Post by Everton News. on May 22, 2023 4:21:03 GMT
Hanna Bennison's injury-time strike helped Everton to a winning finish to their home Women's Super League campaign.
The Blues beat visitors Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 on Sunday in what was a thrilling finish in front of another packed support.
Katja Snoeijs put Everton in front during the first half but were pegged back when Katie Robinson equalised late in the first half.
A tense second half followed but the three points were secured late in the afternoon thanks to Everton's number 10.
It was a highly competitive match, with the hosts striking first after 32 minutes.
Karen Holmgaard played a brilliant ball over the top from her own half to find Snoeijs.
The Dutch forward took the ball in her stride before blasting past Megan Walsh in the Brighton net to give Everton a deserved lead.
However, on the brisk of half time, Brighton equalised.
Robinson let loose an effort from outside of the box that flew over Emily Ramsey.
A tense second half followed with both sides seeking a winner.
The 71st minute saw Everton enjoy a series of attempts in quick succession in the box including an overhead kick, but were yet again denied by the formidable Seagulls defence.
Brighton almost had their winner when substitute Lee Geum-Min was denied with a superb diving save from Ramsey.
Two minutes into injury time, Everton had their winner.
Pressing Brighton high in their half, the ball dropped to Bennison who was marked by a series of Brighton defenders.
However, with the Swede's expert technical ability she was able to give herself a yard of space before blasting the ball past Walsh along the left side, sending Walton Hall Park into euphoria.
A fantastic finish for what has been a brilliant home campaign for the Toffees.
One match remains for Brian Sorensen's side as they travel next weekend to face Manchester City.