After the huge disappointment of the Goodison Park derby being called off due to Storm Ciara, Everton Women are experiencing a bit of bad luck lately. Their last match ended in a shocking 1-0 loss to 9th place Brighton and the one before that was an underwhelming 1-0 Cup win against Championship team London Bees.
And then yesterday, after what had looked to be a promising first half away at The Hive with a 2-0 lead over Tottenham Hotspur provided by Chloe Kelly and Inessa Kaagman, the Blues allowed the hosts to rally and come back to draw 2-2 in the second half.
What a hit! @Chloe_Kelly98 opens the scoring for @EvertonWomen!#EVETOT #BarclaysFAWSL pic.twitter.com/XSfa3Fn2H4— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) February 12, 2020
Manager Willie Kirk went with the usual defenders Dan Turner and Gabby George in the lineup and choose to give Finnish keeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela a start after choosing new signing Sandy MacIver in goal for the past two matches.
Everton (4-3-3): Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Danielle Turner, Gabrielle George, Simone Magill, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, Inessa Kaagman, Chloe Kelly, Lucy Graham, Megan Finnigan, Maeva Clemaron, Esme Morgan
Spurs Rosella Ayane was shown a red card for violent conduct in the 77th minute after kicking out in frustration from a heavy challenge. Tottenham head coach Juan Amoros told FAWSL.com after the game that he thought the red card was unwarranted:
“I think both teams played fair. I need to see what happened with the red card because it was a bad challenge from the opposition but the player sent off was ours.”
Despite being a player down, Spurs equalized with a free kick only one minute later. What a way to go down too. Check out this long range goal from Emma Mitchell to make it 2-2:
A @SpursWomen leveller and in stunning fashion!— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) February 12, 2020
What a strike from @emsmitch3...#TOTEVE #BarclaysFAWSL pic.twitter.com/n1nhZMb4Qa
According to BBC.com, possession was about even between the two teams and Everton Women took a whopping 20 shots with 7 of them on target while the Spurs took 7 shots with only 2 on target.
With the draw, Everton Women moved down one place from 5th to 6th and the Spurs are now right behind them at 7th.
This wasn’t the Blues’ day but hopefully things will improve in time for their league debut at their new home stadium, Walton Hall Park, on 23 February against Manchester United.