Everton Women 0 United Women 3
Manchester United Women stretched their winning run to five games on Sunday, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Everton Women, in the FA Women's Continental League Cup.
The Reds started the game well, but didn’t manage to create a meaningful chance until the 12th minute, when Leah Galton latched onto a corner into the box and turned it goal-bound. However, it was well saved by Everton goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela.
Yet, the Toffees stopper stood no chance soon after, when James grabbed the opening goal of the match.
Casey Stoney’s side have been lauded throughout the Women’s game for our high-pressing style, and again it proved rewarding for United in the 22nd minute, when Kirsty Hanson won the ball high up the pitch and released James.
Everton were struggling to deal with our free-flowing attack and United nearly doubled the lead in the 28th minute, when Hanson again caused the hosts problems from the right flank.
The winger sent in a wicked cross that was well met by Mille Turner, but Korpela produced a fantastic stop from point-blank range to deny the Reds defender, before a few minutes later, James hit the side netting.
Everton then went close from a rare Abbie McManus mistake. The England international took a loose touch, which was pounced on by the Toffees’ Hannah Cain. She delivered a powerful effort, but United keeper Mary Earps was more than a match to it, and pushed it over the crossbar.
United produced another late chance when Turner again headed the ball towards goal from an in-swinging Jackie Groenen cross, but this time it sailed wide of Everton’s far post.
United were certainly in control of this one, and in particular looked dangerous from crosses. McManus came close from one such chance on the hour mark, before James fizzed one wide from the edge of the box.
Soon after, James slipped Hanson through on goal and the winger was unlucky to see her chipped effort saved.
Everton had failed to muster many attempts on target, but did in the 66th minute, when Inessa Kaagman found herself one-on-one with Earps.
The Reds stopper made herself big and got a powerful hand to the midfielder’s strike, which was then cleared by the United defence.
Yet it proved to be a rare forage into the United half, and 12 minutes from the end, the Reds made our dominance pay.
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United overcame the Toffees on Sunday to earn a second victory in the Women's Continental League Cup.
Zelem stepped up and confidently dispatched the ball into the top corner of the goal to double the Reds' lead.
United could have added a third in the 84th minute when Hanson surged though the Everton defence, but her shot was hit right down Korpela’s throat.
When the third did come, it was from one of the more unlikely sources: Amy Turner. The defender capitalised on some poor Everton defending as they pushed to grab a late goal.
With the entire stadium expecting her to cross, the right-back instead unleashed a low, driven effort which beat Korpela at her near post, and wrapped up a thoroughly enjoyable day for Stoney’s side.
There was one last moment of action at Haig Avenue, when Everton's Chloe Kelly was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.
United: Earps; A.Turner, McManus, M.Turner, Harris; Ladd, Zelem (C), Groenen (Toone 70); Hanson, James (Ross 81), Galton (Sigsworth 79).
Subs not used: Mikalsen, Okvist, Green, Arnot.
Bookings: A.Turner (72), Sigsworth (90).
Scorers: James (22), Zelem (79), Turner (87).