Everton Ladies came back from being a goal down to draw 1-1 with their Merseyside rivals.
After a goalless first half that was dominated by Liverpool, Manager Andy Spence had words with his side during half time.
Captain Dan Turner told the WSL website: “The manager said at half time that he was not very happy with our performance. By our own high standards it was not good enough, own ball retention was poor and we were not good enough all over the pitch.”
About a minute into the second half, Liverpool’s Laura Coombs made it 1-0.
Spence made three changes later in the game and credits Everton’s three “outstanding” subs (Brett, Marthe Munsterman, and Taylor Hinds) with changing the outcome.
Midfielder Jodie Brett scored the equaliser in the 65th minute and the Blues were able to dominate possession and came away with a point.
Too bad this match wasn’t televised but their (0-2) season opener against Liverpool was — a game Gabby George described as “one of [Everton’s] poorest performances of the season” — because by all accounts it was an entertaining derby that showed the Toffee’s improvement.
Let’s compare the stats between the two derbies:
September 22nd: Everton 38%, Liverpool 62%
April 29th: Everton 55%, Liverpool 45%
September 22nd: Everton 5, Liverpool 25
April 29th: Everton 4, Liverpool 15
September 22nd: Everton 11, Liverpool 7
April 29th: Everton 6, Liverpool 8
The numbers don’t lie! Up the Toffees!
Woman of the Match
Chloe Kelly had a few close calls and Faye Bryson was a hero when she stopped Caroline Weir’s shot from going in but Jodie Brett deserves Woman of the Match for her equaliser.
Next up for the Blues:
Everton play Bristol City Sunday at 12:30pm.