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Everton 3 (Magill 35, Whelan 40, Chaplen 68) Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Smith 62)
Everton proved to be too strong for Doncaster Rovers Belles as they ran out 3-1 winners in an entertaining game at the Select Security Stadium.
Goals from Simone Magill and Fern Whelan gave Everton a 2-0 half time lead before a penalty from Sue Smith just after the break gave the visitors hope - but Brooke Chaplen sealed the win with a brilliant breakaway goal.
The win leaves Everton third in their group - level on seven points with Liverpool who lie in second spot on goal difference. Manchester City currently sit top of the table on nine points.
From the start, the Blues applied the pressure with Nikita Parris proving to be a handful for the Doncaster defence, creating a chance for Chaplen in the opening minutes who fired just wide. Parris continued to threaten and she nearly created an opportunity for herself as she looked to be away on goal but for a great tackle from the Doncaster defender.
With momentum building, chances were being created and the deadlock was broken on the half hour. Belles keeper Nicola Hobbs saved well from a Parris header but she couldn't stop Northern Ireland star Magill from tapping in at the far post.
Everton immediately doubled their lead when a Hinnigan free kick was well saved but from the resulting corner, there was a scramble in the area and Whelan was there to give Spence's side a two-goal lead.
Heading into the latter stages of the game, the Blues looked comfortable but Lindsay Johnson was adjudged to have fouled in the area and Sue Smith dispatched the penalty to give the visitors hope of a comeback.
Rovers continued to threaten after the goal and put the Blues on the back foot but on 68 minutes all hopes of a comeback were gone. Everton superbly turned defence into attack as Hinnigan found Parris who raced away, giving it to Chaplen who then supplied a cool finish to seal the win for the Blues.
Everton: Megan Walsh, Vicky Jones, Alex Greenwood, Brooke Chaplen, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson (sub Lucy Whipp 70mins), Danielle Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Millie Turner, Simone Magill, Kelly Jones.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Lauren Cresswell, Leandra Little (sub Victoria Williams 45mins), Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka, Reanne Thomas, Sue Smith, Jess Sigsworth (sub Ashleigh Mills 77mins), Millie Bright, Beth England (sub Emma Johnson 67mins).
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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