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Bees denied by Everton fightback
 Women's Football News 6 Apr 2015
 
Everton 2 (Turner 50,56) London Bees 2 (Loomes 26, Nicol 39)
Danielle Turner's second half double saw Everton remain unbeaten in WSL 2 this season, after going in at the break 2-0 down to the visitors. 
 
Goals from Lucy Loomes and Leigh Nicol gave the Bees the advantage, but a strong second half saw the Blues come away with a point.
 
As early as the second minute, Nicol seized on poor defending to strike an effort that thumped Megan Walsh's right hand post and Andria Georgiou's wild attempt from outside the box flashed wide. Everton gave themselves something to shout about in the opening half hour with Lucy Whipp turning her marker to test Sophie Harris, but the Blues fell behind on 25 minutes through Loomes.
 
The Toffees lost possession deep in their own half with Katherine Huggins taking full advantage, squaring it to Loomes who rifled a shot past the outstretching Megan Walsh and into the net.
 
Michelle Hinnigan's drive from 25 yards was sliced wide whilst Cheryl Williams shot was on target, but Walsh managed to get her body behind it for a corner.
 
But the second came straight from the resulting corner, with Nicol whipping the ball under the bar and into the net to send the London side into a 2-0 lead just before half time.
 
The interval couldn't come quick enough for the Blues with the visitors in command of the first half. Andy Spence brought on Lauren Davies and Faye Bryson for Danielle Lea and Jess King at half time but it took a moment of brilliance from Dan Turner to reduce the deficit.
 
The Everton midfielder picked up possession from her own half, refusing to part with the ball until reaching the area taking on several players in the process before toe-poking the ball past Sophie Harris.
 
Turner was played in again on the left-hand side - she turned down the opportunity to square it to Lucy Whipp with the goal at her mercy to slot the ball tidily past Harris for the second time in the afternoon.
 
It could have been a hat-trick for Turner after resolute play from Danielle Young saw her chip the ball into the box with Turner lurking at the back post, but her shot on the half volley was miscued, allowing Harris to hold onto the effort.
 
The Everton winner was getting closer and closer, Lucy Whipp spotting Sophie Harris off her line but her chip over the shot-stopper fell on the roof of the net, whilst a last dash clearance denied Michelle Hinnigan a sniff at goal inside the six yard box.
 
Georgiou had a chance at restoring the Bees lead from a dead ball, but her free kick just outside the area sailed over the goalmouth.
 
With five minutes left, only the bar could deny Lindsay Johnson, with the defender meeting Turner's corner, using her neck muscles to power a header that stung the palms of Harris before striking the bar. Whipp was another who threatened on grabbing the winner but the ball bounced awkwardly seeing her effort comfortably saved by the Bees keeper, whilst Young's dinking header floated just wide of the post, and with that, so did Everton's chances of grabbing the winner, seeing the Bees return to the capital with a point. 
 
Everton: Megan Walsh, Vicky Jones, Danielle Turner, Danielle Lea (sub Faye Bryson 45mins), Danielle Young, Lindsay Johnson, Jess King (sub Lauren Davies 45mins), Michelle Hinnigan, Lucy Whipp, Megan Alexander, Kelly Jones.

London Bees: Sophie Harris, Katherine Huggins, Louise Fellows, Aoife Hurley, Jade Dempster, Rebecca Anderson, Gemma Fraser, Leigh Nicol (sub Ashleigh Goddard 70mins), Lucy Loomes, Cheryl Williams, Andria Georgiou.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)

 
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