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Everton Women cough up two-goal lead in draw with Spurs

A bit of a wild ride at The Hive for the Blues

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Gabby George of Everton tackles Rosella Ayana of Tottenham at The Hive on February 12, 2020 in Barnet, United Kingdom.
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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.

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.”

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Rosella Ayana (L) of Tottenham is given a red card by referee Ryan Atkin during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at The Hive on February 12, 2020 in Barnet, United Kingdom.
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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:

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.

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Everton’s goalkeeper Tinja-Rikka Korpela is beaten from a free kick by Tottenham Hotspur women’s Emma Mitchell (out of picture) - The Hive Stadium
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