Sunday 16 April 2017

Mollie Green relishing life with Everton after triumph

The Toffees beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Easter Sunday in the FA WSL Spring Series

FA WSL 2 match
14:00, Sunday 16 April 2017
Select Security Stadium

Everton Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Magill 38', Walker 67', Bryson 75'

Faye Bryson came off the bench to score her first goal of the season as Everton returned to winning ways and ended Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series.

Bryson’s goal added to earlier strikes by Simone Magill and Claudia Walker as Everton bounced back from defeat to Millwall last time out.

After a slow start, Everton stepped it up on the half-hour mark and Michelle Hinnigan’s long-distance half-volley brought a diving save from Chloe Beattie.

Mollie Green and Walker both shot straight at Beattie minutes later, and the pressure soon paid off.

Hinnigan won possession in the middle on 38 minutes and Magill, 20 yards out, let the loose ball drop before firing into the top of the net.

Everton almost doubled their lead on 62 minutes, when Gabby George’s cross came back off the crossbar, hit Megan Finnigan, cannoned into the bar again and somehow bounced clear.

But their luck evened out just six minutes later when Walker’s right-wing cross drifted straight into the far corner to double the lead.

Bryson sealed victory on 76 minutes, receiving the ball from Hinnigan before unleashing a fierce shot from a tight angle which left Beattie no chance.

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Everton’s Mollie Green, making her home debut after joining from Liverpool last month, said:

“It was a really good performance. We had to bounce back from last week, which we all knew.

“We scored a few goals but I think we could have actually scored a lot more. But the important point for us was we also kept a clean sheet – that was our aim.

“We knew if we got our defensive responsibilities right then our technical ability would shine through and it did.

“Again, I do think we could have scored more goals although it was 3-0, but we got the result and got the job done. Today was about getting the three points so we can build on that going forwards.

“I’ve loved it at Everton so far. I’ve settled in really well, and the girls have welcomed me with open arms, and Andy Spence has also done the same.

“But I think the more games I play, the more I’m in training, the more confidence I will get and the more I’ll be able to contribute on a personal level.”

Aston Villa skipper Beth Merrick added:

“Over the years we’ve always had very good battles with Everton, they tend to be close games.

“They were the better team but we were very poor on a bad day for the side – we haven’t played that badly in a long time, and it was every single player who had a bad game.

“We’ve been trying to pinpoint why, and it’s something we need to bounce back from immediately, but there just wasn’t enough application and desire from us which is really disappointing. As a captain, that’s not nice to see.

“Losing our unbeaten run was always going to happen at some point, but we’re not happy with the way that it did end.

“We’ve come up against stern tests so far, but Everton are a massively different challenge and unfortunately they were right on their game and we were as far away from ours as we could be.

“We were chasing shadows.”

Everton 3

Magill 38, Walker 68, Bryson 76

Aston Villa 0

Everton (3-4-1-2): Kirstie Levell; Gabby George, Megan Finnigan, Georgia Brougham; Vicky Jones, Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones, Danielle Turner; Mollie Green; Simone Magill, Claudia Walker

Substitutes: Faye Bryson for Green 73, Olivia Chance for V.Jones 73, Emily Hollinshead for Magill 83

Substitutes not used: Amber Stobbs

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Aston Villa (3-1-4-2): Chloe Beattie; Elisha N’Dow, Jade Richards, Aoife Hurley; Chloe Jones; Beth Merrick, Lucy Porter, Maddie Cusack, Lucy Shepherd; Kerri Welsh, Natasha Baptiste

Substitutes: Mollie Rouse for Cusack 58, Alys Hinchcliffe for Welsh 58, Alice Hassall for Shepherd 73

Substitutes not used: N/A

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Referee: Steven Copeland

Attendance: 344