A brace from Fara Williams helped Everton Ladies to a 4-0 triumph away at Sunderland on Sunday.
An impressive double from the Blues’ star midfielder and efforts from Gwen Harries and Jill Scott secured a vital win on Wearside.
After a series of early corners for the Blues, former Sunderland player Scott rose to meet a deflection off the crossbar and headed home after just four minutes of play.
And a spectacular effort from midfielder Williams doubled the Blues’ advantage in true style as she fired a shot from 30 yards into the top corner.
Taking their comfortable advantage in at the break, the Toffees wasted no time in looking for a third after the interval and did so through Harries just before the hour. The Welsh international was played through on goal from midfield and finished comfortably from just outside the box.
The Blues completed their rout on 84 minutes as Williams bagged her second of the game – rounding Sunderland goalkeeper Rachael Laws to slot home a cool finish and secure three points.
“Fara was outstanding yesterday and we deserved it,” said Everton centre-back Lindsay Johnson. “If she plays as well as she did against Sunderland then we’ll be great in the Cup final.
“She’s great on the ball, and really is a world class player. When she’s not there you do miss her. She scored two great goals and played a big part in the build up to the other two.
“We’re not a one player team but it shows when Fara is playing well as she has a massive influence on the team.”
However, just three days after last week’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, Everton were dealt a major blow in their quest for the league title as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Doncaster on Wednesday night.
Williams put Everton in front on 50 minutes, but an equaliser from the penalty spot from the Belles’ Vicky Exley just three minutes later left the Blues with a share of the spoils.
“Normally we pick ourselves up but it didn’t happen when we went to Doncaster. We were disappointed,” Johnson added.
“Toni Duggan played up front alone yesterday and it worked well. We played really well as a team and it worked in our favour. Mo (Marley) is happy to move the team around as she did at the weekend. It presents healthy competition to the players, which is good.”