Everton mark their first home game of the season with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
As the sun beat down on Walton Hall Park, nothing could separate the two sides in the first half. Both teams’ defence was sharp and compact, not allowing any chances to sneak through.
England international and midfield talisman Izzy Christiansen started for the Blues. The former Lyon ace helped pressure Tottenham’s backline who, fuelled on by an animated Juan Carlos Amoros, kept strong.
Lucia Leon was a stand-out performer for Spurs. Her pace down the right flank not only kept her defence tight but allowed her to create chances going forwards as well.Embed from Getty Images
It looked as though the match would trickle out and end with each side having a share in the spoils.
However, a second half spark from Everton was enough to grab all three points. Christiansen was the player of the hour who popped up with a strong header to break the deadlock.
Spurs were without new signing Alex Morgan who will link up with the north Londoners until the end of the year. The addition of the US international star could bring the fire the visitors were lacking in front of goal on Merseyside.
A second half penalty shout from Everton looked to extend their lead, but the referee denied the spot-kick. Instead, captain Lucy Graham went into the book for simulation.Embed from Getty Images
Tensions rose as the final minutes ticked down. The visitors were eager to force the equaliser but Everton’s desire for a home win trumped their efforts.
The Blues remain second in the WSL table, two points ahead of Chelsea who dismantled Bristol with a 9-0 win.
Everton’s next fixture will see them take on Aston Villa on October 6.