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Chelsea 1 (Lander 1) Everton 3 (Harries 36, Williams 65, Dowie 83)
Fara Williams scored a stunning free kick as Everton finished their FA WSL campaign in style
The visitors had fallen behind to a Helen Lander strike within 30 seconds but were by far the better side and claimed a comfortable victory to end a run of two successive defeats. Gwennan Harries had got Everton back on level terms before the break, before Williams’ wonderful effort and a fine finish from Natasha Dowie made the points safe.
But the game had got off to a frantic start as Chelsea stormed out of the blocks and there was less than a minute played when they hit the front. Everton will feel they could have done better defensively as Ashlee Hincks’ ball found its way through to Helen Lander who didn’t need a second invitation as she lashed the ball past Danielle Hill in the visitors’ goal.
It was the worst possible start for Everton, but they responded well. Jody Handley was looking particularly dangerous on the right, and her through ball was perfect for Gwen Harries after 20 minutes, but the winger screwed her shot wide with just the goalkeeper to beat. That was the start of a charmed life for Sarah Quantrill’s goal as Everton hit the woodwork four times in a ten minute period, through Harries, Michelle Hinnigan and twice from Dowie.
But the breakthrough finally came from the last of those opportunities as Dowie hit the bar and the rebound fell perfectly for Harries, who made no mistake from 12 yards out.
The visitors took the lead within two minutes of the restart as Williams curled in a delightful free kick from 20-yards out. It was a superb goal for the hugely experienced England international, and set the tone for a half that was completely dominated by Everton.
Becky Jane did nearly draw Chelsea level with a shot that clipped the bar, but Everton deservedly earned themselves some breathing space when Dowie raced onto Brooke Chaplan’s pass to bury the ball past Quantrill and kill the game off.
Chelsea: Sarah Quantrill, Naomi Cole (sub Lara Fay 60mins), Gemma Bonner, Sophie Perry, Shelby Hills, Ashlee Hincks, Hayley Moorwood, Laura Coombs, Danielle Buet, Becky Jane (sub Leanne Champ 60mins), Helen Lander. Subs not used: Drew Spence, Kylie Davies, Kate Longhurst.
Everton: Danielle Hill, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Unitt, Fara Williams, Lindsay Johnson, Brooke Chaplen, Jody Handley, Gwennan Harries, Amy Kane (sub Toni Duggan 73mins), Natasha Dowie, Michelle Hinnigan. Subs not used: Rachel Brown, Becky Easton, Fern Whelan, Jill Scott.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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