Sunday 16 April 2017

Magill Stunner Inspires Villa Win

Walker and Bryson also on target as Blue Girls return to winning ways.

Everton Ladies returned to winning ways in the Spring Series, beating Aston Villa 3-0 on Easter Sunday.

Simone Magill’s volley, Claudia Walker’s cross-shot and substitute Faye Bryson’s long-range effort sealed a comfortable win.

It was a solid all-round performance from Andy Spence’s team, who are back on track following the defeat at Millwall Lionesses a fortnight ago.

Everton started brightly and a third-minute effort from Dan Turner went narrowly over the bar.

The Blues were by far the better team in the opening 45 minutes and, indeed, restricted their opponents to no chances of note.

Mollie Green and Michelle Hinnigan both brought smarts saves out of Chloe Beattie but there was nothing the Villa keeper could do about Magill’s opener on 38 minutes.

The Northern Ireland attacker unleashed a long-range volley which dipped under the bar and into the top corner, giving Everton a deserved lead at the midway point.

After the restart midfield duo Hinnigan and Green again went close before Everton doubled the advantage through Walker’s attempt from the right wing which sailed into the top corner.

Bryson was thrown on with 20 minutes left and she made an immediate impact, scoring with a drive from outside the box which arrowed inside the near post, leaving Beattie beaten.

Everton comfortably saw the the game out, much to the delight of coach Andy Spence. “We went into the game today focusing on a number of key areas and one was keeping a clean sheet,” he said. “I’m delighted we have done that because it’s the first time this season. We didn’t look like conceding which is a pleasing aspect.

“We had a lot of ball and not only that, we used it well at the right times. We scored three but, based on chances, it could have been even more.

“It was great to have goalscorers spread across the team. The girls should be rightly proud of a very good performance.”


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