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Everton 1 (Dowie 61) Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Hamilton 5)
Natasha Dowie rescued her team again as Everton were left wondering why they're still waiting for their first win of the new FA WSL.
The England striker took her tally to three goals in two games after Precious Hamilton gave unbeaten Doncaster the ideal start. Dowie's double, including a stoppage time effort, earned Everton a draw against Liverpool last week but she should have finished on the winning side at Rossett Park, home of Marine.
Everton dominated and created numerous chances only for Doncaster to hold on and add to their opening success against Lincoln.
In contrast, the visitors went in front with their first shot of the night when there were half hearted appeals for handball from the home defence before Hamilton rifled in from 18 yards after just five minutes.
The 23-year-old striker has certainly made a productive start to the new campaign - it was Hamilton's assist that set up Vicky Exley for the Belles' winner against Lincoln. But little was seen of Doncaster as an attacking force for the rest of the half and Everton, driven forward by Fara Williams and Jill Scott, looked most likely to net the next goal.
Helen Alderson was grateful to palm skipper Jody Handley's cross behind for a corner, Dowie's shot deflected into Alderson's hands, Fern Whelan headed over from a corner while Alderson denied Toni Duggan an equaliser.
However, Doncaster lifted the siege just before the break, Katie Holtham teed up Aine O'Gorman and the striker's left foot attempt dipped fractionally over the bar.
Normal service was resumed in the second half with Everton ruing their luck twice in the first ten minutes. Williams and Scott carved out a chance for Dowie who contrived to shoot wide with only Alderson to beat and Hamilton's poor back pass almost let in Gwennan Harries but Maria Karlsson cleared from virtually under her own bar.
It was only a matter of time before Everton broke through and inevitably it was Dowie who supplied the finish. Twice the former Charlton star had shots blocked before, at the third attempt, she smashed the ball in from a tight angle.
Everton: Rachel Brown, Rachel Unitt, Lindsay Johnson, Fern Whelan, Becky Easton, Gwennan Harries (sub Brooke Chaplen 76mins), Fara Williams, Jill Scott, Jody Handley (sub Michelle Hinnigan 67mins), Toni Duggan, Natasha Dowie. Subs not used: Danielle Hill, Amy Kane.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Helen Alderson, Kylla Sjoman, Maria Karlsson, Tori Williams, Lybdsey Cunningham, Vicky Exley, Kasia Lipka, Becky Hall, Aine O'Gorman, Precious Hamilton. Subs not used: Shelly Cox, Amy Turner, Mary Earps, Naomi Chadwick, Millie Bright.
(Report by Trevor Baxter/www.TheFA.com)
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