City Come Unstuck Again At Toffees

Everton 3-1 Birmingham City

By Kris Goman

Above: Toni Duggan and Hanna Bennison embrace after the Swedish teenager’s first FAWSL goal. Photo: @EvertonWomen

After two rounds, neither team has recorded a win this season and both are desperate for the win and some points. Both sides have a few players returning from international duty and coming off successful matches for their respective countries.

What started as a pretty even affair in the first half with both teams scoring a single goal, ended with Everton slowly taking control and dominating in the second half to record a convincing 3-1 win.

Birmingham City kick off. A lob into the box by Aurora Galli finds Grace Clinton offside in Everton’s first foray into the box. Birmingham don’t seem to be at all intimidated by Everton and are getting plenty of early possession.

Above: All smiles as Leonie Maier celebrates her first goal for Everton. Photo: @EvertonWomen

A lobbed ball up to Izzy Christiansen sees her nudge it across to Clinton. Her shot is blocked and rebounds back to Leonie Maier. She strikes hard and the ball deflects off Harriet Scott and and it whistles past the keeper, Emily Ramsey, into goal to put Everton ahead.

City responded with a ball from midfield through to Sarah Ewans at the top of the box sees Sandy McIver come right out to block, then clear, the ball successfully. Shortly after, more pressure from the visitors allows Scott to get a shot away but it’s straight at McIver who has it under complete control.

Back down the other end quickly and Toni Duggen slips a pass through to Turner who crosses the ball. Maier connects but her header is into the side netting.

Birmingham attack again and Jade Pennock gets a ball from Lucy Quinn on the right, just outside the box. She controls it and brings it inside the box and strikes with her right, sending it across the goal to the bottom left corner, beating McIver cleanly, to even up the scores.

Above: Toni Duggan on the move for Everton. Photo: @EvertonWomen

Just before half time a cross by Kenza Dali sees Ramsey at full stretch to punch away the ball. After the break, Swedish teenage sensation Hannah Bennison comes on to replace Aurora Galli.

Very soon after the kick off, Dali sends a cross to Clinton who heads on target but straight to Ramsey, with no real power. Louise Quinn and Gabby George clash heads during a corner and both need concussion assessment.  Quinn must have received a cut above her right eye and is heavily taped up. George seems to be OK.

With just over 20 minutes left, an Everton attack down the right leads to Emslie’s cross missed by a number of attackers to then be sent out to the right by Bennison. Shortly after, Everton play through the centre to Bennison who passes to Toni Duggan. The Lioness returns the favour to Bennison who is in the open at the top of the box. She strikes true and to the top left beating Ramsey for her first FAWSL goal to re-establish Everton’s lead.

There’s nine minutes of stoppage time but one minute in, Sørenson goes down with what looks like a knee injury. She’s able to limp off with assistance but it looks very tender and Poppy Pattinson comes on as her substitute.

Above: Kenza Dali drives past Birmingham City’s Louise Quinn. Photo: @EvertonWomen

Christiansen takes a corner late in the game. She sends it towards the back post and Sevecke pops up to head it to the left post leaving Ramsey flat footed and confirming Everton’s second half dominance for her first FAWSL goal.

Teams: EVERTON: McIver, Turner, Bjorn, George, Dali, Christensen, Duggan, Emslie, Maier, Galli, Clinton. Subs: Brosnan (GK), Sevecke, Gauvin, Sørensen, Finnigan, Bennison, Pattinson.

Scorers: Maier 13′ Bennison 73′ Sevecke 90+7′

BIRMINGHAM CITY: Ramsey, Scott, Louise Quinn, Sari, Robertson, Ewens, Pennock, Finn, Lucy Quinn, Holloway, Lawley. Subs: Hourihan (GK), Smith, Whipp, Ryan-Doyle, Whelan.

Scorers: Pennock 32′

Referee: Tom Reeves.



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