Five-star Everton too strong for Sunderland
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Danielle Turner both bag doubles in FA WSL 1 victory
FA WSL 1 match
14:00, Sunday 10 December 2017
Select Security Stadium
Everton Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Boye-Hlorkah 36', Sweetman - Kirk 39',51', Turner 55',89'
Sunderland AFC Ladies Goal Scorers: Galloway 90+2'
Courtney-Sweetman-Kirk and Danielle Turner both bagged doubles to help Everton to a convincing FA WSL 1 victory over Sunderland in wintery conditions.
The only top-flight match to survive the big freeze took place on an artificial surface at the Select Security Stadium that ensured the snow was more an inconvenience than a show-stopper.
Sunderland came out of the traps early. Lone striker Bridget Galloway fed Mollie Lambert whose toe-poke was straight at Elizabeth Durack.
The away side’s endeavour was short lived as Everton began to take over.
They were struggling to break down an organised Sunderland defence marshaled by Victoria Williams. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah soon did just that.
She bustled her way into the penalty area, charged down an Ellie Stewart clearance and drilled a fine strike home past the outstretched right hand of Laws.
Everton added their second minutes later when Hayley Sharp was caught in possession right in front of her goal. Sweetman-Kirk pounced and finished underneath Laws.
The moment of the match came shortly after the break. Siri Worm played a measured ball to captain Danielle Turner and her inch-perfect cross was turned in by Sweetman-Kirk to bag her second.
Turner then scored a wonder goal of her own as her cross-cum-shot from the left drifted over Laws and into the top corner. Only she will know if it was intentional.
The home side were rampant. Jodie Brett struck the post and Turner netted her second in the closing stages. Galloway’s neat finish was little more than a consolation for the visitors.
Danielle Turner, Everton captain and double goalscorer said:
"We knew it was going to be tough, we pride ourselves on getting a good start, I think we did that. We didn't want to rush getting the first goal but once we did it settled us down a bit and we were happy to go in at two-nil at half-time.”
“But we knew they would still make us work and we still had a job to do. I think second half we were clinical and punished them and we deserved a win in the end."
“To be honest I called that I was going to score one like that before the game. It is my speciality. It went in, so I’m calling it a shot. Nice to see the back of the net and nice to play higher forward for me.
“The second one on my right foot which is my weaker one was nice.“
Kasia Lipka, Sunderland midfielder said:
“We did well against Liverpool midweek with a diamond midfield so stuck to the same game plan hoping it was going to work and we didn’t want to do anything different.
“We managed to get some good passes off and find and few players but mainly stick to what we are good at, but with that similar game plan it just didn’t come off today.
“My role was to sit in midfield and break things up and shield the defence from their number nine or ten.
“It was frustrating to concede two sloppy goals at the end of the first half and it was just frustrating because we just weren’t good enough today.
“The surface had nothing to do with it, we aren’t looking for excuses. It’s a big pitch and we could have used it better. The weather was the same for both teams, we just weren’t good enough.”
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Everton (2) 5
Boye-Hlorkah 36, Sweetnam-Kirk 39, 51, Turner 55, 88
Sunderland (0) 1
Everton (4-2-3-1): Elizabeth Durack; Faye Bryson, Siri Worm; Georgie Brougham, Gabrielle George; Angharad James, Jodie Brett; Danielle Turner ©, Simone Magill, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah; Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
Substitutes: Marthe Munsterman for Magill 68, Olivia Chance for Boye-Hlorkah 68, Mollie Green for Sweetnam-Kirk 68
Substitutes not used: Kirstie Levell, Chloe Kelly.
Red Cards: None
Sunderland (5-4-1): Rachael Laws; Kylla Sjoman, Ellie Stewart, Victoria Williams, Hayley Sharp, Zanetta Wyne; Lucy Staniforth ©, Dominique Bruinenberg, Zanetta Wyne, Mollie Lambert; Bridget Galloway.
Substitutes: Keira Ramshaw for Lambert 45, Rachel Pitman for Sjoman 45, Danielle Brown for Sharp 68.
Substitutes not used: Sophy Stonehouse, Simona Koren, Abbey Joice.
Red Cards: None
Referee: Dean Watson