Bridget Galloway scored her second goal in two games against Everton

Everton picked up their second league win in a row and did it in style, scoring five against Sunderland.

Everton scored two goals in three minutes, with Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah scoring in the 37th minute before Courtney Sweetman-Kirk added a second with 40 minutes played.

Sweetman-Kirk got her second and Everton’s third in the 52nd minute before captain Danielle Turner added the Blues’ fourth and fifth in the 56th and 89th minutes respectively.

Sunderland scored a consolation in the 91st minute, with Bridget Galloway scoring her second goal this week.

After bad weather across the country, four out of the five WSL 1 games were called off, leaving the clash at the Halton Stadium as the only game to go ahead.

Sunderland got off to a flyer, attack directly from kick off. Galloway played in Mollie Lambert, but the midfielders shot was pushed away by Elizabeth Durack in the Everton goal.

However, that was as good as things got for the Lady Black Cats, who rarely managed to break out of their own half for the rest of the first period.

Boye-Hlorkah had Everton’s first shot after seven minutes, forcing a save from Rachael Laws after the winger was allowed to cut in from the right with no pressure from Sunderland defenders.

Sweetman-Kirk had a good chance after Simone Magill lifted the ball into the box for her. Sweetman-Kirk took a touch and shot but her effort was too high.

With 15 minutes played, Boye-Hlorkah had a great opportunity to open the scoring, but Kylla Sjoman got back just in time to stop the Everton winger who could have been one-on-one with Laws.

Sunderland had a rare attack just before the 20-minute mark, but Dominique Bruinenberg’s curling effort was wide of the post.

Everton got back on the attack, and in the 27th minute, Sweetman-Kirk looked to turn and get a shot away. However, a timely challenge deep inside the box from Zanetta Wyne cut out the opportunity.

Only 10 minutes later, Everton found their breakthrough. A quick break from the hosts led to Boye-Hlorkah taking possession. She was challenged by Ellie Stewart, but the Sunderland defender’s clearance hit team-mate Hayley Sharp and fell kindly for Boye-Hlorkah. This time, the winger found the net with a well-struck effort across goal.

And only three minutes later, it was two. Sweetman-Kirk got her goal after another defensive error. Faye Bryson’s flick on only got as far as Sharp, but her hooked clearance hit Magill and fell into the path of Sweetman-Kirk, who found the bottom corner from close range.

Sunderland had a great chance to pull one back before half-time. Victoria Williams free-kick wasn’t cleared by Everton. The ball landed for Stewart in front of goal, however, the centre-back hammered her shot high over the bar.

Only seven minutes after the restart, Everton made it 3-0. Sweetman-Kirk got her second, with a simple back-post tap-in after a squared ball across the face of goal from Turner.

Laws was needed a minute later after Sunderland failed to clear a corner. The ball landed for Magill at point-blank range, but a great reaction save from the Black Cats ‘keeper kept the score at 3-0.

Everton didn’t have to wait long for the fourth though. In the 56th minute, Turner played in a cross from the left, however, it nestled in the side netting to put the game beyond doubt.

Just after the hour mark, Jodie Brett’s powerful driven shot cannoned back off the woodwork as Everton looked for a fifth.

Sunderland played some good football with 81 minutes on the clock. Some good passing high up the field saw off several defenders before Lucy Staniforth had room for a shot. Her effort was well hit but curled away from the target.

While being too late to turn things around, the positive spell from Sunderland continued. A Staniforth corner found Stewart at the back post, but her downwards header was cleared off the line.

With a minute of normal time left, Sunderland continued to attack. However, Galloway couldn’t hold off Georgia Brougham. The Blues’ centre-back hit a long ball forward, and with Sunderland committing numbers to the attack, Turner got onto the end of it.

The hosts’ captain took on and beat Danielle Brown before curling the ball into the bottom corner to make it 5-0 and to get her second of the afternoon.

Sunderland did grab a consolation in the first minute of stoppage time. A great free-kick from just inside the Everton half by Staniforth found Galloway at the back post, with the young striker finding the net from a tight angle.

Attention now turns to the Continental Cup quarter-finals. Sunderland will look to bounce back away at Arsenal next Sunday, while Everton look to add to their three-game winning run in all competitions host Reading.

Everton: Elizabeth Durack, Danielle Turner ©, Georgia Brougham, Gabrielle George, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah (Olivia Chance 68’), Jodie Brett, Siri Worm, Simone Magill (Marthe Munstermann 68’), Angharad James, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Mollie Green 68’), Faye Bryson

Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Kylla Sjoman (Rachel Pitman 46’), Ellie Stewart, Victoria Williams, Hayley Sharp (Danielle Brown 68’), Kasia Lipka, Lucy Staniforth ©, Dominique Bruinenberg, Mollie Lambert (Keira Ramshaw 46’), Zanetta Wyne, Bridget Galloway