Everton secured a much deserved point on the road on Sunday as they drew 0-0 against Manchester United in the Women's Super League.
Brian Sorensen's side displayed plenty of hard-work and resilience as they extended their unbeaten league run to four games in what was a defensively sound performance.
The hosts were top of the table heading into the midday clash as the Blues caused frustration at Leigh Sports Village.
Courtney Brosnan produced arguably one of her best performances in an Everton shirt alongside an inform defensive backline who shined across the 90 minutes.
The Blues were perhaps unfortunate not to leave with all three points as opportunities on goal went narrowly wide for Aggie Beever-Jones, Jess Park and Katja Snoeijs.
Everton started on the front-foot and could have had an opener five minutes into the contest.
A Nicoline Sorensen corner found Rikke Sevecke inside the box who rose highest to connect with a headed effort. Her effort arrived narrowly wide of the far post.
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Everton remained a threat in the wide areas, looking to run behind a high Manchester United defensive line.
This was exemplified just before the half-hour mark with Sorensen’s strong run down the right. Her teasing ball nearly found a hopeful Everton runner.
The home team grew into the half, and after a sharp United breakaway attack, Lucia Garcia’s powerful effort struck the woodwork on 36 minutes.
Brosnan was called into action shortly after, having to make a strong save from Katie Zelem’s close-range effort.
Continuing to probe, United struck the post again. This time it was Alessia Russo who nearly put the home side in front.
The beginning of the second half saw much of the same, with United signalling their intent immediately.
It was Ella Toone’s turn to hit the woodwork this time, as she nearly put the hosts ahead.
With a flurry of reinforcements from the Blues bench, Everton worked hard and defended resiliently. However, the pressure persisted from a dangerous Manchester United attack.
Determined to keep a clean sheet, Brosnan made another fine save as the Toffees’ backline continued to feel the heat.
Despite United dominating the ball, Everton came very close after a great counter-attacking move.
A mistake from the defending backline, Park was gifted an opportunity inside the area. She took it round the 'keeper but was unable to get her effort on target.
Everton remained a threat on the counter but were unable to break the deadlock to cap off an impressive outing.
Nevertheless, the visitors hung on until the final whistle to secure a point the home of an inform Manchester United side.
The Blues return to action following the international break when they welcome Aston Villa to Walton Hall Park on Sunday 5 March (1pm GMT).