Birmingham City are now winless in seven Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches after being defeated 4-0 by Everton at St George’s Park.
Goals from Jill Scott, Alisha Lehmann, Claire Emslie and Simone Magill secured victory for The Blue Girls who remain in fifth place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table.
Carla Ward made three changes to her Birmingham City side that lost 4-0 against Arsenal at the weekend, with Christie Murray, Jamie-Lee Napier and Claudia Walker all coming in to replace Georgia Brougham, Chloe McCarron and Emily Murphy.
Meanwhile, Willie Kirk made five changes to his Everton side that were narrowly edged out 1-0 by Manchester City, with Poppy Pattinson, Scott, Hayley Raso, Lehmann and Emslie all being restored to the starting XI.
There was a nasty collision between Walker and Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver after only nine minutes when the forward found herself clear through on goal, before being taken out. The goalkeeper received a yellow card for the foul but came out worse in the tackle as she was forced off, being replaced by Tinja-Riikka Korpela.
It took 36 minutes for the first real piece of action to take place as Everton took the lead through Scott. The midfielder sweetly swept the ball across goal beyond Hannah Hampton, following good attacking play down the right from Raso.
Birmingham City had the chance to equalise moments later, but wasted their chance as Napier found herself clear through on goal following a good through ball by Walker, but she could only see her effort go high over the bar.
That miss would become costly for the hosts as Everton doubled their lead heading into first half injury time. Lehmann netted her first goal for The Blue Girls with a brilliant header beyond Hampton, following another brilliant cross from the right, this time by Emslie.
Scott was denied her second goal of the game, and her side’s third goal just before half-time, as her shot on the half volley hit the underside of the bar and dropped into the hands of Hampton.
Everton continued to grow into their stride early into the second half and they scored their third goal of the evening after 50 minutes through an Emslie lob from outside the penalty area following a mix-up at the back between Hampton and her defence.
The visitors continued to apply pressure and looked for more goals through a flurry of corners, but all were dealt with and cleared by the hosts.
Everton found their fourth goal of the evening approaching second half injury time, through Northern Ireland international Magill. She struck a fierce volley from 25 yards out, leaving Hampton with no chance.
Birmingham City looked strong within the opening 10 minutes of the game, but following the collision between Walker and MacIver, they became second best as Everton took a foothold in the game and secured themselves a vital three points.
The defeat leaves Birmingham City winless in seven league games and they will want to put that right when they travel to bottom of the league West Ham United for an all-important six pointer next Wednesday. Everton host Chelsea at Walton Hall Park on the same evening.