Post by Everton News. on Sept 12, 2021 15:29:00 GMT
A disappointing afternoon for Everton Women who fell to a 4-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.
The Blues travelled on Sunday to the home of the reigning league champions who came into the match off the back of a defeat away to Arsenal.
The hosts mounted pressure on Everton from the first whistle as Sam Kerr looked to find an opener but was denied by a smart save from Sandy MacIver.
Willie Kirk's side looked to hold a strong defensive line but Chelsea were able to find a way through after 25 minutes.
Fran Kirby was faced with a battle against Nathalie Bjorn as the England international cut inside in the box with her shot connecting against the far post and into the back of the net.
Emma Hayes' team gained momentum as the Everton looked dealt with the host's pressure and were unfortunate not to trouble Chelsea more in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Into the second half and Chelsea found their second early on.
Australian international Kerr intercepted a back-pass from Megan Finnigan and struck first time into the back of the net, doubling the Londoner’s lead at Kingsmeadow.
Everton looked to remain in the game, with the likes of Claire Emslie and substitute Toni Duggan looking the most likely to pull one back.
However, despite the visitors commitment, the match was wrapped up after 74 minutes.
Guro Reiten’s delivered a good ball into the box which was met with a clinical header from Kerr, who netted her second of the game.
The hosts capped off their performance with a fouth of the afternoon.
Erin Cuthbert found a yard of space along the right as her effort smashed back off the woodwork and landed at the feet of substitute Bethany England, who tapped in with her first touch of the game.
The referee’s whistle signalled the end to another difficult day for Everton, who struggled to cope with the firepower that Chelsea possess in attack. Duggan and Emslie in particular provided glimpses of hope, but chances on goal were limited overall.
Several Blues now travel to join their national sides ahead of the international break. Upon their return, focus will turn to the first game at Walton Hall Park for the season as the Club faces Birmingham City in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.