Christiansen nets twice in Everton win

Simone Magill scored Everton’s second after Robins keeper Benedicte Haland failed to gather a cross

Everton comfortably beat bottom club Bristol City to record their first win in six Women’s Super League games.

Izzy Christiansen fired the Toffees into an early lead and Simone Magill capitalised on a goalkeeping error to make it 2-0 at the break.

Christiansen netted her second with a rising angled drive before Megan Finnigan added a fourth from a corner.

Bristol City remain winless in the WSL this season, suffering defeat in Matt Beard’s first game in temporary charge.

The 43-year-old former Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham boss has stepped in while Tanya Oxtoby takes maternity leave.

League struggles continue for Robins

Everton had started the campaign with four successive wins but a five match winless run – which included back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Arsenal – had dented their hopes of a top-three finish.

Christiansen gave Willie Kirk’s side the perfect start at Walton Hall Park when she converted Nicoline Sorensen’s low ball from the left from six yards out.

Visiting keeper Benedicte Haland denied Christiansen a second soon after, but the Norwegian fumbled a cross from Hayley Raso to allow Magill a tap-in seven minutes before the break.

Bristol City had an appeal for a penalty waved away in the second minute of the second half, and Everton midfielder Maeva Clemaron had an effort cleared off the line before Lucy Graham teed up Christiansen for her second of the game.

The Robins have reached the semi-finals of the Continental League Cup, where they will face Championship leaders Leicester City, but remain four points from safety following their ninth defeat in 11 WSL games this season.

The visitors, who have now lost their past four league games by an aggregate score of 18-1, were without goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley and midfielder Carla Humphrey, who are self-isolating following positive Covid-19 tests.

Line-ups

Everton Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1MacIver
  • 2Wold
  • 20Finnigan
  • 13StringerBooked at 85mins
  • 3TurnerSubstituted forPikeat 74′minutes
  • 8ChristiansenSubstituted forClintonat 75′minutes
  • 21ClemaronSubstituted forSeveckeat 67′minutes
  • 16RasoSubstituted forGauvinat 67′minutes
  • 17Graham
  • 14Sørensen
  • 10MagillSubstituted forBoye-Hlorkahat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Boye-Hlorkah
  • 15Pike
  • 19Gauvin
  • 22Sevecke
  • 23Korpela
  • 26Clinton

Bristol City Women

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Haland
  • 2Bryson
  • 5RaffertySubstituted forMatthewsat 45′minutes
  • 3Evans
  • 12AllenSubstituted forLayzellat 89′minutes
  • 14PalmerSubstituted forMastrantonioat 45′minutes
  • 10Daniels
  • 6Logarzo
  • 11Wellings
  • 17BissellSubstituted forHarrisonat 45′minutes
  • 9Salmon

Substitutes

  • 4Matthews
  • 18Collis
  • 21Harrison
  • 25Layzell
  • 26Mastrantonio
  • 28Jones
  • 31Smith

Referee:
Christiana Hattersley

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