Man City Women v Everton Ladies
Everton Ladies were condemned to defeat in the 89th minute this afternoon as Man City’s Natasha Flint broke Blues hearts with the winner.
A well-executed free-kick from Isobel Christiansen found Flint who toe-poked it home to give her side the 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
The loss was Everton’s first in the Continental Cup this season after drawing to Liverpool 0-0 in their first game in mid-week.
Andy Spence made two changes to that game with Brooke Chaplen and Jody Handley coming in for Simone Magill and Lucy Whipp who both dropped to the bench.
Inside the first 20 minutes, Nikita Parris and Betsy Hassett had chances to put their respected sides in the lead but both of their attempts sailed off target.
City’s Jill Scott danced around her marker before finding space to shoot, but her effort lacked power and trickled into the palms of goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis.
And that chance signaled the end of the first-half as the Blues failed to make their lion's share of possession count in that first period.
After the interval however, Everton looked a lot more productive with the ball in that second half but still failed to find an end product.
The Toffees eventually found their way through City’s defence after some good link-up play on the edge concluded with Kelly Jones shooting at goal, but the home side’s goalkeeper Karen Bardsley saved.
Just as the Toffees were looking set to record their third clean sheet in a row, City took the lead in the dying minutes.
A free-kick by Christiansen was whipped into the box, falling nicely to Flint who probed it home with just a minute of normal time remaining.
With three minutes of added time, Everton still had a chance at clawing their way back into the game, and they very nearly did through Michelle Hinnigan.
The skipper struck the post before a goalmouth scramble proceeded, but City were able to clear their lines and record victory against Spence's side.
By Joe Cooper