A late header from Nicoline Sorensen rescued a point for Everton as her side played out a 1-1 draw against Reading in the Women’s Super League.
Rachel Rowe deservedly put Reading ahead on 35 minutes, but the headlines would be taken by Danish forward Sorensen. She secured a well-earned point for her side with a quarter of an hour to play.
Everton handed the on loan Alisha Lehmann her first start as they went in search of a first win on the road since October. Meanwhile the Royals kept faith with the team that toppled Manchester United last weekend.
In an open first period, it was Kelly Chambers’ side who had the best chances, with Everton thankful to Megan Finnigan denying Rowe on two occasions. The 22-year-old put in a fantastic last-ditch tackle to deny Rowe after just six minutes. She then cleared off the line on 25 minutes when Rowe’s header came back off the post.
There was nothing she could do about the Welsh international’s opener though. Rowe tapped home from close-range following an excellent Emma Mitchell cross that caused chaos in the Toffees box.
The second 45 however, belonged to Everton.
Probed by the impressive Jill Scott in the middle, the Merseysiders enjoyed the bulk of the second-half possession. They received their rewards with just 15 minutes left on the clock. After only arriving on the field four minutes prior, substitute Sorensen latched onto Ingrid Moe Wold’s teasing cross to head home beyond the despairing Grace Moloney.
With the wind firmly in their sails, Willie Kirk’s side pushed for all three points in the remaining 15 minutes. But it almost came undone as a late Reading break near won it for the Royals deep into injury time, though Deanna Cooper saw her late header drift inches wide of the goal.
It was the second 1-1 draw the sides have played out this term and it leaves both sides four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
Moloney; Mitchell, Cooper, Woodham, Bartrip, James, Fishlock, Eikeland, Rowe, Harding, Carter.
Korpela; Moe Wold, Turner, Sevecke, Christiansen, Lehmann, Emslie, Stringer, Scott, Gauvin, Finnigan.