Flaherty To Push Levell For Keeper Berth

Becky Flaherty says she’ll be pushing Kirstie Levell all the way for the number one shirt after joining Everton Ladies.

The former Aberdeen and Liverpool goalkeeper linked up with the Blue Girls prior to the opening WSL game of the season with Birmingham City last Sunday.

And she has set her sights on competing with Centre of Excellence graduate Levell, who has started both of the Blue Girls’ opening two fixtures of the campaign, for a starting spot between the sticks.

“We will definitely push each other,” Flaherty told evertonfc.com. “We both want to play games and I think that will help us push each other because we both want to be on the pitch. That will make us better goalkeepers overall.

“Coming here, I definitely want to get a lot more minutes under my belt and just get back playing regularly.

“Hopefully the team will push on, finish high in the league and we can do well in the cup competitions as well.

“I see Everton having a bright future and I want to be a part of it. We’ve got a very young team so we’re looking to push on in the next few years. I can see us doing well.”

Flaherty was an unused substitute in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Birmingham last time out but could make her debut in the Continental Cup tie against Reading at Southport on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.

The 20-year-old Scotland youth international says she has settled quickly into the group and admits the chance to work with Andy Spence was one she couldn’t turn down.

“All the girls have been really welcoming,” she added. “They are all very nice and helped me settle in.

“I was playing for Aberdeen for almost three years, up in the north east of Scotland. It was a big move to come to Merseyside [to join Liverpool in 2017].

“It was hard leaving my family but Liverpool itself is a very welcoming city so I felt at home very quickly.

“Andy was a big part of my decision to come here. He’s the type of manager that I like and has got real enthusiasm. He wants everyone to do well.

“You can tell how much he loves football and I think that brushes off on the players.”

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