Snow fell in England on Sunday, causing four WSL games to be called off. The Everton Ladies could not be stopped as their home game went ahead, but the Sunderland Ladies probably wish it would’ve been cancelled.
Woso journalist Kieran Theivam pointed out the irony of the only top flight game being played was on the artificial turf at Select Security Stadium:
There's an irony that the most scrutinised stadium / pitch in the league in Widnes, is the only one in the top division able to host a game today.— Kieran Theivam (@KiersTheivam) December 10, 2017
Start season in August, have a longer winter break, come back in the New Year.#FAWSL
The cold weather didn’t stop coach Andy Spence from donning his signature shorts on the sideline. He started goalkeeper Lizzie Durack and went with Faye Bryson, Siri Worm, and Jodie Brett while top goal scorer Chloe Kelly was on the bench.
Playing in a winter wonderland, the Toffees scored five goals, each as beautiful and unique as a snowflake.
Chaney Boye-Hlorkah started the goal scoring in the 36th minute with lovely footwork:
Footwork ☑️— The FA WSL (@FAWSL) December 10, 2017
Great work by @ChaneyBhlorkah to put @EvertonLadies ahead! pic.twitter.com/e6gcqfkZJy
Nice finish from striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to make it 2-0 only a few minutes later:
2️⃣ goals in 4️⃣ minutes as @_CSK9 doubles @EvertonLadies’ lead! pic.twitter.com/rDk7FdpyP9— The FA WSL (@FAWSL) December 10, 2017
Great teamwork shown as Dan Turner serves a wonderful assist to Sweetman-Kirk to make it 3-0:
That’s 2️⃣ for @_CSK9 and 3️⃣ for @EvertonLadies, who are well in control here pic.twitter.com/ltHQyWboGr— The FA WSL (@FAWSL) December 10, 2017
Captain Dan Turner with a stunner (4-0):
Another one! @danturner11 deceives everyone (including our cameraman!) to make it 4️⃣ for @EvertonLadies pic.twitter.com/WsU4sAbT07— The FA WSL (@FAWSL) December 10, 2017
Dan Turner’s second goal, cool as a cucumber making it 5-0:
Nothing flukey this time, @danturner11 pic.twitter.com/8Lo7cOl9gl— The FA WSL (@FAWSL) December 10, 2017
Sunderland scored in the final minutes of the game to make it 5-1.
Woman of the Match
There were so many stars in this game it’s hard to pick just one but captain Dan Turner stood out with her two goals and a great assist. Her pre-game visualizations could explain her composure on the pitch:
“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.“
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk impressed as well and it should be noted that Simone Magill had three assists.
| Scoring in the snow! #COYBG— Everton Ladies (@EvertonLadies) December 11, 2017
Watch as the Blue Girls put 5️⃣ past Sunderland yesterday... pic.twitter.com/eKhnjMn6e7
Everton: 16 (10 on target)
Sunderland: 12 (7 on target)
The win has moved Everton Ladies up to 6th place. The last game of the year for Everton will be their Continental Cup quarterfinal against Reading on December 16th.
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, Olivia Chance, Mollie Green
Subs not used: Kirstie Levell, Chloe Kelly.