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Everton Women 2-1 Liverpool Women: Toffees boss Willie Kirk wins first game in charge

Willie Kirk.
Willie Kirk led Everton to their first victory of the season in his opening game in charge

Everton climbed off the bottom of the Women's Super League as new manager Willie Kirk's tenure began with a Merseyside derby win over Liverpool.

Eight winless games had seen previous manager Andy Spence depart but Kirk got off the mark at the first attempt.

Inessa Kaagman's 30-yard rocket put Everton ahead but Jess Clarke levelled from close range within six minutes.

However, Simone Magill drilled Everton back ahead from outside the box and they held off the Reds after the break.

Liverpool - who have now suffered five straight defeats - had two great chances to earn a point late on but Sophie Bradley-Auckland nodded wide and Leandra Little's header hit the post.

The two sides meet again at Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park - Liverpool's home ground - in the Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday (5 December).

Everton match-winner Simone Magill:

"What better game to get our first win than in the Merseyside derby? We thoroughly deserved it and I am so proud of the girls.

"We are all thrilled to have him [Willie Kirk] as manager and we are already starting to see signs of what is to come.

"We all really believe that this is the start of something special."

Liverpool striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk:

"It was hard - looking at the spells of play and chances we had, we had the better of it, but it was two fantastic goals to win it and all credit to Everton for that.

"We knew that when Everton were in front they would look to stick in defensively and graft, but we did have some chances at the end and on another day they go in."

Line-ups

Everton Ladies

  • 1Levell
  • 20Finnigan
  • 4Brougham
  • 6George
  • 14Hinds
  • 12James
  • 22Bruinenberg
  • 10Magill
  • 8KaagmanSubstituted forBrysonat 67'minutes
  • 11KellySubstituted forBoye-Hlorkahat 82'minutes
  • 16CainSubstituted forWalkerat 37'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bryson
  • 7Boye-Hlorkah
  • 9Walker
  • 13Stringer
  • 25Flaherty
  • 28Hughes

Liverpool Women

  • 1Preuss
  • 44Murray
  • 6Bradley
  • 2Matthews
  • 3Robe
  • 5FaheySubstituted forLittleat 80'minutes
  • 7Clarke
  • 8Coombs
  • 10MurraySubstituted forLinnettat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20BabajideSubstituted forDanielsat 52'minutes
  • 9Sweetman-Kirk

Substitutes

  • 11Daniels
  • 12Little
  • 18Kitching
  • 19Rodgers
  • 24Linnett
  • 29Thomas
Attendance:
258

Match Stats

Home TeamEverton LadiesAway TeamLiverpool Women
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Everton Ladies 2, Liverpool Women 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton Ladies 2, Liverpool Women 1.

Foul by Leandra Little (Liverpool Women).

Megan Finnigan (Everton Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Liverpool Women. Satara Murray tries a through ball, but Leandra Little is caught offside.

Booking

Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Women).

Taylor Hinds (Everton Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Leandra Little (Liverpool Women) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Yana Daniels with a cross.

Offside, Everton Ladies. Taylor Hinds tries a through ball, but Claudia Walker is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sophie Bradley (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Laura Coombs with a cross following a set piece situation.

Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Megan Finnigan (Everton Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton Ladies. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah replaces Chloe Kelly.

Offside, Everton Ladies. Chloe Kelly tries a through ball, but Claudia Walker is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Leandra Little replaces Niamh Fahey.

Foul by Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Women).

Gabrielle George (Everton Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Simone Magill (Everton Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Faye Bryson.

Attempt blocked. Chloe Kelly (Everton Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simone Magill.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton Ladies. Faye Bryson replaces Inessa Kaagman.

Attempt saved. Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jasmine Matthews.

Corner, Everton Ladies. Conceded by Anke Preuss.

Attempt saved. Inessa Kaagman (Everton Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Claudia Walker.

Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Angharad James (Everton Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Kirsty Linnett replaces Christie Murray.

Satara Murray (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chloe Kelly (Everton Ladies).

Attempt saved. Christie Murray (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Niamh Fahey.

Attempt missed. Chloe Kelly (Everton Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Satara Murray (Liverpool Women).

Chloe Kelly (Everton Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Inessa Kaagman (Everton Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabrielle George.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Yana Daniels replaces Rinsola Babajide.

Attempt missed. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighanne Robe.

Attempt missed. Inessa Kaagman (Everton Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Megan Finnigan with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Claudia Walker (Everton Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Megan Finnigan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women109014273527
2Man City Women107303262624
3B'ham City Women10712147722
4Chelsea Women10541115619
5Reading Women105231511417
6West Ham Women104151119-813
7Bristol City Women9324714-711
8Liverpool Women10307617-119
9Everton Ladies9126718-115
10Brighton Women10118724-174
11Yeovil Town Ladies10109630-243
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