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Report
Everton emphatically reached the FA Women’s Cup fourth round with a thumping victory over Brighouse Town.

Claudia Walker struck a hat-trick, with both Simone Magill and debutant Olivia Chance netting braces, with captain Michelle Hinnigan completing the scoring over the Women’s Premier League side.

Everton were in front as early as the 12th-minute. Magill had earlier seen a close range volley saved by home keeper Steph Jones but she was on hand to grab the first goal of the afternoon. Jones did brilliantly to first deny Walker then the Northern Ireland striker in quick succession, but Magill was on hand to poke home the loose ball.

Brown tipped away an Emily Hollinshead effort before Hinnigan fired a dipping volley narrowly over the bar. 

But the Blue girls soon added to their lead, and again it was Magill. A cross from the left fell kindly for the striker and with the outside of her right boot she found the bottom corner.

Two became three minutes later – Hinnigan tapping home from close range. 

Brown denied both Brougham and Kelly Jones with solid saves but the visitors did manage to find a fourth before the break. Walker picked up possession just outside the box, strode forwards and fired low into the bottom corner.

The hosts, however, refused to throw in the towel and kept looking for a way back into the contest – and did so in stunning fashion. Captain Annabelle Cass took aim from 25 yards and arrowed a powerful drive beyond Kirstie Levell.

On came Amber Stobbs and Chance for their first appearances in royal blue - and the latter helped the visitors take charge once again – Chance marking her debut with a goal, playing a neat one-two with Walker and firing home.

Walker herself then made it six with another calm finish before grabbing her third on 86 minutes. There was still time for Chance to net a late eighth, as Everton comfortably added their names to the hat for the next round.