Duggan Earns Point As Blues Draw With West Ham

Toni Duggan’s second goal in two matches earned Everton Women a hard-fought point against West Ham United in a 1-1 draw at Walton Hall Park in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.

In a first half of big chances, the visitors almost took the lead in the 10th minute, when Dagny Brynjarsdottir found space in the area, but could only slide her effort across goal.

The Blues could have been awarded a penalty just three minutes later, Lucy Graham slipped through on goal and going down under the challenge of the West Ham goalkeeper, only for Everton protests to be waved away.

Aurora Galli then almost fired the Toffees ahead two minutes later, the Italian curling her shot towards goal but her effort was blocked brilliantly.

It was West Ham however who took the lead on 40 minutes through Zanete Wyne after a lung-busting run from Katerina Svitkova – the Czech squaring for American Wyne to tap home from close range.

Jean-Luc Vasseur’s team responded well to going a goal behind, and could have restored parity before the break, left-back Turner smashing over at the back post after some neat interchange from Everton.

Olli Harder’s side started the second half brightly and were inches away from a second when Lisa Evans was denied by a smart stop from Blues keeper Sandy MacIver, before rebounding off an Everton body and spinning away from danger.

Blues boss Vasseur looked to his bench just before the hour and introduced Hanna Bennison and Poppy Pattinson, the latter was involved straight away - her inviting corner was flicked just over the bar from Graham.

The Blues found their equaliser 14 minutes from time, Toni Duggan illustrating her predatory penalty area instincts by anticipating where the ball would drop after an Everton throw in, then calmly placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper.

After Duggan’s equaliser, Everton looked the most likely to get a winning goal, with the majority of the remaining time being played in the Hammers half.

Simone Magill fired low on 82 minutes, but her shot was gratefully grasped by Mackenzie Arnold in the West Ham goal.

Duggan was then just centimetres away from captain Izzy Christiansen’s searching cross – the ball just evading the goalscorer.

The hosts had to settle for a decent point after a pulsating end to the game.

The result means Everton remain in ninth place in the WSL.

Vasseur’s side have a quick turnaround from Sunday's match as they welcome Manchester United on Wednesday in the Continental Cup for the final home game of 2021.

Season Ticket Members and Official Members can attend Everton Women's final home game of 2021 FOR FREE!

All other fans can secure their places at Walton Hall Park for £8 for adults and £4 for concessions here.

Matches Everton Season Ticket Members and Official Members can attend for free in December:

Wednesday 15 December: Everton Women v Manchester United Women, Continental Cup, 7pm.