Everton Women decisively beat winless Brighton 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. Last season, the Blues could not beat the Seagulls, drawing them both times they faced them, so needless to say, marked improvement continues to be made apparent by this side.
Striker Chloe Kelly has reminded us once again why she was voted WSL Player of the Month by making her way into the penalty area and coolly finishing to make it 1-0 in the second half. Kelly is currently the top goalscorer of the league, with four goals scored and 50% of her shots on target.
Everton’s second goal came not long after, a header off of a corner from defender Esme Morgan. According to BBC.com, both teams had 8 shots with 3 on target with Blues keeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela once again coming up big to make crucial saves.
Everton made all the difference by finishing their chances and they are now in 5th place.
The squad deserves celebrations like these:
Attendance was a paltry 331 and the delay in moving into their new stadium did not help matters. This match was supposed to be their first one at Walton Hall Park, however, there have been delays and there is no new official move in date set. All we know is that it will not be before December 1st, as all home games are set to take place at Southport until then.
Everton faces Manchester United November 3rd for the Continental Cup, a tournament that Chelsea manager Emma Hayes recently denounced by saying plainly, “Get rid of the Continental Cup.” The Red Devils are currently in fourth place in the league and beat Cup champions Manchester City 2-0 just last week. The Blues are in a tough group and it will be very difficult to advance to the knockout stages, but a surprise win over United would certainly help out their cause!
Everton (4-3-3): Tinja-Riikka Korpela; Esme Morgan, Kika van Es, Danielle Turner; Maeva Clemaron, Lucy Graham, Hannah Cain; Inessa Kaagman, Simone Magill, Chloe Kelly
Substitutes: Abbie-Leigh Stringer for Clemaron 59, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah for Cain 73
Substitutes not used: Kirstie Levell, Taylor Hinds, Elise Hughes, Molly Pike, Megan Finnigan