Chloe Kelly Comes Back to Haunt Everton

SOLIHULL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Nicoline Sorensen of Everton celebrates with teammates after scoring her sides second goal during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Semi Final match between Birmingham City and Everton at Damson Park on September 30, 2020 in Solihull, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Former Everton star Chloe Kelly put her old side to the sword scoring the winner at the Academy Stadium.

The England international scored the winner as City came from 1-0 down to beat an in-form Everton side.

Everton took the lead on the 20-minute mark with captain Danielle Turner giving the Merseyside team the lead.

A quick cross breezed past Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, with Turner giving the returning Karen Bardsley no chance with the finish.

City dominated proceedings from the off. They were holding possession and trying to create chances.

Chances did come but Tinja Korpela kept City at bay with some fine saves. An Alex Greenwood free-kick went close but could only grace the top of the net.

Substitute Sam Mewis had a perfect opportunity to give the hosts a winning goal but couldn’t get anything on an Alex Greenwood cross.

Rose Lavelle got the equaliser for the home side, with the American midfielder getting on the end of a driven Alex Greenwood corner.

Lavelle turned well to finish the effort, thumping the ball past Tinja Korpela in the Everton goal.

With fifteen minutes to go, Everton threw everything at City. They brought on star players Izzy Christiansen and Lucy Graham. Seconds later it was 2-1.

Georgia Stanway fought her way through on the right flank, going toe-to-toe with the scorer of the opening goal Dan Turner.

Stanway fizzed a ball into the box, onto which Chloe Kelly attached a firm right-footed shot. The ball pummelled into the bottom corner of the net, giving City the lead.

Everton then tried everything they could to get back into the game. They pushed forward but couldn’t seem to get any possession together in the City half.

A decent move from Poppy Pattinson and Valerie Gauvin was the closest they would get to equalising but even then the ball ended up confidently in the hands of Karen Bardsley.

City secured all three points when Jess Park scored in the dying embers of injury time. The 18-year-old smashed the ball in from an impossible angle, beating Korpela and just about squeezing it inside the post.

City face Liverpool next in the Conti Cup, whereas Everton face a tough trip to LSV to face Manchester United.

In the more near future, City travel to Chelsea on Sunday, with Everton hosting West Ham.

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