General view before start of the match Everton Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies WSL football match, Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport, UK - 31 Mar 2019 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

REWIND: Ruthless Arsenal ease to routine victory over improving Everton

Arsenal faced one of their toughest challenges on the road in the first half of 2019/2020 season when they made the trip to the Pure Stadium in Southport to face a much-improved Everton side in December.

Willie Kirk’s side were heading towards Christmas with a points tally of 15, more than they had accrued in the whole of last season. Arsenal had lost just once in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season but their trip to Merseyside looked set to pose a threat to that record.

FA Women’s Super League Full-Time review that game to see whether Everton caused an upset or Arsenal notched yet another league victory.

It took Arsenal little time to break the deadlock on Merseyside. In the 14th minute, a Kim Little cross found the ever-reliable head of Vivianne Miedema and the Dutch international looped the ball beyond Everton keeper Tinja Riikka Korpela into the net.

Korpela denied The Gunners a second first half goal as she blocked a Lisa Evans shot before a Jill Roord effort from 20 yards flashed wide.

The second half saw Danielle van de Donk bring a good save out of Korpela before Arsenal were awarded a penalty when Little was fouled in the box. The Scotland international stepped up to take the spot kick herself and successfully converted from 12 yards.

Arsenal’s two-goal lead soon became three when substitute Leonie Maier’s low cross was swept home by Miedema.

Chloe Kelly capitalised on some slack Arsenal play to fire home a consolation goal with 12 minutes remaining but this was the visitors’ day as Joe Montemurro’s side recorded a 3-1 victory over an Everton side who were yet to trouble the top sides in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

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