Izzy Christiansen’s second-half header helped Everton maintain their winning start to the season as they overcame Tottenham Hotspur in a feisty encounter on Merseyside.
Christiansen was the class act of the afternoon. Early in the game she found Australia international Hayley Raso who cut inside onto her right foot and unleashed a goalbound effort easily gathered by Becky Spencer.
But after that early chance the game was played mostly in the midfield with little goalmouth action until the last five minutes of the first half.
The Toffees cleared a corner only as far as Josie Green who unleashed a piledriver, forcing Sandy MacIver to turn around the corner at full stretch.
A minute later the home side had their best chance of the half but Lucy Graham’s shot was blocked and Simone Magill blasted over. At the other end Kit Graham had her effort saved by MacIver.
A sign neither management team were happy with the half came with three changes for Spurs and one for Everton at the break.
And it was the home side who broke the deadlock. The Toffees’ half-time sub Nicoline Sorensen made an immediate impact. Her pinpoint cross found Christiansen six yards out and she headed home.
One of the Spurs’ subs had a golden chance to equalise. Graham’s slide-rule pass to Rosella Ayane saw the forward turn and fire her shot at MacIver. Either side of the keeper may have hit the net.
But ultimately it was the home side who took their chance when it was offered as the Toffees made it two wins out of two in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
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Spurs captain Josie Green said :
“I think we are all a little bit disappointed. From our perspective we did create some chances but we weren’t good enough in the first half.
“We wanted to come out of the blocks and I don’t think we quite did that. Then I think we grew into the game and when we did that we didn’t quite take our chances.
“I think it just wasn’t our day today. On another day we can definitely get something out of the game. There are positives to take from the game and there are things that we did do well and we just need to move on to our next league game.”
Reflecting on her near miss before half time, she added: “On another day the keeper may have seen it late or I may have connected with it just a little bit better so it went a bit more out of her reach but that is the game and hopefully next time it can go in.”