Sunderland 0-2 Everton Ladies
Everton Ladies signed off their Continental Cup campaign in impressive fashion, defeating Sunderland 2-0 at the Hetton Centre.
Goals from Nikita Parris and Lauren Davies meant the Blues gave themselves every opportunity of qualifying for the semi-finals, but results elsewhere prevented them from progressing into the latter stages of the competition.
Everton’s cause was aided on the stroke of half-time when Sunderland’s Abbey Holmes was sent off after two yellow cards - the first for kicking the ball away, the second for a late tackle.
Going into the game, the Toffees needed a win if they were to have any chance of qualifying for the final four - and it was likewise for their opponents.
And with a place in the next round at stake, it was little wonder the referee’s first whistle cued a frantic end-to-end opening 10 minutes.
Despite that, neither goalkeeper was seriously tested until the 23rd minute, when Everton's Megan Walsh tipped over from Sunderland’s Beth Mead.
It was Everton who found the net first though - courtesy of Nikita Parris's effort on 35 minutes. The pacy forward charged towards the Black Cats' defence before firing home low into the bottom corner to give the Toffees the lead.
Things got worse for the hosts when Holmes received her marching orders on 44 minutes, meaning Everton were a goal and a player up going into the break.
Spence's side were pretty much in the ascendency from then on in and Parris tested goalkeeper Laws with another particularly fierce effort before being replaced by Paige Williams on 62 minutes.
And Davies wrapped up the victory with a long-range effort with 15 minutes to go - adding to her debut screamer against Durham two months ago.
Next up for Everton Ladies is a trip to Liverpool on Wednesday.