Bristol City hosted Everton Ladies at Stoke Gifford Stadium and kicked off 2018 on the right step, scoring after only ten minutes. The Toffees seemed uncharacteristically out of rhythm the whole first half.
Seventeen year old Lauren Hemp scored both goals for the Vixens.
The first goal was a dart into the top corner over goalkeeper Lizze Durack:
Hemp’s second goal was off of a penalty conceded by Chaney Boye-Hlorkah.
Andy Spence made a change 15 minutes into the second half which helped liven up the Blues. Mollie Green subbed in and the formation changed to a 3-4-1-2. Soon after, Everton won a corner, with defender Georgia Brougham getting the last touch on it to score.
Soon after, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk scored off of a Chloe Kelly assist but it was ruled offside.
With the loss, Everton move two spots down the table to 8th while Bristol City move up to 7th.
Midfielder Megan Finnigan was disappointed, to say the least:
”It was really disappointing considering how well we had started in the first half of the season - I don’t think we deserved to get the three points.
”We started the game too slowly - normally we try and get on the front foot - and there were times when we could have played but didn’t do it. I think we gave Bristol too much respect.”
Woman of the Match: Georgia Brougham
Possession 58% Everton, 42% Bristol City
Shots: 7 Everton, 13 Bristol City
Shots on Target: 1 Everton, 5 Bristol City
Everton (4-4-2): Lizzie Durack; Chaney Boye-Hlorkah, Georgia Brougham, Gabby George, Siri Worm; Angharad James, Megan Finnigan, Jodie Brett, Danielle Turner; Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Chloe Kelly
Subs: Simone Magill (for Worm), Mollie Green (for Boye-Hlorkah), Olivia Chance (for Brett)
Everton plays WSL 1 heavyweights Chelsea on January 28th, which will be broadcast live on BBC.
Come on You Blue Girls!