Everton suffer defeat in debut game in new Merseyside home

HYDE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Ella Toone of Manchester United Women celebrates scoring their first goal during the SSE Women’s FA Cup match between Manchester United Women and London Bees at Ewen Fields on February 17, 2019 in Hyde, England. (Photo by Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Everton were dealt a huge blow at Walton Hall Park on Sunday as they fell 3-2 to Manchester United on their first appearance in their new home.

Willie Kirk’s side suffered the blues after a highly anticipated match in their new home ground ended in defeat. Leah Galton marked her territory early on after scoring two goals in eight minutes.

Galton returned to the Manchester United side after a short period of absence through injury. She immediately picked up where she left off after slotting home just 21 minutes into the game.

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The 25-year-old doubled United’s lead shortly after with a driven shot into the bottom corner.

Blues just shy of a historic comeback

Everton looked down and out when the Reds found their third goal of the game. Ella Toone found herself in an abundance of space in the box, with more than enough time to coolly roll the ball home.

However, just four minutes after Toone’s goal, the Toffees hit back. United conceded a corner and were unable to clear their lines as Danielle Turner nodded in a Chloe Kelly delivery.

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The comeback looked well and truly on when Lucy Graham lashed a long-range strike past Mary Earps in the 83rd minute.

The skipper’s delicious goal soared into the top corner of the net, despite Graham admitting it was destined to be a cross.

Unfortunately for the Blues, they couldn’t find their third of the game and United claimed the win.

The Red Devils were extremely sharp in front of goal, converting all three of their registered shots on target.

Their Merseyside win sees them hop back into fourth place, with Everton dropping into seventh behind Spurs and Reading.

Man United head back to Leigh Sports Village next week to host West Ham, whilst Everton are on the road to face title contenders Chelsea.

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