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Everton Women maintained their impressive record at Anfield with another away victory over neighbours Liverpool thanks to Megan Finnigan's strike.

Just like last season, the captain scored the opener in the women's Merseyside derby but this time it was the only goal.

In front of 23,088 fans, the Blues had suffered an early setback when Lucy Hope was forced off with an ankle injury and the reds scored soon afterwards, only for Missy Bo Kearns’s strike to be ruled out for offside.

However, when Nicoline Sorensen's shot was pushed behind by Rachael Laws, Finnigan rose to head home Katrine Veje’s corner just past the half-hour mark.

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Brian Sorensen's team were able to largely keep Liverpool at bay for the remaining hour of the contest, restricting the hosts to just three efforts on goal and claiming their first win of the new season.

The men's team will, of course, be hoping that the women's victory will be a good omen and precursor to this coming Saturday when Sean Dyche's side cross Stanley Park for the lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League.


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John Gall
1 Posted 16/10/2023 at 08:44:59
Everton were organised, skilful and tenacious and could have had a couple more. If only the men were half as good. And how sweet it was to see our players celebrating in front of the Kop, and being booed by the red lowlife.
Ray Roche
2 Posted 16/10/2023 at 09:07:02

I watched the second half, I've heard people say that women's football has yet to be tainted by the cynical fouls, cheating and diving of the men's game.

I saw the RS right winger (Enderby?) dive for a penalty with no contact at all, yet no yellow card, and the RS defender Hinds cynically chop down Duggan(?) ‘taking one for the team' as the pundit said, for a deserved yellow.

I also saw an Everton player yellow-carded for taking too long over a throw-in. Correctly but why no card for diving? Could it be the Anfield factor?

Ian Jones
3 Posted 16/10/2023 at 09:28:44
The more money coming in to the women's game and the more at stake, the more cynical play will be on show. I saw another opportunity to bring an Everton player down in the last few mins but the Liverpool player missed with her attempt. That would of been out of frustration.

Good performance by the Blues, I particularly liked the way we controlled them in the last 5 mins or so of normal time, gave them the run around. They started to look livelier in the last few mins of injury time, so much so thaf I fully expected an equaliser.

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 16/10/2023 at 09:48:41
I only watched the first half reluctantly had to go out and missed most of the second half but was as nervous for the team as I was for any Derby game I've seen, we managed the early storm from Liverpool but got back in the game and were in charge when I went out, well done girls.

My evening wasn't spoiled, I had a great night with nice people but I would have loved to see the girls enjoying themselves in front of the Kop at the end.

Dave Cashen
5 Posted 16/10/2023 at 11:19:13
You really would have, Dave.

The RS ladies on the kop were, unsurprisingly, every bit as gracious as their gobshite male counterparts. Gesturing and booing as our girls walked towards the band of blues. It clearly didn't deter them as they celebrated long after the last red had left the ground.

I'm up there for the game next week. RS family have sorted me a ticket. Unfortunately it's a kop ticket – beggars can't be choosers.

Like our girls, I will ignore the inevitable abuse and hopefully I too will be still there celebrating with a pocket of other blues long after the last Kopite has gone home.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 16/10/2023 at 11:44:16
Dave (5),

I know you know the score about being on the Kop but when we score be careful because if you cheer too much you'll be escorted out 'for your own safety' by the stewards, it happens at both grounds now unfortunately. I'd just wear a silly grin after the goal if I was you, but each to their own!

Danny O’Neill
7 Posted 16/10/2023 at 13:00:37
Okay, I am proper going into Derby mode and debating with the family. Health warning, it's going to get worse as the week goes on.


Forget the Moyes years, it's still a great song.

Those at the former ground next will let them know it.

Rob Halligan
8 Posted 16/10/2023 at 13:12:34
Another one for you Danny, scroll down a bit to the medal which was given to the Everton players to celebrate their winning the league title at Anfield. The bird is ours….The bird is blue………long before them bastards were even thought of.

Remembering Everton's first League Champions

Dave Cashen
9 Posted 16/10/2023 at 14:10:42
Noted Dave. Thanks for the heads up.
Brian Wilkinson
10 Posted 16/10/2023 at 15:21:46
Be careful on the Kop Dave, like Dave says, both at Everton and the shithole, the stewards will escort you out of the ground, if you are in the wrong end of the ground, and jump up after a goal.

Might be worth letting a dog cock it’s leg up on you, so you blend in with the smell on the Kop, and not stand out as much.

Brian Wilkinson
11 Posted 16/10/2023 at 15:41:07
The women played well, they bossed large parts of the game, nice to hear the Red bias say it was Evertons first shot on target in the 11th minute, only for the Blue corner chirp in and say Liverpool never had a shot on target from the 11th minute up to the 42nd minute, back at you.

They failed to mention Everton hitting the bar and a clear free header put wide.

Some have mentioned the dive for a penalty for them not being yellow carded, but just like their male counter parts, they fail to do the decent thing, and stop play for a whack in the face, and continue charging towards our goal, then to top it off, they find over an extra minute from nowhere, at the end of the game.

But Everton ladies controlled the game and we’re by far the better team, was a joy to see the Evertonians on the Kop, belting out Zcars, and winding the Kop up.

Let’s just hope for once, the men cross over the park, and give it a go.

David Reed
12 Posted 16/10/2023 at 16:17:57
I was at Mordor in the Kemlyn (I think) Road stand with four reds and the only blue around. There really are some horrible people there who laughed when Lucy Hope was injured badly.

The constant screaming for every little thing and the sense of injustice at everything that went against them was incessant. When I stood up to applaud the ladies at the end I got some really menacing looks but who cares! Won't go back there in a hurry.

