Everton have progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to a wonder-strike from Dutch midfielder Inessa Kaagman.
A goal from Inessa Kaagman against London Bees proved to be the difference for the Toffees as they ran out to a 1-0 victory.
Her pinpoint effort on the stroke of half-time ricocheted off the post and into the net. It was a goal worthy of winning any tie and gave Sarah Quantrill no chance in the Bees goal.
Everton should have perhaps scored more, with twelve shots in the first half alone. Some resolute defending from the visiting Bees side managed to keep Everton out for the most part.Embed from Getty Images
A quieter second half
Everton pushed to add to Kaagman’s opener in the second half. They had a goal ruled out for offside after Chloe Kelly headed home. The movement in the lead up was akin to that of the entire game for Everton.
Slick movement and nice passing opened up the opportunity for Esme Morgan to pick out Kelly. The linesman quickly raised his flag.
Bees managed to stay in the game thanks to the heroics of their goalkeeper. Quantrill denied the Toffees on multiple occasions, including a fantastic save from substitute Molly Pike’s effort.
Everton defended well when needed but Bees didn’t offer much going forward. The fifth-placed Championship side looked tired as the game wore on.
They pushed for the equaliser late on but couldn’t get anything out of the game.Embed from Getty Images
The pitch at the Pure Stadium in Southport should come under major scrutiny. It looked more like a beach than a football pitch. Games have been postponed at Everton for less.
Everton now go into the draw for the fifth round of the women’s FA Cup. The draw will take place Monday evening and will be broadcast live on Sportsday on the BBC News channel.
The draw is due to start at 18:40 (GMT).
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