Pauline Bremer starred once again as Manchester City comfortably beat Everton 3-1 at the Academy Stadium.
There was no room for Chloe Kelly or Izzy Christiansen in the Everton squad, with both picking up knocks in the week.
The game started at 100mph with Hannah Cain hitting the bar within 16 seconds. Ellie Roebuck pulled off a fine save to tip Cain’s shot onto the bar.
Cain went on to hit the post in the second-half, too. She couldn’t have been more unlucky.
Everton were the better team in the opening exchanges. The Toffees looked creative and clever. Their heads dropped when City took the lead.
Four in two for Pauline Bremer
Pauline Bremer opened the scoring 19 minutes in. Caroline Weir got in behind after a mistake from Taylor Hinds, and Bremer was able to get on the end of the cross.
Tinja-Riikka Korpela was left fuming with the goal, she sprinted up the referee to claim for a handball. Nothing was given.
Bremer was nearly in again two minutes later but some good defending from Gabby George prevented a certain goal.
She did get a second in the second half. Lauren Hemp nicked the ball and played in Pauline Bremer – who smashed the ball into the top right corner.
Pauline Bremer nearly added her third in spectacular fashion. Her overhead kick smacked off the top of the bar and out for a goal-kick.
City got their third through Gemma Bonner. The defender got two against Everton in the Conti Cup earlier in the season and she had her scoring boots on again.
She had to fight well in the box to fashion some space but she managed to squeeze the ball in at Korpela’s near post.
After going 3-0 up, City slowed the game down to a snail’s pace. They looked comfortable to dig their heels in and dominate possession.
They had a few more chances including Ellen White hitting the post and Janine Beckie having an effort cleared off the line by Lucy Graham but the game was set.
Some positives for Everton
Gabby George was Everton’s standout performer, she was a defensive wall for Everton. She stopped City from scoring on three notable occasions.
George also stopped a Jill Scott cross that was destined for Bremer. Scott played extremely well for city in the unfamiliar position of right-wing.
Inessa Kaagman received her second yellow card of the season. The Dutch forward was late to a 50/50 with Steph Houghton and the Manchester City captain came off second best.
The Toffees got themselves a consolation late on as Georgia Stanway turned the ball into her own net.
Everton’s late goal stops City from going top. City are now level on goal difference and points before Arsenal and Chelsea play this weekend.
Everton miss the chance to overtake Manchester United in fourth but still have a game in hand over the Red Devils – who play Liverpool this weekend at Prenton Park.
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