31 Jan Match Report: Huddersfield Town 0-4 Everton
Posted at 10:45h in Match Report, Women’s FA Cup
A record-breaking crowd of 1,168 travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield to watch the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth-round tie between Huddersfield Town and Everton.
Women’s Super League side Everton beat National League side Huddersfield Town 4-0 to progress to the fifth round of the competition.
The home side were up against it from the get-go as Anna Anvegård opened the scoring with just three minutes played. She slotted the ball cooly past keeper Becky Flaherty to put her side into the lead.
With the majority of the pressure coming from the visitors the home side played well and managed to keep Everton at bay; with some crucial saves by Flaherty to keep her side in the game.
Despite all their chances it took Everton until the 37th minute to score their second. French international Valérie Gauvin headed home from a corner to get her first goal of the game.
As half-time approached Huddersfield were close to pulling a goal back. Kate Malin was through on goal but her shot was a few inches too wide of the post. Courtney Brosnan, who was not troubled many times in the Everton goal, got down well to ensure the ball went safely past.
Everton went into the break with a two-goal advantage and were in control of the tie.
Gauvin ensured her team started the second half with a goal when she picked up the ball in space and sent her strike flying past the diving keeper; putting her team into the driving seat going into the final 40 minutes.
Huddersfield played with bravery and confidence and were able to snub out any Everton threat for nearly the whole second half. They created a number of chances in front of goal but were unable to capitalise and Flaherty pulled off some impressive saves to deny the likes of Toni Duggan.
With a minute left to play there was just time for second-half substitute Claire Emslie to get her name on the score sheet. Her well-timed half volley sailed over the head of Flaherty and crashed off the back of the net.
Two goals in each half saw the visitors take the victory despite a commendable performance from the lower league side. Their cup run ends here with their record of scoring 26 goals, the most of any team in the tournament so far, still intact.