 minutes, when Sigsworth forced a save from Kirstie Levell with a stinging drive.
The chance gave Everton the wake up required, Danielle Turner forced Draycott into a save, before Simone Magill struck the post with a driving effort from the edge of the box.
Magill was then denied by a goal-line clearance from Rachel Newborough, before substitute Marthe Munsterman hammered home her first Everton goal from the edge of the box to wrap things up.
In a group that also includes both of last year's finalists, Manchester City and Birmingham City, it was a priceless three points for the FA WSL 1 newcomers to open their Continental Tyres Cup campaign.
Doncaster Rovers Belles manager Emma Coates said:
"The early goal didn’t help us and it put us on the back foot straight away.
"Organisation wise, I thought we got it right if I’m being honest, the individual application and effort perhaps wasn’t there. We changed things at half time and the effort was there and if we’d matched that in the first half I think the result would have been different.
"But it is what it is, when you go 2-0 down against an FA WSL 1 side you’re always up against it. We had chances but you create your own luck, we had a bit more momentum in the second half and that’s when you have to put the ball in the back of the goal.
"It’s something we’ll reflect on and we’ll work on, we’re undefeated in the league but disappointed not to take three points from all three games, so for me moving forward now it’s about me leaving the club in the best position after the next league game."
Everton manager Andy Spence said:
"I want my team to do so well and show what they do in training, I said to my girls at the end that we’ve played three big games in the league and certainly against Birmingham and Manchester City we were outstanding. We deserved a win.
"That’s no disrespect to Doncaster but I know where our game is at and we really look a good side when we knit all the parts together.
"It’s a clean sheet, Kirstie Levell has come in and done well, I’m delighted for Marthe to get her first goal and all the squad pretty much has got minutes in the first four games. It gives me decision problems for the Arsenal game now.
"The quick start was important and we’ve not done that apart from the City game. It’s important because once the girls get up and get possession we look good, I’m really pleased with how they’ve done tonight."
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Doncaster Belles 0
Kelly 6, Little (OG) 23, Munsterman 86
Doncaster Belles (4-1-4-1): Jules Draycott; Rachel Newborough, Rhiannon Roberts, Leandra Little, Maz Pacheco; Samantha Tierney; Sophie Barker, Emily Simpkins; Sophie Walton, Christie Murray; Jessica Sigsworth
Substitutes: Rebecca Rayner for Walton 60, Kirsty Hanson for Barker 66
Substitutes not used: Bethan Davies, Monique Watson, Olivia Cook, Izzy Whittle, Eleanor Ciesielski
Red Cards: None
Everton (4-2-3-1): Kirstie Levell; Faye Bryson, Georgia Brougham, Gabby George, Danielle Turner; Megan Finnigan, Olivia Chance; Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Simone Magill, Chloe Kelly; Claudia Walker
Substitutes: Martha Munsterman for Walker 64, Jodie Brett for Chance 81, Siri Worm for Magill 87
Substitutes not used: Lizzie Durack, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah
Red Cards: None
Referee: Luke Watson