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Notts County became the first FA WSL side to reach Wembley when they condemned Everton to a 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park in the semi finals of the FA Women's Cup.
The Toffees had opportunities throughout the 90 minutes but Notts County proved to be more clinical in front of goal and second half strikes from Jess Clarke, Ellen White and Danielle Buet secured County's place in the Final and avenged last year's defeat to Everton at this stage.
Everton nearly got off to the perfect start within the first minute of the contest when Lucy Whipp skipped in from the left hand side and unleashed a 25-yard shot but her effort cannoned of the crossbar.
With both sides desperate to net the opening goal, it was end-to-end in the early exchanges with Megan Walsh saving well from Clarke while Emily Hollinshead had an appeal for a penalty turned away after it looked like the Welsh international was tripped in the box.
Notts County gradually began to control the game with Aileen Whelan, Rachel Williams and Clarke all coming close to breaking the deadlock. But it was Whipp who had another clear cut chance to put the Blues ahead on 38 minutes. Skipper Michelle Hinnigan found the forward on the left hand side of the box but with just the keeper to beat, Whipp couldn't generate any power behind her effort to trouble Carly Telford.
Everton were made to pay for that missed opportunity when they fell behind just seconds into the second half. Former Blue Alex Greenwood whipped in a cross from the left hand side and Clarke was on hand to slot home from close range.
The Toffees' task was made even harder just ten minutes later as Greenwood provided another pinpoint cross but this time it was White who headed home.
With time running out, Spence looked to change things and Blues boss Andy Spence brought on Claudia Walker to replace Emily Hollinshead but the game was put out of their reach on 81 minutes.
Turner was shown a yellow card for a foul deep in Everton's half and Notts County netted their third from the resulting free kick. Buet's inswinging effort missed everyone in the box and nestled into the bottom corner to seal a 3-0 victory and put an end to the Blues hopes of a second successive FA Women's Cup final appearance.
Everton: Megan Walsh, Vicky Jones, Gabrielle George, Lindsay Johnson, Danielle Turner, Paige Williams, Millie Turner (sub Kelly Jones 58mins), Emily Hollinshead (sub Claudia Walker 61mins), Michelle Hinnigan, Lucy Whipp, Simone Magill. Subs not used: Kirstie Levell, Ellie Stewart, Lauren Davies.
Notts County: Carly Telford, Sophie Walton, Laura Bassett, Fern Whelan, Alex Greenwood, Danielle Buet, Leanne Crichton, Jess Clarke (sub Dunia Susi 69mins), Ellen White (sub Amy Turner 85mins), Rachel Williams (sub Fiona O'Sullivan 81mins), Aileen Whelan. Subs not used: Laura-Jayne O'Neill, Ash Plumptre.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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