Notts County Ladies v Everton Ladies
Everton Ladies booked their place in the FA Women's Cup final thanks to two first-half goals from Nikita Parris.
The forward's brace means Everton will play Arsenal in the final at Stadium mk on Sunday June 1.
County’s Katie Hoyle threatened to spoil the party by clawing a goal back on 55 minutes but the Blues held on to record a 2-1 victory at the Impact Arena, Alfreton.
Rain had threatened to postpone proceedings with several pitch inspections prior to the game, and it was easy to see why with the downpour of rain slowing the ball down early in the first half.
Parris capped off a great week, after being crowned Everton Ladies Player of the Season, by giving the Toffees the lead.
The attacker losing her marker before firing a header straight into the top corner, past the out-stretching Carly Telford to send Everton one up with 14 minutes on the clock.
And Parris doubled her goal tally and her side's lead when taking full advantage of a Telford spill to slot home to send Everton fans dreaming of a cup final.
A long range effort from Amy Turner just before the half-time whistle forced Rachel Brown-Finnis to dive to her left signifying the closest County got to scoring in that first period.
The second half commenced with Parris carrying on where she left off in the first. The striker taking on a number of purple shirts before firing at goal, only for a Notts defender to block her shot off for a corner.
The resulting corner fell to Alex Greenwood whose drive from the left flashed across goal before sailing wide, as Everton continued to cause a threat to County’s goalmouth.
But Everton always knew that it wasn’t going to be this plain sailing throughout the whole 90 minutes.
And the pressure on the Blues line began 10 minutes into the second-half, with Brown-Finnis palming a Jess Clarke shot awat before the Magpies got themselves back into the game.
A header back into the Everton box fell to the feet of Hoyle who struck her first-time effort past Brown-Finnis and into the net to give her side a lifeline with 35 minutes remaining.
Clarke then came close to netting an equaliser with two long-range shots at goal. The first one hitting the framework, whilst the second was neatly saved by the Everton shot stopper.
Into the final quarter of the game and despite Notts pressing, Everton stood firm to deny them with opportunities few and far between.
The final whistle was music to Everton ears as Andy Spence's team booked their place into the final for the first time since 2010.