Everton Women held in first Goodison derby

23/03/2023 45comments  |  Jump to last
Everton Women 1 - 1 Liverpool Women

Gabby George scored the opener in front of a record crowd at Goodison but Everton Women couldn't hold on for the win

Everton Women took on neighbours Liverpool at Goodison Park for the first time this evening but they couldn't repeat their heroics at Anfield earlier in the season in front of a record crowd of over 22,000.

Gabby George scored a superb opener, floating a cross-cum-shot over goalkeeper Rachel Laws from wide on the left but her goal was cancelled out by Katie Stengel later in the half.

The reds had the ball in the net in the second half but the goal was ruled out for a foul on the Blues' keeper and there would be no addition to the scoreline after half-time.

While the men's team are off for the international break, the two clubs' women met at the Grand Old Lady for the reverse fixture of the one held at Anfield back in September which the Blues won handsomely by a 3-0 scoreline.

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Loan star Jess Park claimed an assist and scored a mesmerising goal that evening, slaloming her way into the area before slotting past the goalkeeper and she is hoping to have a similar impact when the reds come to Goodison.

Everton usually play their home fixtures at nearby Walton Hall Park but are hoping that there will be 20,000 fans in attendance for this landmark fixture in terms of the local women's game and Park's father, Ian, will be among them.

"It’s going to be his first time at Goodison as well as my first game there so he’s very, very excited,” said the England forward who is at Everton for the season on loan from Manchester City. “I couldn’t have done everything without him. He took me everywhere. He’s a massive Everton fan so he’s going to be so proud.

“It was an absolutely incredible night [in September at Anfield]. [I]t’s one that stands out in my career highlights so far. It was just like a brilliant start to my season here with Everton. It gave us massive confidence and kind of brought us all together as a team quite well. It kind of set the tone.”

Jess Park scored a terrific goal and set another one up as Everton beat Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield last September

Her manager with the Toffees, Brian Sorensen, has enjoyed having Park this season and is proud to have helped usher into the senior Lionesses team this season.

“Jess has been great for us and it shows in the minutes we’re giving her," he said. "There are still things in her game she needs to improve but, as a whole, she looks much more confident than when she first came in.

"She is really trying to develop her physical side, she’s really taking steps in the right direction there. Then it’s just being smart under pressure - and being consistent, always tracking back and doing the right stuff.

“When she gets that right you will almost have the complete, finished product but she still has years to grow and we’re happy to help her with her development.”

Everton Women vs Liverpool Women kicks off at 7:30pm on Friday evening, 24 March, at Goodison Park.

Quotes sourced from The Telegraph

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Mark Ryan
1 Posted 23/03/2023 at 19:21:08
Great to see the Old Lady is going to be heaving tomorrow night, I see tickets are selling out fast. Best of luck to our lasses tomorrow night, do us proud,
Derek Knox
2 Posted 23/03/2023 at 23:38:37
Come on ladies do us all a favour and beat the RS !
Paul Birmingham
3 Posted 24/03/2023 at 00:36:30
Derek, let's hope so.

They played them off the Park, and won 3-0, in the reverse game, this season, at our old ground, so I'm hoping this can be a good positive for Everton FC, to take into the club over the international break.

Hopefully there will be no injuries and a full squad available, for Spurs, and to beat Spurs.

Good to see Isaac Price, debut for NI, and start. NImho, a very good player, in the making, but Evertons, situation, doesn't help the good players, in the ranks, whom, have stood out.

I reckon, a few will leave this end of season, to further their football careers.

Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 24/03/2023 at 00:39:53
They’ve only twice attracted 1,000 plus fans this season. Isn’t there a chance this could backfire if Goodison even with a “record crowd” of five times that woukd feel like a library?
Paul Birmingham
5 Posted 24/03/2023 at 00:59:00
Kieran, a good call, and the script, hopefully, will mean Everton, win, this game, and a turn of the wheel of fate, for the very good.

Fate, and fortune.. Success..


Derek Knox
6 Posted 24/03/2023 at 07:10:10
Kieran and Paul, I would go myself but it is too much messing with transport from Chester no soccer buses etc. I think they should be supported, as with the U21s and U23s as we have some really good lads at the moment.

