Goals from Lucy Graham, Izzy Christiansen and Simone Magill secured victory for Everton and deepened Aston Villa’s relegation fears in the Women’s Super League.
Graham nodded in Christiansen’s cross to give the Toffees a first-half advantage before her penalty was saved by Lisa Weiss.
But Christiansen made it 2-0 with a spot-kick of her own before substitute Magill added the third, sentencing Villa to their fifth straight defeat despite Chloe Arthur’s late consolation.
In an uneventful opening half-hour, Everton saw plenty of the ball but were unable to find a way through the visitors’ resolute back line.
However, Villa suffered a setback when skipper Marisa Ewers was forced off through injury and the Toffees finally ground them down when Graham’s 37th-minute header broke the deadlock.
The Scotland international squandered a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 soon after half-time, with Weiss denying her from the spot after Hayley Raso’s cross had been handled.
At the other end, Villa teenager Freya Gregory – making her first WSL start – might have levelled when her drive was beaten away by Sandy MacIver.
But Christiansen took over spot-kick duties when Everton were awarded a second penalty on the hour mark and she made no mistake, sending the Villa keeper the wrong way.
Substitute Magill then had a shot tipped on to the post by Weiss before pouncing on Jill Scott’s deflected effort to seal victory 12 minutes from time.
Arthur headed in to reduce the deficit in the dying seconds, but Villa remain at the foot of the table.
- 30PattinsonSubstituted forGeorgeat 80′minutes
- 18ScottSubstituted forClintonat 89′minutes
- 8ChristiansenSubstituted forStringerat 88′minutes
- 11EmslieSubstituted forSørensenat 89′minutes
- 9LehmannSubstituted forMagillat 64′minutes
Aston Villa Women
- 16McLoughlinSubstituted forSiemsat 65′minutes
- 12HuttonBooked at 45mins
- 3AleBooked at 75mins
- 21EwersSubstituted forN’Dowat 20′minutes
- 8ArthurBooked at 83mins
- 23HanssenBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSymeat 81′minutes
- 18GregorySubstituted forAbreu Sousa Silvaat 82′minutes
- 22HaylesSubstituted forLarsenat 66′minutes
- 19Abreu Sousa Silva
- Stacey Pearson
Match ends, Everton Women 3, Aston Villa Women 1.
Second Half ends, Everton Women 3, Aston Villa Women 1.
Simone Magill (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Anita Asante (Aston Villa Women).
Goal! Everton Women 3, Aston Villa Women 1. Chloe Arthur (Aston Villa Women) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Asmita Ale following a set piece situation.
Foul by Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Everton Women).
Caroline Siems (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Stine Larsen (Aston Villa Women) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Asmita Ale with a headed pass.
Corner, Aston Villa Women. Conceded by Lucy Graham.
Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stine Larsen (Aston Villa Women).
Substitution, Everton Women. Nicoline Sørensen replaces Claire Emslie.
Substitution, Everton Women. Grace Clinton replaces Jill Scott.
Substitution, Everton Women. Abbey-Leigh Stringer replaces Izzy Christiansen.
Chloe Arthur (Aston Villa Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Izzy Christiansen (Everton Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chloe Arthur (Aston Villa Women).
Offside, Aston Villa Women. Asmita Ale tries a through ball, but Emily Syme is caught offside.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Diana Silva replaces Freya Gregory.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Emily Syme replaces Nadine Hanssen.