Goalscorer Chaney Boye-Hlorkah says it is a sign of Everton’s progress that they left Manchester City frustrated after a sterling performance went unrewarded on Wednesday night.
The Centre of Excellence graduate hooked a loose ball into an empty net on 12 minutes, with the Toffees holding on to their lead with a resolute defensive display until half-time.
But a minute and 20 seconds into the second period, City’s England midfielder Kiera Walsh lashed in the equaliser, before Janine Beckie nodded the unbeaten WSL leaders in front.
Former Blue Girl Nikita Parris then hit a late third to add gloss to the scoreline.
Everton, however, had chances to take something from the game – Inessa Kaagman nodded over from close range and Boye-Hlorkah was only denied an equaliser at 2-1 by an impressive fingertip save from Ellie Roebuck.
Despite the eventual defeat, Boye-Hlorkah believes Everton's display bodes well for the future, particularly with games against sides around them in the league to come.
“On a personal note, it was great to score against a club right up there in the league,” she reflected. “But more importantly, that was one of the best performances we have put in so far this season.
“Once we went 1-0 up, I thought we could hold on because we were brilliant in that first half. Unfortunately, we lost our concentration a little bit and City are a good side. It was really disappointing to concede two quick goals so early in the second half.
“We kept going and I thought Ness was going to put that one away but it’s just gone over. Then I had my chance as well and it is a great save from the keeper.
“We are disappointed not to get something from the game but it was such a strong performance and we have to make sure we take that into the next run of games we have got.
“We are all excited about what is happening here and our future. Willie Kirk has come in and we have bought into what he wants us to do. You can see that in the performances. We have just got to put our chances away when they come.”