Angharad James insists it would have been a deserved equaliser had her 87th-minute effort crept under the bar instead of coming back off the frame of the goal on Wednesday night.
With Everton trailing to Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson’s 12th-minute header at the Marine Travel Arena, time was ticking towards the 90 as the Wales midfielder spotted Carly Telford off her line and chanced her arm from 20 yards.
And she came within the width of the woodwork to restoring parity – and opening her Blue Girls account in some style.
“I just thought to myself, ‘Let’s just go for it’,” James told evertonfc.com. “Everyone around me was screaming to shoot but I don’t really do it often enough – but then that’s probably why!
“I hit it well but I remember thinking that it needed to drop. It was staying at a height and I knew that if it dipped then it was going in. I was gutted to see it come back off the bar because it would have been some way to score my first goal for Everton.
“It would have been nice to get it so late in a game like that and to help us get a point that we probably deserved. But it wasn’t to be and we just move on now to the next one.”
It was a case of the same old story for the Toffees – another resilient display full of character against a side closing in on the WSL 1 title.
Having done similar in the reverse fixture back in late January – another 1-0 defeat – and throughout the campaign, James accepts that it has been a season of evolution for the Blue Girls.
“We got at Chelsea but perhaps we could have played a lot more than we did,” she added. “I felt at times we played into their hands with longer balls that we were struggling to win in the air and we could have been a little bit smarter.
“But we will learn from it and go again. We are a young team and we can’t forget that. We are building at the moment and learning at this level.
“But it is looking positive – we are performing well and we are only narrowly missing out on results. It’s just coming down to one or two goals either way and we could be higher up the league.
“But we are competing and if we can build on the foundation we are putting in place this season then we can shine in the next campaign.”