Impressive Ladies Fall Just Short At Man City

Willie Kirk insisted Everton Ladies will not look at their frustrating 3-1 defeat at Manchester City as a “hard luck story”.

The Toffees were excellent throughout the game at the Academy Stadium in Manchester, and were deservedly ahead at the break via Chaney Boye-Hlorkah’s hooked finish after just 12 minutes. 

But Kiera Walsh slammed home the equaliser inside two minutes of the second half and Janine Beckie put the hosts in front soon after. 

But the Blue Girls were in no mood to let a performance full of positives go to waste. Inessa Kaagman nodded inches over from six yards before Boye-Hlorkah was only denied a second by a fantastic stop from City keeper Ellie Roebuck.

But as Everton pressed forward, they left gaps at the back and when substitute – and ex-Toffee – Nikita Parris was sent clean through, she clipped a fine finish over Kirstie Levell. 

“In the main, we were really good,” reflected Kirk. “We have created eight or nine chances – five or six that were massive moments for us. Some of the stuff we played was really good and in the first half we really rattled them. We were fully deserving of the lead at half time. 

“At times you couldn’t tell who was at the tip of the league and who was the team at the bottom. The frustrating thing is conceding a minute and 20 seconds into the second half. It was a cheap goal to give away. 

“But what we won’t do is look at this as a hard luck story – it was tough result to take but there is a lot of real positives we can take out of the performance. 

“In the second half we created chances as well. Inessa has made a really good run and put a header over the bar and Roebuck has made an excellent save from Chaney. 

“Even when we went behind, we showed a lot of character and kept trying to play good football.”



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