Agree it could go pear-shaped (crowd-wise) if insufficient numbers turn up, hope it's on TV somewhere. Again my old hobby horse: a club of our size not having a proper TV channel, nearly all other major, and minor Clubs do, we have to either share Liverpool's or Man Utd's or whoever, for games like this or Youtube.

Be interesting to see if the Fat Maggot turns up for this one!

Derek Knox
7 Posted 24/03/2023 at 07:31:08
Just found this : TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Main Event/Football (UK), Paramount+ (US), FA Player (International) hope that helps !
Paul Hewitt
8 Posted 24/03/2023 at 08:22:08
Sure I've read 20k tickets already sold.
Jeff Armstrong
9 Posted 24/03/2023 at 09:36:39
Yes, I read that too, Paul. They're expecting more than that as they're opening up another stand for tickets today.
Mark Ryan
10 Posted 24/03/2023 at 09:55:38
Would be great for the women to see a decent crowd tonight. It's live on Sky but hopefully that won't prevent it being a damp squib. It's the sort of landmark game where you would expect your owner, Chairman etc to be in attendance.

Perhaps they'll stay at home rather than support the women's game developing at our club. They are a shambles if none of them are there tonight

Paul Hewitt
11 Posted 24/03/2023 at 10:15:58

I can't see Moshiri coming over from Monaco to watch a ladies football match.

Allen Rodgers
12 Posted 24/03/2023 at 11:08:29
It's been known for weeks it's live on Sky, that's why it was switched from a Sunday afternoon. Would be nice to exceed the 27,000 that attended the other place.
Jeff Armstrong
13 Posted 24/03/2023 at 12:41:25
Wonder if the board will attend?
Will they be safe?
Do we care?
Do we shite!
Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 24/03/2023 at 19:26:30
This game is on Sky tv, for any Everton fan who hasn’t seen Jess Park I think you will be impressed with her ability, a winger with real skill, I will be watching Bo Kearns for Liverpool, a granddaughter of a friend of mine, already played for England U21’s, I hope she has a good game but finishes up on the losing side.
Duncan McDine
15 Posted 24/03/2023 at 19:33:47
Their manager looks like a murderer. Perfect fit
Mark Ryan
16 Posted 24/03/2023 at 19:42:00
Chopsy twat too their manager when bring interviewed pre match
Duncan McDine
17 Posted 24/03/2023 at 19:59:00
Get the fook in there!!!! Great goal
Mark Ryan
18 Posted 24/03/2023 at 19:59:49
Their managers not happy ha ha 1-0 !
James Flynn
19 Posted 24/03/2023 at 20:12:49
Don't know where you are in the world, but I go here: https://cricfree.unblckd.pw/

Scroll down the schedule and you'll see the game listed.

Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 24/03/2023 at 20:45:15
Everton getting bullied out of this game, just not physical enough.
Michael Lynch
21 Posted 24/03/2023 at 20:56:34
I like to think of myself as forward thinking and progressive, but that’s definitely a man just come on for the Shite
Mick Davies
22 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:06:01
Michael at 21, my thoughts too; should be a DNA test there.

For anyone who hasn't been watching, it's on Showcase, and Jess Park has just had a cracking goal ruled out.

Michael Lynch
23 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:07:50
22,000 at goodison.

Some quality football on show too.

Mick Davies
24 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:08:00
22,000, a WSL record for the lady blues
Paul Hewitt
25 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:10:05
That RS goal that got disallowed must be the worst referring decision ever. Absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Mick Davies
26 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:12:39
Paul, there was a slight 'foul' on our keeper as she was getting across. They keep raving about that, but not our penalty claim just before it.
Mick Davies
27 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:22:38
Our keeper has been amazing!
Ray Roche
28 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:22:44
The Liverpool No 19… I've seen more feminine scaffolders. She (?) makes my ex look quite tidy.

Oh for fuck's sake, it's a joke.🤦🏼‍♂️

Barry Hesketh
29 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:22:54
Paul @25,

Something goes in Everton's favour and still you're not happy.

Mark Murphy
30 Posted 24/03/2023 at 21:40:11
Ray, I see what you mean.

