Everton Ladies v Birmingham
A fine display from Everton was cruelly robbed of it’s just rewards by a harshly disallowed goal late on as the Blues went down 2-1 at Birmingham.
Manager Andy Spence could once again call on his England Under-19s stars but he had to reshuffle his pack before a ball had even been kicked. After Rachel Brown-Finnis picked up a knock in the warm-up, in stepped recently signed keeper Megan Walsh, who had only became a Blue that very morning, for her debut.
Having weathered an early storm from the hosts, the Toffees went in front after Nikita Parris coolly slotted home after 15 minutes.
In the second half however, Birmingham threw everything against Everton to force an equaliser but Walsh was proving a shrewd acquisition with a string of fine saves keeping the hosts at bay.
Eventually the pressure told, and following a free-kick into the box, Jade Moore bundled home a loose ball.
Then Melissa Lawley slipped through the defence to snatch all three points.
However, the game took a controversial turn with just minutes remaining. Paige Williams struck a well-hit free-kick that struck the bar, the ball fell into the box and Jill Scott seemingly nodded in the earn her side a share of the spoils.
Everton’s celebrations were cut short by referee Mark Billingham who pulled the game back for encroachment on the initial free-kick.
The Blues will look to return to winning ways when they travel to Doncaster Rovers on Sunday.