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Everton 1 (Rose og 48) Bristol Academy 0
An unfortunate own goal from Bristol Academy defender Jemma Rose saw her side beaten away from home for the first time this season and third placed Everton complete the season with a victory.
The teams went into the match with Everton defending an unbeaten home record and Academy unbeaten on the road but it was the home side who picked up the initiative early on with Alex Greenwood twice testing Siobhan Chamberlain in the Academy goal.
Everton continued to push forward with Nikita Parris breaking down the right and getting past a challenge before her angled shot was saved by Chamberlain.
Fara Williams fired a free kick narrowly over and a long range effort from Toni Duggan flew straight at Chamberlain as Everton continued to have the better of things.
Academy withstood the pressure and almost took the lead on the stroke of half time when a corner was not cleared by the home defence and a scramble ended with Michelle Hinnigan clearing the ball off the line.
Three minutes after the restart, Everton took the lead albeit in unlucky circumstances for the visitors. Parris drove in a cross from the right which Chamberlain tried to palm away but the ball cannoned back off Rose and into the net for the opening goal.
Williams was having a fine match in midfield and she forced a good save from Chamberlain shortly afterwards and the Academy goalkeeper again came to her side's rescue when she denied Parris after she had dispossessed Rose. Academy were also grateful to Loren Dykes who made an excellent saving tackle to prevent Duggan from breaking through after a threatening run.
Academy tried hard to salvage something as the game wore on. Ellie Curson tested Danielle Hill from long range but they could not break down an Everton defence well marshalled by Lindsay Johnson.
Everton's win was not enough to dislodge Birmingham City from the runners-up spot and they finish in third place for the second year running, whilst Academy's improved season saw them take a top half position for the first time.
Everton: Danielle Hill, Brooke Chaplen, Alex Greenwood, Fara Williams, Lucy Bronze, Lindsay Johnson, Jody Handley, Gwennan Harries, Nikita Parris, Michelle Hinnigan, Toni Duggan. Subs: Becky Easton, Natasha Dowie, Amy Kane, Eartha Pond, Jill Scott.
Bristol Academy: Siobhan Chamberlain, Loren Dykes, Corinne Yorston, Grace McCatty, Jemma Rose, Alex Windell, Laura Del Rio Garcia, Angharad James, Natasha Harding, Jessica Fishlock, Nikki Watts. Subs not used: Ann Marie Heatherson, Ellie Curson, Rhian Cleverly.
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