Everton Women expert discusses excellent league victory over Aston Villa
We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.
After the strong FA Cup victory over Charlton, Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane has looked back at the week’s second win, over Aston Villa in the WSL.
A first win under the new management team, and a first goal for Kenza Dali constituted a fruitful cup outing, and the boost was taken into the league trip to Aston Villa.
The Villains are directly above the Toffees in the table in ninth and had won the last game between the sides 2-0 just a couple of weeks earlier.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News MacFarlane reflected on a second win to close out a great week: “The confidence from the Charlton win was evident in our second match of the week, an away trip to Aston Villa in the WSL.
“After weathering a first half storm, the Toffees dug in deep to go in level at the break – Meg Finnigan and Gabby George were colossal in the centre of defence, and Sandy MacIver in goal repelled everything that Villa could throw at us.
“The travelling support were buoyed on by the never say die attitude and work rate of the players, and in the second half we could see the confidence growing.
“Hannah Bennison, our record signing in the summer, came on at half time and her impact was immediate as she started to pull the strings, along with Kenza Dali and the classy Aurora Galli in midfield.
“It would be a combination of all three who would combine to get the winner with just over 10 minutes to go.
“Dali picked the ball up and turned superbly on the left hand side, carrying the ball before laying it off to Bennison, who immediately played an inch-perfect diagonal cross-field 30 yards, which completely split the Aston Villa defence in half, right into the path of Galli.
“She brought the ball down with a superb first touch before slotting home past Hannah Hampton in the Villa goal to send the away support wild, along with the players, and the staff.
“It was an absolutely superb display from the team, battling for everything from the first minute until the last, and the relief when the final whistle went to confirm our first WSL victory since the 21st November was just incredible.
“Its been such a tough season for Everton Women with manager changes, injuries to key players and unjust results, but weeks like this make it all worth while, and performances like the one at Villa are the type that us Evertonians recognise as what our club is all about.
“Fight, passion, determination, and a will to never give up. At the end of the game we were so delighted that the players came over and actually asked us to get in a group photo with them.
“It’s moments like these that makes the women’s game so different. The players not only respect the fans but also take so much time to interact with us, and really make us feel part of the group.
“I’ve been saying all season that this is really a special group of players, and this last week has felt like it’s finally starting to click.
“Our next match isn’t until Saturday 12th at Walton Hall Park, a home game against a resurgent Leicester side, but we should be going into this game with a renewed confidence.
“I am absolutely certain that the home fans can give us the edge and hopefully we can keep building this momentum as we look forward to a number of tricky fixtures over the coming weeks. As ever, Up The Toffees”
With games in hand on Villa above them among others, a run of wins could see the team climb the table in the coming weeks.
An excellent week all round has galvanised players and fans at a crucial point in the season, and all will be hoping to build from here.
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