Everton Women expert: Jess Park stood out during thrilling 3-0 victory over Liverpool
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 was ecstatic with the entire squad after their incredible victory over Liverpool and has singled out Jess Park for praise.
Park scored on her very first start for Everton on Sunday, with Megan Finnigan and Hannah Bennison also etching their names onto the scoresheet.
Park joined Everton on loan from Manchester City in the summer, and the 20-year-old is already making a huge impression at her new club.
MacFarlane was delighted with the side’s overall performance but picked out Park as the star performer.
MacFarlane exclusively told Goodison News: “I said after the game against West Ham that I was still feeling optimistic about our trip to Anfield, but even I could never have predicted just how impressive we would end up being.
“The Everton players simply steamrollered their neighbours in a first half which emphatically confirmed Everton as the dominant side in women’s football on Merseyside, racing to a 2 goal lead within half an hour, with goals from Megan Finnigan and the electric Jess Park, before adding a 3rd late on in the second half through substitute Hanna Bennison to seal a much deserved and truly remarkable win.
“This was always going to be a huge test for Brian Sorensen’s side with nearly 30,000 supporters inside Anfield, but the Toffees played with freedom and confidence throughout and never really looked vulnerable or overawed by the occasion in the slightest.
“Every single player in blue stepped up, and I mean every single one.
“Gabby George was her usual ever reliable self, marauding up the left-hand side from her new left wing-back position. Meg Finnigan, who opened the scoring, was faultless throughout. Katrine Veje looks absolutely top class, showing all of her experience to absolutely dominate the Liverpool front line.
“Izzy Christiansen was everywhere, chasing lost causes, pressing Liverpool into mistakes, calming things down when needed and demanding that every player showed the same commitment, a true captain’s performance before coming off for goalscorer Bennison.
“I could go on and on but I will finish by giving a special mention to my player of the match, Jess Park. In her first start for Everton, having only just turned 20, the Manchester City loanee played with the confidence of a seasoned Pro.
“She absolutely terrorised the Liverpool defence from the first minute until she was subbed off right towards the end of the game. To give you an idea of just how good she was, she was given a standing ovation from the Liverpool fans as she was walking around the edge of the pitch.
“Jess was rewarded this week with her first call up to the senior Lionesses squad – something that she will have to get used to.
“Even this early into her loan spell it’s clear for all to see what a special talent she is, and I’m so excited to see what she can bring from now til the end of the season.
“Next up is Leicester at Walton Hall Park, and the players need to be right on top of their game to make it 2 wins in 2, we can’t be complacent and we need to show the exact same intensity that allowed us to record one of the most impressive Merseyside Derby Everton wins in recent memory. Up The Toffees.”
After such an important victory over Liverpool, Everton now have a great opportunity to build some momentum early on in the season
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