Everton must look to show the women’s footballing world just how far they have come by finally putting an end to their nine-match losing run against the teams placed in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s ‘top three’ bracket.
The Blue Girls face Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea at Goodison Park in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a winnable semi-final tie against Brighton & Hove Albion or Birmingham City up for grabs.
Everton’s recent record against the traditional ‘top three’ clubs is a poor one. Since recording a goalless draw with Chelsea in Southport two years ago, the Merseyside club have lost the nine matches which have followed against the elite. The curse of the top three must be ended this weekend if Everton are to keep their hopes of 2019/2020 silverware alive.
Manager Willie Kirk has brought in a whole host of impressive new international signings over the course of the summer and the plan seems to be working right from day one with Everton having recorded victories over both Bristol City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. Chelsea will now provide The Blue Girls’ first major test in the latest stage of their development and how Everton cope against star-studded opposition will be a marker of just how far they have come since the end of last season.
The long term plan on Merseyside is that Everton will be competing amongst the ‘top three’ in the coming years and now is the time to begin to ruffle the feathers of those top clubs and make a further big statement of intent by moving to within a step of Wembley.