Chance: I Meant That Goal!

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Olivia Chance admitted she enjoys the FA Women’s Cup after marking her first year at Everton with a brace to see off Bristol City.

The New Zealand international joined the Toffees on 5 February 2017 and made her debut in the competition last season, netting twice in an 8-1 win over Brighouse Town.

And she repeated the feat on Sunday at Marine to help Everton come from behind to defeat fellow WSL 1 side Bristol, with the Blue Girls drawing FA Women’s Premier League South side Lewes in the fifth round.

After Vixens forward Chloe Arthur struck just seven minutes into the tie, Chance levelled matters early in the second half with a strike from a tight angle that deceived City goalkeeper Aimee Watson.

And after Georgia Brougham nodded the Toffees in front, Chance wrapped up the victory with a clinically-taken second.

Speaking after the game, the 24-year-old midfielder was quick to clear up the question marks over her first goal.

“It was a shot!” she told evertonfc.com. “It was a genuine attempt on goal so I was pleased to see it go in. Obviously we needed it in the game but on personal note, it has been a while since I have been on the scoresheet.

“There were no doubts over the second one! Chloe Kelly has played a good ball over from the right, Courtney [Sweetman-Kirk] has made a good run to create a little space and I just had to put it in the back of the net. I was a little bit nervous to see the keeper get a hand to it but thankfully it wasn’t enough.

“It is a year since I signed for Everton. On my debut I scored a brace in the FA Cup, and one year later I have done the same. 

“A big aim this week has been going forward and being positive, so I wanted to have an effect on this game in that manner.

“It’s great to get on the scoresheet but more important than that was winning the game and staying in the FA Cup. It is a competition that we want to do well in.”

Chance admitted Head Coach Andy Spence was unhappy at the interval after watching his side fail to match a determined Bristol side.

The Blue Girls had gone into the fixture off the back of an excellent display in a narrow 1-0 defeat at Chelsea the week before but failed to replicate that performance in the opening 45 minutes at the Marine Travel Arena.

However, a more professional showing after the break saw the hosts net three times and set up a meeting with Lewes in the fifth round.

“We had a bit of a rocket from Andy at half-time but I think we needed that,” added Chance. “We weren’t on it in the first half and after having such a good game last week against Chelsea, it wasn’t good enough from all of us.

“So we needed that from Andy at the break and in the second half we came out and did the job.

“We needed to win to get back on track after the Chelsea game, even though we played well. We always want to win so we’re pleased we can continue in the Cup.”

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