A late goal from Amalie Thestrup lifted Bristol City off the bottom of the Women’s Super League with a draw against Everton at Walton Hall Park.
Thestrup, a summer signing, delicately chipped the ball into the net as goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan came off her line to score the Robins’ second equalizer eight minutes from the end, thwarting the Toffees’ attempt to secure their first home win of the season.
Megan Finnigan, who cleared the ball off the goal line in the first half, scored Everton’s second goal after the break.
Captain Finnigan decisively fired the ball through a crowd of players after Justine Vanhaevermaet’s effort hit the crossbar following a corner.
Amy Rodgers’ spectacular goal in first-half added time initially set Bristol City on course to avoid a sixth defeat in seven top-flight games this season.
Scottish international Rodgers hammered a first-time strike past Brosnan after Everton’s summer signing Martina Piemonte opened her WSL account in the fourth minute, scoring Everton’s first goal from open play of the campaign after goalkeeper Olivia Clark, deputizing for the injured Kaylan Marckese, saved the striker’s initial close-range shot.
Clark denied Nicoline Sorensen’s shot with a fingertip save after the break, and Brosnan was called into action when Ffion Morgan broke free and swept a shot at goal with ten minutes remaining.
Brian Sorensen’s team will be in action next when they visit Villa in the WSL next Sunday, while City will travel to Tottenham in the FA Cup on Wednesday.