Doncaster Rovers Belles v Everton Ladies
Everton Ladies manager Andy Spence admitted his side rode their luck in a 3-1 win at Doncaster Rovers Belles which sent them through to the semi-finals of the Continental Cup.
After Bethany England gave the home side a 36th minute lead, Nikita Parris equalised three minutes later, Vicky Jones (72) added a second and Toni Duggan completed the scoring with a late penalty.
Spence said: “To come away with a 3-1 win is pleasing but we know that performance-wise, we still have a lot to do.
“They had several opportunities and we were fortunate to be in the game. Lizzie made a couple of saves for us.
“To be able to ride that out and then go on and win the game is not a bad habit to have.
“At some stage we’re going to put two good halves together and have a proper result.”
Doncaster threatened early on with Millie Bright putting a long-range effort wide before England hit the woodwork with a shot on the turn.
After Jessica Sigsworth fired off-target from distance, Everton had their first effort of note when Duggan’s free-kick just cleared the bar.
England put the home side in front, slotting past keeper Lizzie Durack after receiving a fine through ball from Sigsworth.
Parris equalised three minutes later, beating Nicola Hobbs with a fine, curling shot from 30 yards out.
Everton’s Amy Kane then saw her angled effort turned wide by Hobbs.
Sue Smith wasted a good opportunity for the hosts early in the second half, firing straight at Durack after finding herself through on goal.
The home side continued to threaten with Durack saving from Ashleigh Mills and Sigsworth shooting wide after running at the defence.
After soaking up the pressure, Everton took a 72nd minute lead when Duggan’s shot was blocked and the loose ball fell to Jones who found the net with a low shot.
Duggan completed the scoring from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Kelly Jones had been impeded.