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Lincoln damage Everton's hopes
 Women's Football News 7 Aug 2011
 
Everton 0 Lincoln Ladies 2 (Easton og 39, Clarke 54)
A bizarre Becky Easton own goal and Jess Clarke's second half strike all but ended Everton's FA WSL title dreams as Lincoln pulled off a shock victory. 
 
The Lady Imps thoroughly deserved the win which leaves the Merseysiders, who saw Natasha Dowie miss a penalty, six points behind leaders Birmingham with just three games left.
 
But Lincoln were given a helping hand when Blues captain Easton put through her own net on 39 minutes before England forward Clarke added a scrappy second at Marine's Arriva Stadium.
 
Everton were brimming with confidence going into the match following five successive victories and they started brightly in their final home game of the season. Winger Gwennan Harries skipped inside Megan Harris on nine minutes and unleashed a low shot which Lincoln goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs did well to turn around the post.
 
Lincoln, in contrast, would have been fearing the worst after being thumped 4-0 by Arsenal in their last outing. But Rod Wilson's team showed no side effects from that heavy defeat and could easily have taken the lead as Harris, Clarke and Taylor all went close.
 
Everton's England star Jill Scott was unlucky on 28 minutes when her looping header from Michelle Hinnigan's corner came back off the bar.
 
But it was the Lady Imps who finally broke the deadlock six minutes before half time thanks to Easton's gift. Leandra Little flicked on Sophie Bradley's long throw and, under pressure from Clarke, the Everton skipper turned the ball past a stunned Brown and into her own net.
 
Mo Marley's side's title hopes hung by a thread at the start of the second half and they were all but over on 54 minutes when Lincoln doubled their advantage. Rachel Daly's free kick caused panic in the area and, following a mad scramble, the ball broke to a grateful Clarke and she lashed into an empty net.
 
Natasha Dowie had a great chance to pull a goal back on 75 minutes when Remi Allen handled inside the penalty area but the striker saw her weak spot kick well saved by the excellent Hobbs to complete a miserable afternoon for Everton.
 
Everton: Rachel Brown, Becky Easton (sub Lucy Bronze 67mins), Brooke Chaplen, Amy Kane (sub Fara Williams 58mins), Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Gwennan Harries, Jill Scott, Natasha Dowie, Michelle Hinnigan (sub Jody Handley 58mins), Toni Duggan.

Lincoln Ladies: Nicola Hobbs, Leandra Little, Rachel Daly, Lucy Staniforth (sub Bonnie Horwood 82mins), Casey Stoney, Sophie Bradley, Megan Harris, Sue Smith, Jodie Taylor (sub Mel Sutcliffe 68mins), Remi Allen, Jess Clarke (sub Sophie Barker 88mins).

(Report by www.TheFA.com)


 
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