Lincoln Ladies 0-2 Everton
The FA WSL
7.30pm, Wednesday 8 May 2013
Everton boss Andy Spence hailed a perfect night for his side after they registered their first FA WSL victory of the season at Lincoln Ladies.
Brooke Chaplen gave the visitors the lead against the run of play midway through the first half, but the Toffees controlled the game thereafter.
And substitute Nikita Parris wrapped up victory with a classy run and finish two minutes from time.
Spence said: “I’m delighted with both the result and the performance.
“Coming to Lincoln is a big challenge. They’ve always been a team we’ve struggled to get a result against. This time we got the result and the performance.
“In the first 20 to 25 minutes Lincoln were the better team and we were lucky to go in at half-time leading.
“But in the second half we really got on our game and probably shaded the match.”
Lincoln boss Rick Passmoor was disappointed his side failed to build on a spritely start.
He added: “We started really well, but when you’re on top you’ve got to take your chances.
“We shot ourselves in the foot with the first goal and after we conceded we showed a lack of composure in possession.
“There was a lot of effort, but when you get the ball you’ve got to be composed. Everything we did was hurried. We needed to relax.”
Buoyed by their 1-1 draw with holders Arsenal in the Continental Cup, Lincoln made a bright start.
Precious Hamilton had the first chance when a delicate effort was fumbled by Everton 'keeper Rachel Brown-Finnis before being cleared behind for a corner.
However, the home side’s good work was undone midway through the first half when they gifted the visitors the lead. The normally reliable Karen Bardsley was the culprit when her mis-hit clearance went straight to Chaplen, who lobbed the Imps stopper from distance.
Both sides made a lively start to the second half with Toni Duggan driving an effort straight at Bardsley while, at the other end, Hamilton sent an effort high and wide following a flowing Lincoln move.
And after another bout of Lincoln pressure, Emily Roberts saw a powerful effort deflect into the arms of Brown-Finnis.
The Everton 'keeper then almost gifted Lincoln an equaliser when she dropped Jess Clarke's shot before gathering the ball on the goal-line.
Everton responded by bringing on Parris, who sent a curling effort just wide of Bardsley’s post seconds after coming on.
Substitute Bonnie Horwood engineered Lincoln’s best chance of the half with a superb defence-splitting pass to Clarke, but she poked the ball inches wide with just Brown-Finnis to beat.
It proved to be a key miss as Everton grabbed a game-clinching second goal two minutes from time.
The two substitutes combined as Simone Magill played in Parris, who used her pace to break clear of Lincoln defence before superbly clipping the ball over Bardsley.
Bardsley, Turner, Bradley, Stoney, Martha Harris, Walton, Allen, Megan Harris (Kay 81), Clarke, Roberts (Horwood 66), Hamilton, Clarke.
Substitutes not used Draycott, Cantrell, Sargeant.
Brown-Finnis, Jones, Nelson, Johnson (Magill 46), Greenwood, Kane, Boye-Hlorkah (Parris 61), Scott, Hinnigan, Chaplen, Duggan.
Substitutes not used Handley, Durack, Jones, Williams, Whipp.