Everton ended a three-game losing streak with a comfortable win over Tottenham in the final Women’s Super League game of the calendar year.
Katja Snoeijs opened the scoring before Jess Park capitalized on a terrible mistake by home goalkeeper Becky Spencer to double the lead.
Ashleigh Neville was sent off in added time for a tough challenge on Everton under Giovana, who added a fine third.
This result meant that Spurs closed 2022 with four straight defeats.
The form chart suggested those sides were in a tailspin with three consecutive defeats each, but Everton’s came up against title hopefuls Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.
They had intensity from the first whistle and it took just seven minutes to open for Spurs. Sorensen found space on the right and his low cross was turned for the first time by Dutch striker Snoeijs.
Spurs struggled to react and looked on their feet on a frozen pitch, while Everton were comfortable and perhaps bolstered by a weekend off after their game at Brighton was postponed.
They might have extended their lead before a horrific error handed them a second in the 36th minute.
There was little danger when Spencer was given a backpass but, under pressure from Park, she hesitated, gave up the ball and was helpless when the 21-year-old England striker appealed.
It’s not the start to the season Spurs had anticipated after finishing fifth last year and making a string of summer signings.
Head coach Rehanne Skinner made three changes to the side which lost at home to West Ham on Sunday, but Everton had full control from the start.
The Toffees are the league’s second top scorers but didn’t have to work hard for their goals and were robust at the back. They would have had another, only for the Aggie Beever-Jones sub to be flagged offside after finishing cleanly.
Despite having more possession than their visitors, Spurs barely threatened in a walk-off parade and their misery was compounded when Neville saw red for a late slot on substitute Giovana.
The Brazilian striker then took advantage of the hosts being a lost player in injury time by firing a powerful shot into the top corner and sealing Everton’s rise to sixth place.
With their next WSL game not until Saturday January 14, Skinner’s side sit eighth and they have a lot to think about.