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Yeovil Town 0 Everton 0
England Under-19 squad goalkeepers Kirstie Levell and Charlotte Haynes both had fine matches as Yeovil Town and Everton fought out a goalless draw in front of a crowd of 534 at Huish Park.
The result did little for the promotion aspirations of either club but this was a thoroughly entertaining encounter which the hosts edged in terms of chances but where the visitors were always dangerous themselves.
It was Haynes who impressed first as Everton started on the front foot, the Yeovil keeper leaping to parry a powerful Ellie Stewart header from a corner . Levell made a fine save from Sarah Wiltshire on nine minutes, before the latter set up fellow Welsh international Nicola Cousins for a shot just wide. Ann Marie Heatherson cleverly set up Ellis Hillman but Paige Williams produced a saving block for Everton on 21 minutes.
Michelle Hinnigan fired in a 25-yard effort which flew inches wide of goal and was then denied by a flying save from Haynes to beat away another powerful shot as Everton looked dangerous. Yeovil responded with their best spell and Levell was out quickly to deny Natasha Knapman after good build up from Heatherson and Ellie Curson.
Emily Hollinshead did well to tee up Kelly Jones who shot straight at Haynes whilst at the other end Heatherson headed over from a Yorston cross then a superb run and set up by Wiltshire saw Yorston fire wide of Levell's goal from 15 yards to end a breathless half.
Danielle Turner, who was very influential down the Everton left throughout, was the first to threaten after the break but Levell was soon in action, making another good save to deny Knapman again after Heatherson had played her in. Turner's run and cross found Simone Magill who shot over Haynes' bar on 57 minutes as the teams traded chances.
Wiltshire was the next to be foiled by the Everton keeper with a point blank block. Everton substitute Jess King was immediately in the action, going close twice then Turner was denied by a saving tackle from Glovers skipper Natalie Haigh on 71 minutes.
Everton pressed well and forced several corners as the clock ticked down but the better chances still fell to the hosts. Wiltshire had a shot deflected wide, then Haigh headed over from the resulting corner. The final drama came when Wiltshire once more got free and her cross shot was fingertipped away by the diving Levell in the second additional minute.
Both sides had given their all and deserved the long and loud applause at the final whistle. Both will now need big favours from the top two in order to get promotion but had served up a spectacle worthy of the setting with fine individual performances all over the pitch.
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Nicola Cousins, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston, Stephanie Williams, Ellie Curson, Ellis Hillman (sub Sammy Quayle 67mins), Ann Marie Heatherson (sub Emily Donovan 71mins), Natasha Knapman (sub Alys Hinchcliffe 87mins), Sarah Wiltshire. Subs not used: Ellie Isaac, Shauna Cossens, Jessie Jones, Alice Evans.
Everton: Kirstie Levell, Lindsay Johnson (sub Vicky Jones 88mins), Ellie Stewart, Gabby George, Paige Williams (sub Danielle Lea 88mins), Emily Hollinshead (sub Jess King 59mins), Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones, Danielle Turner, Simone Magill, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah. Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Claudia Walker, Lauren Davies.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Nicola Cousins takes on Paige Williams
(middle) Ann Marie Heatherson tries to win the ball from Michelle Hinnigan
(bottom) A chase between Gabby George and Ann Marie Heatherson
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