Everton Women expert reviews the professional FA Cup victory over Charlton
We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.
Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane has reacted to the first of a pair of good wins in the past week, over Charlton in the FA Cup.
Back to back defeats in the Women’s Super League going into the tie had given confidence a beating, with the team also forced to overcome a sudden coaching change.
But coming up against Championship level opposition in the cup provided an opportunity to get back on track, and the Toffees duly took that chance.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, MacFarlane gave a run down of the win: “A week is a long time in football, and what a week it has been for Everton Women.
“We knew going into last Sunday’s FA Cup tie that Charlton would be a tough test, but the gulf in class was evident throughout.
“Everton were dominating possession, but it would take a goal of the season contender from Kenza Dali on 34 minutes to break the deadlock.
“Kenza received the ball on the left hand touchline, before cutting inside onto her right foot and unleashing an unstoppable curling effort into the far top corner to settle the nerves and give us the lead going into half time.
“The second half was much the same as the first, with Everton again dominating possession but finding it difficult to break down both a stubborn Charlton defence and the brilliant Eartha Cumings in the Charlton goal.
“She kept her side in it until the 74th minute when Everton substitute Anna Anvegard got on the end of a delightful cross from Toni Duggan, and although the initial header was saved superbly by Cumings, the ball fell straight back to Anvegard who nodded home to put the tie to bed and send Everton through to the quarter-finals.
“The subsequent draw has given us the monumental task of facing Manchester City away in the quarter-finals, but if you’re going to win the Cup you have to beat the best, and the Toffees will go there with a renewed confidence.”
The professional performance ensured there was no cup upset and got the first win under the belt for Chris Roberts and Claire Ditchburn.
The first goal for Dali cannot be underestimated either, and the confidence gained was vital as the team headed back into league action for a midweek meeting with Aston Villa.
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