Striker Claudia Walker put the Toffees up 1-0 in the fifth minute with a brilliant goal from 25 yards.
What ensued was a wild 20 minutes which saw Man City go up 3-1 with goals from Steph Houghton, Nikkita Parris, and Pauline Bremer.
The game was wide open and Everton was able to show real quality on the counter attack.
The match then came to a crashing halt when Everton defender Gabby George made a legal tackle on Pauline Bremer, causing her to go down. She required medical attention before going off on a stretcher, which could mean a season-ending injury.
Word has it, it was a horrific leg break:
Told Nikita Parris was physically sick when she saw Bremer injury. Does not sound good. Would suggest a broken leg rather than ACL. https://t.co/EJq4UNDJBF— Kieran Theivam (@KiersTheivam) October 7, 2017
There was a lot of debate that the poor quality of the 3G turf pitch at Select Security Stadium was the main cause of the injury.
England international players Lucy Bronze and Claire Rafferty know from personal experience that the pitch is a tough one:
Challenge was strong..but the pitch is awful!! Big factor in the injury, bounce of the ball is dreadful.— Lucy Bronze (@LucyBronze) October 7, 2017
Wishing Pauline a speedy recovery https://t.co/kCc6RE7ZFW
That pitch is more than awful ♀️ https://t.co/YivkBzZ9y2— Claire Rafferty (@clrafferty1) October 7, 2017
There was 10 minutes of stoppage time added to the game for the injury.
The scorer of the fastest international women’s goal in the world, Simone Magill, scored Everton’s second goal in the 65th minute.
The two Everton goal scorers, Magill and Walker, could be tied for Women of the Match, with plenty of excellent link ups between the two.
There was a noticeably vocal presence from the visiting fans who toughed it out in the rain. The game was also broadcast live on Facebook, which had an upwards of 3,500 viewers.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk showed an excellent work rate as she chased after difficult balls, but it would be interesting to see her play higher up the pitch at her more natural position.
- Possession: 61% Man City, 39% Everton
- Everton had 10 shots (4 on target)
- Man City had 16 shots (12 on target)
Everton are improving with each game. Scoring two goals against the WSL 2016 Champs is a very big positive for the newly brought up team.
Their next game is October 12th against Doncaster Rovers Belles and the squad will be desperate for their first win.
Everton Ladies (4-2-3-1):Elizabeth Durack; Faye Bryson, Georgie Brougham, Gabrielle George, Danielle Turner; Jodie Brett, Olivia Chance; Claudia Walker, Simone Magill, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah; Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
Substitutes: Angrahad James for Brett, Siri Worm for Boye-Hlorkhah
Yellow Card: Chance
Manchester City Women (4-1-3-2): Marie Hourihan; Abbie McManus, Steph Houghton, Megan Campbell, Demi Stokes; Kiera Walsh; Claire Emslie, Izzy Christiansen, Nikita Parris; Pauline Bremer, Jane Ross
Substitutes: Georgia Stanway for Bremer, Jennifer Beattie for Campbell, Mel Lawley for Emslie
Coach Andy Spence responded to criticism about Everton’s pitch on Twitter:
Still, some players reportedly dread playing on that pitch:
Rafferty said last year she couldn't play there due to her ACL past. Know a few other players with similar cases too.— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) October 7, 2017
Lucy Bronze believes that with the WSL going full-time, the quality of facilities and other resources should increase:
.. the league going bigger and full time?? Yet can't get the standard of refs, facilities or an ambulance pitch side... priorities??— Lucy Bronze (@LucyBronze) October 7, 2017
The debate continues!