Sunday 12 March 2017

Everton maintain winning start with win at Sheffield

The Toffees remain unbeaten in the FA WSL 2 Spring Series with a precious win at Sheffield

FA WSL 2 match
14:00, Sunday 12 March 2017
Sheffield FC

Sheffield FC Ladies Goal Scorers: McCue 78'

Everton Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Walker 66'

Everton Ladies maintain their perfect record in the FA WSL 2 Spring Series, after beating Sheffield FC Ladies 2-1 at Home of Football.

The Blues made the trip to Derbyshire on the back of the victory against Watford and they remain the only team to have won all their games in the FA WSL 2 Spring Series.

Everton’s Claudia Walker opened the scoring out of nowhere midway through the second-half, she collected a throw-in on the edge of the host’s box, turned and fired the ball low into the bottom corner past Sheffield keeper Juliana Draycott.

But Sheffield got back on terms ten minutes from time. Everton centre-half Megan Finnigan misjudged a long ball under pressure from Suzanne Davies and Sherry McCue raced clear to confidently slot home.

The visitors weren’t behind for long, with their next attack they whipped a dangerous ball into the box and Sheffield full-back Ellie Gilliatt put the ball into her own net from close range as she tried to clear the cross.

The Blues travel to Millwall Lionesses on Sunday April 2 where they will have the opportunity to extend their winning run, with Sheffield making the trip south to London Bees on Saturday 1 April.

Everton Ladies captain Michelle Hinnigan said:

“It was a great overall performance from us, we were disappointed to go in at half-time 0-0 because we had about four or five opportunities but we just need to be more clinical and hit the back of the net, or even just hit the target with some of them.

“Obviously Claudia [Walker] has got on the score sheet and then the own goal which I think Claudia is trying to take but it’s definitely not her goal.

“From back to front we were brilliant, last season if we went behind we knew we had the quality in the team to go out and score another goal, I think the chances in the first half showed that. Even though we missed them it gave us confidence looking ahead to the Liverpool game next week.

Sheffield FC manager Zoe Johnson said:

“It was a massively frustrating defeat and it is one that we deserved, I can’t say we didn’t deserve it.

“Out of possession we haven’t been up for the battle, we haven’t won any first or second balls, the girls have got to really come back and show some real grit, determination and desire to get results.”

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Sheffield FC 1

McCue 78

Everton Ladies 2

Walker 67, Gilliatt OG 80

Sheffield FC (4-4-2): Juliana Draycott, Sarah Jackson, Sheary McCue, Billie Murphy, Ellie Gilliatt, Carla Ward, Rhena Lord-Mears, Hannah Cain, Lagan Makin, Chloe Dixon, Natasha Flint.

Substitutes: Hannah Dale for Flint 56, Sophie Jones for Dixon 56, Suzanne Davies Makin 77.

Substitutes not used: Claire Wallhead, Danielle Cox, Emma Lipman, Emma Johnson.

Bookings: Ellie Gilliatt 75

Red Cards: N/A

Everton (4-4-2): Kirstie Levell, Vicky Jones, Megan Finnigan, Gabby George, Danielle Turner, Kelly Jones, Michelle Hinnigan, Olivia Chance, Amber Stobbs, Claudia Walker, Emily Hollinshead.

Substitutes: N/A

Substitutes not used: Emma Doyle, Faye Bryson, Erin Staunton-Turner.

Bookings: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Referee: Lee Hibble

Attendance: 385