Everton Ladies got their WSL2 campaign off to a great start with a 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Thursday evening.
After going a goal behind at the Select Security Stadium, striker Simone Magill levelled the game before Georgia Brougham clinched victory with a wonder strike on her league debut for the Blues.
Speaking after the game, boss Andy Spence praised his players for the character and effort shown in securing an important three points.
He said: “Coming off the back of the weekend, there was a big talk pre-match about making sure we responded properly and we saw that tonight.
“The effort that the players put in from the word “go” was fantastic and I couldn’t have asked for any more.
“Obviously, it was disappointing to go 1-0 behind but what a response! What a fantastic response from the team and that says a lot about us – that we can go 1-0 down to then win a game.
“That doesn’t happen a lot in football and it happens generally to those teams that show a real desire and character and that’s what the team showed tonight.
“It’s important to start the season with a win and it’s about 18 big performances and we’ve ticked one of those tonight.”
Spence also singled out Megan Finnigan who performed exceptionally in her first full match since returning from a long injury layoff.
“I’ve got to make a special mention to Megan Finnigan for her absolutely different class performance in midfield considering that was her first full game in six months.” Spence added.
“To put on a performance like that is a great credit to her and the way she’s done her rehab and it highlights what another talented young player we’ve got in the ranks.”
Keeping with the trend of youth, Spence also mentioned the importance of having the academy players watch the senior team play.
“We’ve had a lot of our younger players here tonight and it’s always important for us as a club to have them see that there’s an opportunity to play for us in the future so to have all our age groups here is brilliant.”