My northern mum would've said that girl prefers pints not halves, but it was a good game in the end.


Paul Hewitt
31 Posted 24/03/2023 at 22:13:54
Barry @29,

At what point did I say I wasn't happy?

I didn't see anything wrong with the goal, that's all.

Will Mabon
32 Posted 24/03/2023 at 22:33:37
"Watched by a club record crowd of 22,161 fans, the match was the first women's derby to be played at the men's stadium."

I'm going to complain about this. Players' derby, players' stadium.

Wonder who was Woman of the Match?

Nick Page
33 Posted 24/03/2023 at 22:45:33
F‘kinell... people actually watch this!? And pay money?
Barry Hesketh
34 Posted 24/03/2023 at 22:48:49
Nick @33,

I sometimes struggle to watch the actual Premier League, so I find it even more difficult to watch games like tonight's encounter between the old foes of Merseyside. Good luck to those that do enjoy it, but it's not for me.

Bill Watson
35 Posted 25/03/2023 at 01:41:27
I couldn't make it tonight but managed to catch some of the commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Only being familiar with a couple of our players' names was a major snag as the commentary often failed to mention whether it was us or Liverpool who had the ball. On one occasion, a corner was awarded, and taken, without me having any idea whether it was for us or them. Only when the commentator said the ball had been cleared and Everton were breaking was it clear that they'd had the corner.

Radio Merseyside need to get their act together and take on board that many of the names are unfamiliar to listeners.

Mark Ryan
39 Posted 25/03/2023 at 11:22:26
Well, for what it's worth, and it's only my opinion, my daughter went last night and took two friends from Uni who had never set foot inside any football stadium, ever.

They loved it and are now, overnight, converted Toffees. They loved everything about it. They loved the lights, the reality of seeing a real game. They loved the siren, the whole ambience — if that's not a good thing for EFC, I don't know what is.

Made me proud to be an Evertonian of some 60 years listening to them enthuse when they rang me after the match and hopefully those two girls will be back and continue to support their "new" team.

I watched it. It is not men's football but I could still appreciate the effort. Not sure why, when it's Everton v Liverpool and at Goodison, that more of our fan base take no interest. The club means a lot to me and that love extends to the very bricks and mortar, the smell of the place, the look, the memories it all evokes throughout me.

I might be a different sort of supporter… men, women or kids.


Kevin Prytherch
40 Posted 25/03/2023 at 11:54:39
I can't tell who's fishing on here and who's being serious….

Women's football has evolved massively over the last 10 years and since a lot of teams went professional. Last night, there were a number of very good technical players, a number of players who were far more comfortable on the ball than many of our men's first team, and a refreshing change in seeing the amount of respect for officials. It also sets a good example for kids – which is something the men's game doesn't.

I took my daughter to Goodison for the first time last night, she started playing football about 18 months ago in goal. Brosnan is now her favourite player. She was superb last night.

There's plenty of women's games nowadays that I'd rather watch over the men's games. Obviously the men's Everton team will always take preference but, given the choice of watching Brentford vs Bournemouth or a decent women's game, I'd go for the latter.

Overall – really good game last night.

Dave Abrahams
41 Posted 25/03/2023 at 12:11:55
Football is football and each to their own.

I enjoy watching woman's football and you see some very good players in a lot of games, such as last night's game. You also see a lot of poor play but the woman's game is still evolving.

If you looked at the game of 10 years ago and now, there is a vast improvement, but of course some football fans are just not interested in the woman's game and that is fair enough.

Geoff Trenner
42 Posted 25/03/2023 at 12:33:24
I haven’t ever watched a women’s game.
What level does it compare to in the men’s game?
Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 25/03/2023 at 13:11:32
Geoff (42),

I don't think you could compare the two games. I think a Sunday league team would always beat the best of the woman's game simply because of the physical difference between the two although you do see some robust tackles going in now and again.

You could pick out some really good all-round woman footballers but they would stand out as rarities: Lucy Bronze, the English right back was one of them. But, as I love football, I enjoy any football match – and I understand fans who couldn't care less about the women's game.

Geoff Trenner
44 Posted 26/03/2023 at 19:40:00
Thanks Dave

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