Nicoline Sorenson’s injury time goal helped Everton record a 2-1 victory over Durham in their Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie this afternoon.
Last season’s finalists probably weren’t expecting to be pushed so far by The Wildcats but the North East side proved to be a very tough nut to crack.
The best chance of the first half fell the way of the visiting side when Ali Johnson got in-behind the Everton defence and played a great low cross into the area. Bridget Galloway saw her effort blocked and the ball rolled to Beth Hepple who in-turn was denied by some last-ditch Everton defending.
The sides went in goalless for the interval and there was still plenty of hope for both teams following an evenly contested 45 minutes.
Almost straight from kick-off in the second period, Durham had the lead. The ball was played back to Molly Sharpe on the edge of the area and the Durham number eight curved a shot across goal and into the far top corner. It was a wonderful strike which gave her side an unlikely lead.
The Wildcats’ advantage lasted seconds as Everton equalised almost instantly. A cross in from the right was flapped at by Durham keeper Megan Borthwick and left-back Poppy Pattinson was there to poke the ball in for The Blue Girls.
Everton pushed hard as the half went on, sensing the Durham fitness wavering. They nearly took the lead when Jill Scott’s header glanced off the woodwork late on.
The game looked set for extra-time until Everton eventually made the breakthrough in the first minute of stoppage time. A ball played in across the Durham area found it’s way to substitute Sorensen at the back post who hammered her shot into the roof of the net.
That proved to be the decisive goal as Everton held on to qualify for the fifth round and eliminate Durham. It doesn’t get any easier for The Blue Girls in the next round as they next face Barclays FA Women’s Super League leaders and UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.