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Everton 1 (Parris 36) Chelsea 2 (Aluko 12, Borges 67)
Everton's search for a first WSL win of the season continues as goals from Eniola Aluko and substitute Ana Borges cancelled out Nikita Parris' stunning effort to take Chelsea second in the table.
Andy Spence's side will feel particularly aggrieved as a Kelly Jones strike was chalked off as Simone Magill was adjudged to be offside.
An entertaining fixture started brightly as Rachel Brown-Finnis saved well from Aluko, while Chelsea custodian Christiane Endler's casual approach was nearly punished by the alert Parris.
Aluko continued to threaten and made a chance count on 12 minutes. Her England colleague Brown-Finnis' smart stop was only parried back into the forward's path and the Chelsea striker made no mistake on her second attempt.
Brooke Chaplen nearly made an immediate response against her former employers, but saw her effort go narrowly wide after a strong run and surge into the box.
Then came the moment of controversy for the Blues. A well worked move between Magill and Jones found the latter in space, who finished emphatically. Joy quickly turned to frustration as the officials ruled Northern Ireland star Magill offside with Everton players adamant the striker was level with play.
But on 36 minutes Parris did restore parity. The 20-year-old's strength and purposeful endeavour was followed by a deft finish over the advancing Endler for her sixth goal of the season.
Chelsea continued to threaten and Brown-Finnis remained the busier of the keepers for the remainder of the half.
The second half continued to be competitive and Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was quick to make changes. Substitute Borges very nearly made an instant impact, looping the ball over the head of Brown-Finnis who somehow got back to claw away and keep the scores level.
But Spence's side failed to heed that warning as an error from the otherwise flawless Gabby George allowed the Portuguese star to claim her first WSL goal on debut and restore her team's lead.
The Toffees continued to press but the visitors held on to claim the three points and leave the Blues bottom of the WSL.
Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Danielle Turner, Alex Greenwood, Brooke Chaplen, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Gabrielle George, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris, Simone Magill, Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Vicky Jones, Paige Williams, Lucy Whipp, Millie Turner, Lauren Davies.
Chelsea: Christiane Endler, Hannah Blundell, Claire Rafferty, Drew Spence, Gilly Flaherty, Emma Wilhelmsson, Yuki Ogimi (sub Rachel Williams 70mins), Katie Chapman, Eniola Aluko (sub Jackie Groenen 75mins), Ji So-Yun, Laura Coombs (sub Ana Borges 61mins). Subs not used: Marie Hourihan, Laura Bassett, Jodie Brett, Rosella Ayane.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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