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Report: Everton Ladies 0-2 Bristol City Women

Goals from Ella Rutherford and Katie Rood earn City Women a 2-0 away victory over Everton Ladies in their last Women’s Super League outing of 2018.

What Happened? 

Both sides were evenly matched throughout the first period, but it was Oxtoby’s side who had the first clear cut chance of the half. Ella Rutherford’s testing cross found Rosella Ayane at the far post but the forward couldn’t quite direct her header towards goal as it flashed past the right post. 

Chloe Kelly had the only clear chance for the hosts in the first half as the ball broke for her in the box but as she fired her shot towards goal, Loren Dykes bravely got in front of the ball to stop the forward’s effort from troubling Sophie Baggaley. 

Inessa Kaagman’s in-swinging corner almost caused a moment of trouble for the visitors, but her cross was carefully watched by Baggaley as it bounced off the top of the crossbar and behind for a goal kick. 

Kelly and Kaagman combined for the hosts’ first chance of the second half, but Kaagman couldn’t get enough on the ball to trouble Baggaley in the City Women net. 

It wasn’t until the midway through the second period that, Ella Rutherford opened the scoring for Bristol City Women and she did so in emphatic style. Lucy Graham’s searching diagonal ball sat up perfectly for the forward, whose thunderous left-footed strike from the edge of the area left Levell with no chance as it flew into the back of the net. 

Ella Rutherford opened the scoring for Oxtoby's side (via JMPUK).

Sophie Baggaley was called into action shortly after as Angharad James broke through the City Women defence, but the shot-stopper showed phenomenal reflexes to get down to her left and keep the hosts at bay.

Everton went in search of an equaliser, but their were met by a stubborn Bristol City Women defence and an in-form Sophie Baggaley - who saved twice in two minutes - first of all she got down well to her left to keep Kelly’s effort from nestling into the bottom corner, then she tipped over Claudia Walker’s effort from twelve yards out. 

Katie Rood wrapped up all three points in the ninetieth minute as she beat two Everton defenders on the edge of the box, before gliding past Gabrielle George and finding the far corner of the net with a curling left-footed effort.


Bristol City Women: 

Baggaley, Dykes, Brown, Kerkdijk,  Pattinson, Humphrey (Evans 86’), Biesmans, Graham, Rutherford, Ayane (Robinson 47’), Kemppi (71’)

Subs: Watson (GK), Payne, Woolley, Wilson

Everton Ladies:

Levell, Bryson (Hughes 78’), Brougham, George, Kaagman, Magill (Boye-Hlorkah 63’), Kelly, James, Hinds, Finnigan, Bruinenberg (Walker 68’)

Subs: Flaherty (GK), Stringer

Key Moment:

With the game goalless and in need of a moment of magic, up stepped Ella Rutherford. 

She had been a nuisance for the Everton Ladies defence with her powerful running, but it was her sublime finish that turned the game. 

Lucy Graham’s long diagonal fell perfectly for Rutherford, who opened up and let off powerful and precise strike which was destined for the back of the net. 


Player of the match:

She may not have got on the scoresheet today but Lucy Graham was instrumental in Bristol City Women’s winning performance. 

The midfield maestro controlled the tempo of the game in the centre of the park and made lung-busting runs to kick start the City Women attack.  

Not to mention she also picked out Rutherford with a pin-point forty yards pass for the opener.