Everton 3 Doncaster Belles 1: Misery on Merseyside for Belles

Sue Smith. Photo: Getty Images.
Sue Smith. Photo: Getty Images.
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A Sue Smith second half penalty was not enough to prevent the Belles from a Continental Cup defeat to top flight side Everton.

The visitors met the Toffees in rampant mood as Simone Magill, Brooke Chaplen and Fern Whelan all found the net for the three points.

Chaplen drew first blood, firing wide, as the Belles responded through a Jess Sigsworth effort.

Reanne Thomas then saw a chance blocked before Chaplen was denied from range by Nicola Hobbs.

Smith later had a chip ruled out for offside as Everton replied with a Michelle Hinnigan effort in a game that was starting to even out at the Select Security Stadium.

However, that soon changed as the hosts found themselves with a 35th minute lead when Magill fired in from a yard after good work from Nikita Parris.

Galvanised by the opener, the Belles were having to defend as Hobbs saved well from a Hinnigan free-kick.

And the resulting corner saw Everton double their advantage as Whelan bundled the ball home following a goalmouth scramble in the 40th minute.

A slow start livened up as Sigsworth was challenged in the area for a penalty to give the Belles some hope of a comeback.

And Smith stepped up to coolly slot home the spot-kick and reduce the deficit in the 62nd minute.

But the Belles’ fate was condemned six minutes later as Everton broke through Parris and Chaplen blasted home.

Despite a late flurry of chances from Doncaster, Everton ran out 3-1 winners and clinched all three points.