Everton dropped points for the first time this season but remain second after their Women’s Super League draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Rikke Sevecke turned into her own net as Brighton took the lead, but Izzy Christiansen’s 30-yard deflected free-kick brought Everton level.
Valerie Gauvin headed in Christiansen’s corner to turn the game around, having seen Hayley Raso denied by Megan Walsh.
Aileen Whelan lashed the leveller into the top corner to spoil the hosts’ run.
Willie Kirk’s side poured the pressure on late in the game, with Danielle Turner striking a post, while visiting goalkeeper Walsh made some important saves.
The Toffees’ boss also appeared to be irritated by an incident which saw Kayleigh Green seem to have been cautioned twice, but not dismissed.
Former England coach Hope Powell’s Albion had lost two of their opening four games in the WSL but were not daunted by the trip to the pre-match pace-setters, and showed character to come back late on.
The one-touch build-up which created Whelan’s late goal was impressive, and a point was deserved.
- 12EgurrolaSubstituted forStringerat 77′minutes
- 11EmslieSubstituted forSørensenat 63′minutes
- 19GauvinSubstituted forBoye-Hlorkahat 77′minutes
- 6Le TissierBooked at 45mins
- 15GreenBooked at 48mins
- 9LeeSubstituted forJarrettat 65′minutes
Match ends, Everton Women 2, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.
Second Half ends, Everton Women 2, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.
Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rianna Jarrett (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).
Foul by Hayley Raso (Everton Women).
Felicity Gibbons (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Inessa Kaagman.
Danielle Turner (Everton Women) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Nicoline Sørensen.
Izzy Christiansen (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).
Goal! Everton Women 2, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2. Aileen Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Felicity Gibbons.
Substitution, Everton Women. Abbey-Leigh Stringer replaces Damaris Egurrola.
Substitution, Everton Women. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah replaces Valérie Gauvin.
Attempt blocked. Inessa Kaagman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rianna