REPORT: Everton Ladies 1 Blues Women 3
Birmingham City Women returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Everton Ladies.
Despite going behind in the opening stages, goals from Hayley Ladd and an Ellen White brace ensured that Blues picked up their first three points in the league since the win against Chelsea.
Blues returned to league action following defeat to Arsenal last time out and manager Marta Tejedor made several changes to her line-up.
Claudia Walker played against her parent club, who she is on loan from, while Paige Williams returned to the starting XI.
Despite Blues knocking on the door first when Lucy Quinn dragged her shot wide, it was the home side who took the lead eight minutes in. Taylor Hinds found herself in space down the right flank and crossed it into Inessa Kaagman who waited on the edge of the box. The midfielder fired in with a powerful drive to give the Toffees a perfect start.
However, just a minute later Blues were back on level terms. Quinn, playing in the number 10 role, picked the ball up from the restart and drove it down the wing. Her cross caused confusion in the Everton box and fell neatly at the feet of Ladd. The Welsh international took it on the half volley and looped it over the grasp of Kirstie Levell.
Blues continued to pile on the pressure as they went in search for a goal to put them ahead. Walker cut in from the left and curled a right-footed shot goalwards, before Kerys Harrop tested with a header.
After 34 minutes, Blues were in front. Ladd whipped in a corner from the left which was cleverly knocked down by Harrop into the path of White. The striker could not miss from three yards out and buried it into the back of the net with a simple tap in.
White notched her second of the evening to extend Blues’ advantage. Ladd, who had been an expert from the corner flag, curled a cross into the front post where White awaited the delivery. The striker nodded the ball, rippling the back of the net.
Yet it could have been made trickier had Everton converted the penalty they were awarded soon after. Aoife Mannion was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, but Kaagman couldn’t score past Hampton who saved it brilliantly.
Blues are back in action on Sunday as they travel down south to face West Ham Women, looking to record back-to-back victories in the league for the first time under Tejedor.
Everton: Levell, Turner, Worm, Boye-Hlorkah (Cain 74'), Kaagman (Hughes 74'), Magill, James, Stringer, Hinds, Finnigan, Brownlie.
Substitutes (not used): Flaherty, Bryson, Chance, Bruinenberg.
Goals: Kaagman 8’
Blues: Hampton, Sargeant, Williams (Mayling 71'), Harrop, Mannion, Williams, Ladd, Arthur, Quinn, Walker, Follis (Wellings 82'), White.
Substitutes (not used): Brooks, Scott, Staniforth, Ewers, Hayles.
Goals: Ladd 9’, White 34’ 67’