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Relief for County but agony for Everton
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Notts County 2 (Whelan 42,83) Everton 0
An Aileen Whelan double was enough to give Notts County the three points, the result relegating opponents Everton. 
Notts had the first chance of the first half, Fiona O'Sullivan beating Fern Whelan to Katie Hoyle's corner, but the striker could only head wide. Nikita Parris was looking lively for the visitors as the game approached ten minutes. First Rachel Corsie blocked the striker's shot before Danielle Brogan did well to block a second drive.
Everton, who needed to win to avoid relegation at the final whistle, went close to opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Millie Turner found space 25 yards from goal and drove a low shot towards goal, the shot beating Carly Telford in the Notts goal, but it struck the post and flew clear. The Lady Pies reacted well, Jess Clarke finding space down the right and crossing low towards Aileen Whelan, the Everton defence just clearing in time.
Michelle Hinnigan struck a free kick from 30 yards on 20 minutes, after the referee had pulled play back. The midfielder's free kick hit the wall and deflected into Telford's hands.
O'Sullivan and Clarke linked up well just before the half hour, the England striker running onto O'Sullivan's flick on before driving her shot straight at Rachel Brown-Finnis.
With three minutes to go until half time the home side took the lead. Gabby George mishit her back pass for the visitors, the ball drifting out for a corner. Aileen Whelan rose highest at the back post to head Katie Hoyle's corner into the gaping net and give County the lead.
Everton started the better of the two sides in the second half, Notts left back Amy Turner doing well to dive in and block Nikita Parris' shot.
As the game passed the hour mark Notts had two chances to double their lead. First Clarke stole in quickly to steal the ball, driving into the area before firing over Brown-Finnis' bar. A minute later County broke with O'Sullivan, Friend and Clarke attacking the exposed Everton back two. Fiona O'Sullivan brought the ball forward and as space opened up, the Ireland international opted to shoot, but could only find Brown-Finnis' arms.
Hoyle was the latest Notts player to try her luck with twenty minutes to go. Clarke's cross was only cleared as far as the midfielder on the edge of the box, Hoyle striking low but her shot was deflected for a corner. From the New Zealand international's corner, County almost repeated the first goal, however this time Aileen Whelan could only direct her header over the bar.
With just over ten minutes to go Parris hit a vicious shot from far out, Telford getting down well and claiming at the second attempt. Jess Clarke broke clear down the right on 81 minutes, crossing low to Caitlin Friend but the substitute fired over.
A minute later and Aileen Whelan netted hers, and Notts', second. Great passing football from Notts found Clarke in space, the striker driving towards the last defender before sliding the ball to Whelan, the striker driving the ball past Brown-Finnis and into the net. 
Notts County: Carly Telford, Sophie Walton, Amy Turner, Katie Hoyle, Rachel Corsie, Danielle Brogan, Jess Clarke, Aileen Whelan, Fiona O'Sullivan, Dunia Susi (sub Caitlin Friend 60mins), Desiree Scott.

Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Gabrielle George (sub Simone Magill 76mins), Alex Greenwood, Brooke Chaplen, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Danielle Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris, Lucy Whipp, Kelly Jones.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)

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