Well done EFC Women let's hope the guys can follow suit on Saturday.

Paul Birmingham
13 Posted 16/10/2023 at 20:06:55
Always a treat to see any Everton team, beat the RS, any where but special at our old ground.well deserved and composed effort by Everton ladies once they settled down, and played the match at their pace.

Thinking about almost 39 years ago, in the Kemlyn Road, side of the ground, by the Anfield Road, and what a day that was.
Andy a couple of years ago, under Carlo, where did all the in-between years go?

Hopefully the good feeling will be with Everton this Saturday.


Stephen Davies
14 Posted 16/10/2023 at 22:22:52
Rumours spreading about the whole of the Anfield Road Stand being closed for the derby…
Brian Williams
15 Posted 16/10/2023 at 22:24:19
For what reason?
Stephen Davies
16 Posted 16/10/2023 at 23:32:48

Concrete failure on the ground floor. It wasn't open for the women's derby.

They hired Cowboy builders.

Bill Watson
17 Posted 17/10/2023 at 00:40:53
The RS are desperately trying to get 4,000 of their season ticket holders to give up their seats for the derby game and offering a pro rata refund plus a whopping £10 off voucher for online RS purchases (must be redeemed by the end of November).

Meanwhile, rumours are rife that cost-saving corners were cut in the stand extension and that structural problems may have been discovered.

Just hope it doesn't collapse on Saturday. Of course, if it does it won't be their fault!

Eric Myles
18 Posted 17/10/2023 at 01:09:29

Ttheir other new extension is delayed with no new completion date.

Oh, it's the same stand.

Paul Ferry
19 Posted 17/10/2023 at 06:32:46
Great Danny, but that song fucking bugs me putting Gray in that company because, lazily, Gray who played 49 games for us – 49 – rhymes with Kay, who I don't need to be told played only 8 games more but was 10 times the player. I liked Gray but I fucking loved Sharp.

It's derby week lad, you're not the only one who is up for it and excited.

Paul Ferry
20 Posted 17/10/2023 at 06:38:40
Some things don't change Rob H - they knew a point at Burnley on the last day would be enough to wrestle Preston's crown away from them. Around 2,000 Evertonians made the trip to Turf Moor with kick-off delayed due to crowd congestion.
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 17/10/2023 at 10:03:56
Bill (17), nice to see you posting again, hope you have been okay, nice story about our lodgers, I knew they wouldn't look after our old gaff.

Paul (19), Duncan McKenzie only played 30 odd games for Everton, didn't stop him getting in Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame, while Tommy Ring played around about the same number of games but never got in it, as good an entertainer as Duncan but a much better player, imo, of course!

Rob Halligan
22 Posted 17/10/2023 at 10:49:08
Rumours the whole Anfield Road extension may have to be taken down and started all over again.
Brian Williams
23 Posted 17/10/2023 at 11:06:10
Thanks, Stephen.

Rob Halligan,

Don't build our hopes up with rumours like that, Rob!

I do hope you're right though. :-))

Danny O’Neill
24 Posted 17/10/2023 at 11:28:46
I hope so Rob. I hope they have to take it down.

In battle mode and we take the fight to them.

No fear. Our 2,000 will drown them once they sing that song and self-applaud.

Every single one of them.

Brent Stephens
25 Posted 17/10/2023 at 12:17:19
Rob #22,

"Rumours the whole Anfield Road extension may have to be taken down and started all over again."

"Nosiy neighbours" complaining again, Rob!

Rob Halligan
26 Posted 17/10/2023 at 12:27:11
Obviously, it's only a rumour, but you can see the logic behind it. Anyone who works in the construction industry will know far better than me, but if there's a major issue with concrete how is that rectified?

The loft extension is already closed until the New Year at the earliest.

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 17/10/2023 at 12:31:36

"If there's a major issue with concrete how is that rectified?"

Rob, turn a blind eye, the way they did with schools?

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
28 Posted 17/10/2023 at 13:09:31
Many years ago, Billy Butler was guest DJ – probably a derby at Goodison – and played The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down but announced it as "The Night They Knocked Old Anfield Down"!

I do believe he got into a bit of trouble with Radio Merseyside.

Simply just ahead of his time. Hope they are going to apologise.

Dale Self
29 Posted 17/10/2023 at 13:28:17
Phil, he should have played ‘Don’t do it’. And given the comments above perhaps a musique concrete piece to follow.
Dale Self
30 Posted 17/10/2023 at 13:37:12
David 12, well done. Class confuses them.
Rob Halligan
31 Posted 17/10/2023 at 13:42:20
Maybe we should all turn up at Anfield on Saturday all wearing blue hard hats……


Dale Self
32 Posted 17/10/2023 at 14:06:39
Get a fucking picture and post it if you do!!
Gerry Quinn
33 Posted 17/10/2023 at 14:11:33
The Red Shite are already whining and moaning:


One of them also suggested to bring back the fairest referee of them all - TWATenberg!!!!

They really are the most pathetic supporters going...I bet Trump is one of them too!

Paul Ferry
34 Posted 17/10/2023 at 17:17:19
Duncan played one less game than Gray, Dave (A), and scored the same number of goals.

I'm no doubt being a bit harsh on Mr Gray. I know all about the impacts he made on us at a very important time, but he's not up there in my pantheon where, it's true, Duncan still sits today. Meanwhile, I can spare a smile for those poor reds who have to give their tickets back.

Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 17/10/2023 at 18:16:36
Paul (@34),

No you're not being harsh on Gray really, I didn't mind the lad but he had his faults.

My gripe was Duncan getting placed in the Hall of Fame and Tommy Ring not getting the nod. I'm surprised that Duncan played 48 games for Everton though, I don't doubt it – just surprised.

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