Everton 2-1 Chelsea
The FA WSL Continental Cup
Sunday 5 May 2013
by John Hynes
Jill Scott’s last-minute lob gave Everton a deserved victory in an entertaining Continental Cup encounter.
The hosts had gone in front through Toni Duggan’s header only to see Sofia Jakobsson level proceedings just after half-time.
A number of chances came and went for the hosts before Scott’s decisive intervention.
Following two recent defeats manager Andy Spence was delighted to return to winning ways.
He said: “We knew how important getting maximum points was today.
“When you’ve missed a few chances people can get frustrated or panic. Jill didn’t. She’ll probably admit herself that she doesn’t score enough, but hopefully that is a sign of things to come for the rest of the season.”
Both sides could have found the net during a lively opening. Everton striker Duggan evaded the defence and diverted the ball beyond the out-rushing Shannon Lynn only to see it go wide.
Then Chelsea broke, England forward Eniola Aluko sprinting clear and having her shot parried by Rachel Brown. When the striker squared the rebound to Helen Ward it looked like she had a tap in only for a superb Vicky Jones block to thwart her.
Duggan was next to go close with a stinging low drive which was destined for the bottom corner until Lynn saved impressively.
In the 34th minute she couldn’t repeat that feat as Duggan met Alex Greenwood’s fine cross at the back post. The 'keeper did get a hand to the header but could only help it in to the net.
Two minutes after half-time Chelsea levelled. The impressive Aluko located Jakobsson in the box and although Brown got a touch on the Swede’s powerful drive it wasn’t enough.
The frantic action continued with Duggan looking most likely to score next. Her looping 57th minute effort seemed destined for the top corner until it came back off the woodwork.
She was involved in every Everton attack, even inadvertently blocking a Scott shot that was certain to hit the target.
Next to go close for the hosts was full-back Greenwood whose downward header after Michelle Hinnigan’s free-kick bounced up and over the bar.
Substitute Simone Magill then looked set to make it 2-1 to the home team, only for Lynn to deny her.
When that chance was missed a draw looked inevitable until a long ball over the top made its way to Scott and she showed great composure to produce the winner.
Joy for the Blues was accompanied by huge disappointment for the Londoners.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes added: “There’s no masking that is was a poor goal to give away.
“When a ball comes from back to front like that you have to deal with it. Individual errors cost us.
“We had some chances today and could easily have nicked the win.”
Brown, Jones, Nelson, Johnson, Greenwood, Chaplen (Handley 90), Scott, Hinnigan, Kane, Boye-Hlorkah (Magill 77), Duggan.
Substitutes not used Durack, Williams, Whipp.
Lynn, Vidarsdottir, Rafferty (Cole 39), Susi, Holtham, Dos Santos (Coombs 58), Gardarsdottir, Buet, Aluko, Jakobsson, Ward (Longhurst 76)
Substitutes not used Myers, Davies, Bleazard