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Everton Women 0-5 Manchester United: WSL Match Recap

Ruthless finishing stuns Blues

Everton FC v Manchester United - Barclays Women´s Super League Photo by Emma Simpson - Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images

Everton Women’s search for a first home win of the WSL season goes on as Manchester United returned to winning ways at Walton Hall Park.

The Blues will have considered themselves unfortunate going in at half time a goal down thanks to a Melvine Malard header, with Nicoline Sorensen and Hanna Bennison both forcing saves from Mary Earps.

But a second 45 of ruthless finishing from the visitors, with former Blue Nikita Parris and Rachel Williams both netting braces, ensured the points would be heading down the East Lancs Road.

Fresh from their derby triumph a week ago Brian Sorensen made two changes to the side who won at Anfield, with Katja Snoeijs and Clare Wheeler - who replaced the injured Lucy Hope in the victory over Liverpool - both starting from the off.

A cagey opening saw few chances, but it was Courtney Brosnan who was tested first. The Blues stopper repelled a Malard effort as Marc Skinner’s side were the quicker of the two to settle.

Everton FC v Manchester United - Barclays Women´s Super League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

The Blues soaked up the pressure and fashioned a chance of their own on 12 minutes, Sorensen was played through with just Earps to beat, but the Dane’s effort went over the bar.

Then United struck through Malard two minutes later. The French star’s well-placed header was enough to beat Brosnan and give her side the lead.

Everton had two chances to level late in the half but found Earps in a stubborn mood. First the England international denied Bennison from range, before cleaning up her own mess when Sorensen intercepted her pass and forced the stopper into a low save to deny the forward’s powerful shot.

The second half was a lesson in finishing for Everton. First Parris met Katie Zelem’s dangerous ball to head her side’s second, then the former Toffee turned provider when she dispossessed Katrine Veje before playing the ball to Williams who tapped in past Brosnan on 77 minutes.

It summed up an afternoon of frustration for the Blues, who had pushed hard for a goal in between United’s second and third. Veje had the best of the chances created, but her stinging drive narrowly missed its intended target.

Williams then netted her second of the game with a header, before Parris added a fifth in stoppage time when she was the quickest to react to the rebound from a Brosnan save.

Everton FC v Manchester United - Barclays Women´s Super League Photo by Emma Simpson - Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images

An international break looks to have come at the right time for Everton, who will need to regroup before they make the trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, 5 November.