FAWSL: Duggan earns Toffees a draw against West Ham

Footballer Toni Duggan running down the pitch.
Toni Duggan of Everton in action during the Barclays FA Women's Super League. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Everton hosted West Ham United at Walton Hall Park on Sunday afternoon. Coming off of league wins three weeks ago, both teams looked to push further up the league table.

West Ham United team news

Adriana Leon and Maisy Barker were unavaliable heading into the match. Canada forward Leon underwent surgery to help after a foot fracture. Barker is also out with a long term foot injury.

Current form

West Ham have played three WSL away games this season so far:

  • Lost to Brighton 2-0
  • Won against Manchester City 2-0
  • Lost to London rivals Arsenal 4-0

West Ham have conceded six goals and scored two goals in three away WSL games this season.

What if scenarios

If West Ham win today’s game they could go as high as third if other results go their way.

A draw could put West Ham above Reading into fifth, depending on Manchester United’s result.

Losing to Everton could perhaps drop West Ham to 10th place, depending on other league results.

West Ham United’s starting lineup against Everton.

Everton team news

Forwards Claire Emsley and Valerie Gauvin were not available for today’s game.

Current home form

Everton have played four WSL home games so far this season:

  • 4-0 loss to Manchester City
  • 3-1 win over Birmingham City
  • 1-0 loss to Brighton
  • 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Everton’s home form means that they’ve conceded seven goals and scored four goals at home in the WSL.

What if scenarios

If Everton lose to West Ham, they could drop to 10th depending on Aston Villa’s result.

Should the match end in a draw, Everton could go above Manchester City in eighth, depending on City’s result.

An Everton win would take them above Reading, who are currently fifth.

Everton’s starting lineup against West Ham United.

Match report

First half recap

The first major play of the game didn’t take place until the 15th minute. This came when Izzy Christiansen crossed in from the right side of the pitch, only for Hammers goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold to tip the ball away. The ball then landed for Aurora Galli to take a shot from outside of the goal, but the shot was block by the Hammers defence.

It took 22 minutes before West Ham had their first big chance of the game. They got hold of a loose ball before Lisa Evans sent it through to Tameka Yallop. Her shot went wide of the diving Sandy MacIver.

Finally, West Ham scored the first goal of the game in the 40th minute. Katarina Svitkova drove into the Toffees’ penalty area and pulled the ball back for Zaneta Wyne to tap it into the open goal.

West Ham opened the scoring through Zaneta Wyne in the first half.

Second half recap

The Hammers came close in the opening minutes of the second half when Svitkova put Evans through with a well-timed through ball. The Scotland internationals’ shot from inside the penalty area left MacIver spilling the ball. Players from both sides scrambled for the ball, only for it to roll out for a goal kick.

The Toffees had plenty of chances to score but they didn’t see an equalizer until the 76th minute. Toni Duggan intercepted a pass from inside the Hammers’ box. On the half volley, Duggan took her shot and the ball sailed past Arnold.

Toni Duggan’s Strike to equalise for Everton in the second half.

Everton could’ve had the winner a minute later when Hanna Bennison took a 30-yard shot only to be saved by Arnold. Though, West Ham struggled to clear the ball.

Late on, both Everton and West Ham looked to win the game but both were unable to find the finishing touch in the additional time.

What the result means

In the end, the two sides settled for a draw. At the current moment, the result sees West Ham in sixth position, overtaking Reading. Everton are ninth, but could be 10th if Villa beat Tottenham.

On an individual note, Duggan’s strike was her first WSL goal for the Toffees since her return from Spain.

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