Manchester City are on the brink of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup quarter-finals after a 4-1 win over Everton in Crosby.
Gemma Bonner opened the scoring before Hannah Cain brought the Toffees back into the game, but strikes from Tessa Wullaert, a second from Bonner and a late Lauren Hemp goal sealed the victory for City.
The defeat means Everton, who are yet to win in the competition, cannot progress to the next stage, while City must wait until December to have their progress potentially confirmed.
Everton had the better chances in the opening stages, with Cain firing over the bar after just two minutes.
Willie Kirk’s side built from there, with Chloe Kelly hitting a post after a quarter of an hour.
However, despite their slow start, it was the visitors that ended the half the stronger side.
Firstly, Ellen White brought a fine diving save from Kirstie Levell on 34 minutes, before Bonner headed home a corner two minutes later.
The home side rose to the challenge after the break, as Cain powered an equaliser into the top corner on 48 minutes after a flowing Everton counter attack.
However, City showed their clinical edge in front of goal once again, as Wullaert tucked home from close range after a goalmouth scramble just after.
And Nick Cushing’s side sealed the win on 65 minutes, as defender Bonner turned home Steph Houghton’s knock down from a corner for her second.
City refused to let up from there, with Levell called into action on 80 minutes to deny White after a driving run from the England international.
The visitors finally got their fourth goal of the night on 86 minutes, as 19-year-old Hemp reacted to a defensive mix up to slot under Levell.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The goal may have turned out to be a consolation but Cain’s equaliser would have certainly got the Toffees fans off their seats.
The 20-year-old finished off an impressive move from the home side, driving the ball beyond City keeper Roebuck into the top left corner to bring the scores level