If Everton’s August was guilty of a lack of goals, their September was guilty of a lack of positives.
The battling 3-2 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers got the month off to a flying start, but the momentum didn’t carry, as the Blues went on to lose their next three league games.
A 2-0 EFL Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday provided brief respite, but September will not be a month Evertonians look back on fondly, though at least the women’s team provided more to shout about, with two wins from their first three league games.
Here are the pick of the September strikes:
Richarlison v Wolverhampton Wanderers (second goal) - It had been a slow start to the season for Richarlison, but against Wolves, his campaign finally burst into life.
Having put the Blues ahead with a somewhat fortuitous goal after five minutes, the game was deadlocked at 2-2 with ten minutes left. Lucas Digne seemed to have been backed into a corner by Leander Dendoncker, but somehow found a cross, which Richarlison met with a magnificent header.
Outjumping the mountainous Willy Boly, before planting a header just out of reach of the despairing Rui Patrício, it was a perfect a header from Richarlison as it was a cross from Digne, and was worthy of being the match-winner.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin v Sheffield Wednesday (first goal) - After two chastening league defeats to Bournemouth and Sheffield United, Everton badly needed a cup win over the Blades’ neighbours, and got off to the perfect start thanks to Calvert-Lewin’s thumping finish after six minutes.
A superb ball from Djibril Sidibé picked out an unmarked Calvert-Lewin, who began his career with Sheffield United, who smashed in a half-volley past the helpless Cameron Dawson.
Calvert-Lewin added a second just four minutes to seal a pivotal 2-0 win for the Blues.
Runner-Up: Chloe Kelly v Bristol City (first goal)
After a 1-0 win away at Birmingham on the opening day, what a way to build on that with not only a 2-0 home victory against Bristol City, but two superb strikes from Chloe Kelly.
The first was all her own work. Picking up the ball from about 40 yards out, she drove fearlessly at the Bristol City defence, danced away from Gemma Evans before firing an unstoppable drive past Sophie Baggaley, off the post and into the net to put the Blues ahead just before half-time.
Winner: Chloe Kelly v Bristol City (second goal)
But the teams did not go in at the break with just one goal between them, because Kelly added an even better strike seconds later.
A lay-off from Molly Pike was all Kelly needed, hitting a rasping first-time shot perfectly into the top corner of Baggaley’s goal. The Bristol City at least dived to try and save it, but she may as well not have bothered, such was the ferocity and accuracy behind Kelly’s effort.
In a matter of minutes, she had netted two goals worthy of winning any game, and certainly outshone her male counterparts for this accolade this month.
Which was your Everton September 2019 Goal of the Month?
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Richarlison v Wolverhampton Wanderers (second goal)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin v Sheffield Wednesday (first goal)
Chloe Kelly v Bristol City (first goal)
Chloe Kelly v Bristol City (second goal)
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