It was City who secured the three points with a first half Steph Houghton strike in Southport. But City were made to work by Everton and let’s not forget, the weather. On another day it could’ve been more, but Nick Cushing wont care how it came about, as long as they’ve got the win.
It was City who started brightly and kept possession really well in the opening stages. That build-up off pressure seemed to work when Caroline Weir started to dance through the Everton defence and was brought down on the edge of the area. From that position there was only one person for the job, the skipper Steph Houghton stroked home to give City the lead.
Demi Stokes had a half chance when Wullaert played her in down the left but with the rainy surface, she couldn’t get it out of her feet. It was the same source however that two minutes later used her pace and power expertly to drive forward and find Pauline Bremer in the box. Her curling effort crashed against the post and into the gleeful hands of Korpela.
Tessa Wullaert and Janine Beckie also had good chances before half-time but failed to convert in the blustery conditions.
City started the second half on the front foot with Beckie being played straight through on goal. She gained a yard on her marker but her shot deflected just wide for a corner. From that, Bonner found herself unmarked but couldn’t direct her header goal-bound.
Pauline Bremer had another effort saved after a long run from Mannion and City were still pushing for a second. But it was Everton who were starting to build and build pressure in search of an equalising goal.
Chances for City though kept presenting themselves and Bremer really shouldve made it two after some great work by the returning Lauren Hemp, dinking to the back post.
But in the end, City managed to hang on to a vital three points before the international break to make it three in three in the WSL and keep the winning run continuing. Next up is Birmingham City back at the Academy Stadium…
Roebuck – 7, Mannion – 7, Houghton – 8, Stokes – 8, Scott – 6.5, Walsh – 7, Weir – 6, Wullaert – 6.5, Beckie – 6.5, Bremer – 7
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