Everton Women expert looks back on late drama in final home game against Tottenham
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There was late drama in the final home game of the season and Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane was relieved to see the side rewarded with a point.
Despite going behind early to a Tottenham opener from Asmita Ale the players responded to the home crowd to battle back for a late equaliser from Danielle Turner.
The hammer blow of an immediate Spurs response through Josie Green still wasn’t enough to down the Toffees, who still had time to find a second leveller in injury-time via Megan Finnigan, and MacFarlane felt it epitomised the fight the players have shown throughout a difficult season.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Spurs at home gave the home supporters one final opportunity to show our support for the players after such a turbulent season, which has seen three different managers in the dugout.
“For any player having to deal with such an upheaval has got to be tough, but the players have carried on fighting for the badge all season long, so it was apt that the final home game would be no different.
“A frantic start saw Spurs take an early lead on five minutes, an opening which had seen Lucy Graham coming close for the Blues.
“It would’ve been so easy for the players to let their heads drop but they came out fighting, especially in the second half, and as the pressure on the Spurs backline grew, so did the atmosphere in the stands.
“On 85 minutes we finally got the breakthrough that we deserved after a fantastic right footed cross from the left hand side by Kenza Dali was headed home superbly by club captain Dan Turner at the back post.
“We all thought there would be only winner, as the Blues had dominated so much but within a minute Spurs were back ahead.
“The Everton players looked distraught, but hurriedly got the ball out of the net and raced to the half-way line for the restart.
“They weren’t done yet.
“In the 91st minute, with Everton throwing everything they had left at the Spurs goal, Hanna Bennison carved open a chance to cross the ball from the left hand side, and Meg Finnigan ghosted in at the far post to nod home a deserved equaliser sending the home crowd wild, and securing a fully deserved point for Chris Roberts’ side.”
Fighting back to level twice in quick succession was an impressive end to the game and an immense credit to the players.
It also gave the home fans a reminder of why they follow the team, as those on the pitch and off it feed off each other.
It hasn’t been easy this year but the Toffees have certainly not disgraced themselves despite what can only be seen as an underachievement on paper.
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