Everton Women enjoyed a 2-1 win at Finch Farm as Brian Sorensen’s side comfortably beat BK Häcken on Saturday afternoon.
It was a strong competitive performance from the hosts who dictated the game across the 90 minutes.
Megan Finnigan gave the Blues the lead as she arrived at the back post to slot home a loose ball following a corner kick.
Everton felt they should have had a penalty shortly after as Izzy Christiansen played Katja Snoeijs through on goal.
The Dutch striker controlled the ball well and looked to dribble past goalkeeper Jennifer Falk but was brought down in the process. However, the referee signalled to play on.
A second followed on the stroke of half time as Hanna Bennison brilliantly shot from distance with her effort dipping over the Swedish ‘keeper to make it two nil in injury time.
Everton’s dominance continued into the second period as the hosts dictated the tempo of the game.
Lucy Graham thought she had secured the Toffees third when Bennison played the ball into the area to find Finnigan who headed across to the Scot for a sweet strike on the volley, but the flag was raised against the centre half.
BK Hacken pulled one back on the 77th minute when a counter attack along the left side was finished off by Mille Gejl who struck past Courtney Brosnan.
Despite a late push, Everton stood firm and saw out the visitors to secure a well-earned victory.
Manager Sorensen was left impressed by team’s performance and hopes his side can build on the standards set from Saturday’s encounter.
“It was a really good performance,” he told evertontv.
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SORENSEN ON BLUES WIN OVER HÄCKEN
“We’ve had limited numbers so far in pre-season, and the last of the players [who were away in the Euros] came back in this week and look how we performed today.
“The new players we brought in were excellent, it shows why we’ve recruited them.
“We done the basics really well and we’re getting better with our playing principles.
“We perhaps should have had a couple more goals today, but that doesn’t matter in pre-season. What matters is that our playing principles are starting to get under the skin of our players and that we look like a team which is the most important thing.
“If we can use the performance today as a benchmark and build on from that then I’ll be really happy.”