Thursday 4 August 2011

Dowie Delighted With Double

Natasha Dowie was delighted to play a part in keeping Everton Ladies' WSL title dreams alive in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Birmingham City.

The striker netted twice as the Blues recorded their fifth consecutive win in the WSL in a thrilling encounter in the Midlands, condemning the hosts to their first ever WSL defeat.

Mo Marley's side found themselves a goal down after ten minutes when former Toffee Emily Westwood found the net, but Dowie's second-half brace and a late strike from Amy Kane bagged three crucial points for Everton.

Dowie's double takes her goal tally to six in the inaugural Super League, and she was delighted her efforts helped keep the Blues' winning run in tact.

"The first half was really poor for our standards," Dowie told "We were second to the ball and Birmingham were on top to be honest.

"But in the second half it was a great team performance, I don't think you could pick a particular individual who stood out.

"I was really happy to get two goals and it's just great to get three points. It was the first time in the WSL that Birmingham have been beaten and especially to win at their place when they have a lot of fans behind them, it was a massive three points for us.

The Blues now turn their attention to Sunday's final home game of the season against Lincoln, who visit Marine for a 2pm kick-off.

The Lady Imps have had mixed fortunes of late but with a handful of experienced England internationals and new recruits in their side, Dowie isn't expecting anything less than a fierce contest.

"Lincoln will be a really tough game," she added. "They drew with Birmingham last weekend and last time we played them it was a goalless draw and a really, really feisty game.

"They are quite a physical team as well so it won't be easy. And they've also signed a new player called Jodie Taylor who is a terrific centre-forward.

"I think people wrote us out of the title race but if we keep winning all our games, who knows? I think we're really looking like we might be in with a shout.

"There is no easy game in the Super League now. So we need to go into the game thinking we need to win the battle - because it will be a battle with Lincoln."

Tickets for Sunday’s game cost just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, and are available on the gate.



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