Notts County ease into The FA Women's Cup Final

Sunday 03 May 2015
Jess Clarke broke the deadlock shortly after the restart

Former Evertonian Alex Greenwood set up two goals as Dani Buet and England internationals Jess Clarke and Ellen White sent Notts County to Wembley with victory in The FA Women’s Cup semi-final at Goodison Park.

The Lady Pies avenged last season’s semi-final defeat to Everton with a comprehensive second-half performance to book their place in The Final for the first time.

Lucy Whipp was inches away from giving Everton the lead within the first minute, clattering the bar with a viciously dipping strike from distance.

Everton 0-3 Notts County

The FA Women's Cup
Sunday 3 May
Goodison Park

But Notts County soon got a foothold and should have scored when White won the ball in a dangerous position on 14 minutes, only for Rachel Williams to shoot tamely at Megan Walsh.

Clarke went close on the half-hour, curling over when White’s cross was cleared only as far as the edge of the area by Lindsay Johnson.

Just 42 seconds into the second-half, the Lady Pies were in front though, Clarke heading Greenwood’s inch-perfect left-wing cross into the bottom corner.

Greenwood was the provider again on 56 minutes, White meeting her right-wing free-kick with a diving header which gave Walsh no chance.

And Buet sealed victory on 81 minutes, when her free-kick out on the left beat everybody and nestled into the corner.

County will take on the winners of Monday's semi-final between FA WSL 1 leaders Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday 1 August.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Megan Walsh; Vicky Jones, Gabby George, Lindsay Johnson, Dan Turner; Paige Williams, Millie Turner (Kelly Jones 58); Emily Hollinshead (Claudia Walker 61), Michelle Hinnigan, Lucy Whipp; Simone Magill.

Substitutes not used: Kirstie Levell, Ellie Stewart, Lauren Davies.

Bookings: George, Turner

Notts County (4-2-3-1): Carly Telford; Sophie Walton, Laura Bassett, Fern Whelan, Alex Greenwood; Danielle Buet, Leanne Crichton; Jess Clarke (Dunia Susi 69), Ellen White (Amy Turner 85), Rachel Williams (Fiona O’Sullivan 81); Aileen Whelan.

Substitutes not used: Laura-Jayne O’Neill, Ashleigh Plumptre.

Referee: Anthony Tankard

Attendance: 1,271

Watch our highlights of the semi-final tie


By FA Staff