Jodie Brett stepped off the bench to earn Everton Ladies a point in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park stadium.
The hosts had caught the Toffees cold just seconds into the second half as Laura Coombs opened the scoring after a goalless first 45
But Brett bundled in from close range just past the hour to earn her side a share of the spoils.
It wasn’t until the 20th minute that either side mustered a good chance on goal but when it came, it fell Everton’s way. Dan Turner picked out Chaney Boye-Hlorkah on the right and she did well to pick out Chloe Kelly in the box. Unfortunately for the Toffees forward, she couldn’t direct her header on goal.
At the other end, Caroline Weir saw an effort saved by Kirstie Levell before Coombs guided a difficult volley off target. Former Blue Girl Alex Greenwood also fizzed a shot over the bar as Liverpool cranked up the pressure.
Bethany England rattled the woodwork and Faye Bryson needed to throw herself in front of Weir’s close range shot as the hosts ended the half in the ascendancy.
That pressure did not let up just seconds into the second half. The Reds swept forward with a move that ended with Coombs bundling the ball past Levell to open the scoring.
Andy Spence introduced midfielders Brett and Marthe Munsterman to try and change the fortunes of his side, with Mollie Green and Boye-Hlorkah making way.
And on 66 minutes, Brett vindicated that decision when she stabbed home from close range to level the scores. Everton won a corner, and when the ball fell loose, the substitute was on hand to turn it over the line, sparking jubilant celebrations.
The game became a hard fought battle from then on with chances coming at a premium. Weir saw a shot blocked by Finnigan before Kelly should have done better when Turner picked her out unmarked in the box.
Liverpool almost snatched victory when substitute Niamh Charles clipped the post with a cross.
But 1-1 was how it stayed, with Everton next in action when they face Bristol City in a week’s time.