Izzy Christiansen’s header saw Everton maintain their winning start to the Women’s Super League season with victory over Tottenham.
The England midfielder nodded home Nicoline Sorensen’s pinpoint cross early in the second half.
Spurs, without star recruit Alex Morgan, only briefly threatened as Kit Graham and Josie Green were denied.
Lucy Graham had earlier wasted a good chance for the hosts but they rarely looked like relinquishing their lead.
Buoyed by an opening 4-0 win at Bristol City, Everton were the brighter side early on with Hayley Raso twice forcing Spurs keeper Becky Spencer into saves.
The Australia international had a low strike turned behind for a corner before cutting in from the left flank, but this time her shot lacked power.
It took Tottenham – who had three players making full debuts including Shelina Zadorsky and Alanna Kennedy – 41 minutes to manage a shot on target.
Captain Green let fly from 25 yards, forcing Sandy Maclver into a smart save, before the Everton keeper turned Graham’s effort round the post.
Everton midfielder Graham might have put the hosts ahead just before the interval but blazed over the bar after Christiansen’s initial shot was blocked.
Sorensen came on at the break and the Denmark international made an immediate impact with a precise delivery from the left flank, which set Christiansen up to plant her header firmly into the corner.
- 2WoldBooked at 82mins
- 20FinniganBooked at 64mins
- 11EmslieSubstituted forSørensenat 45′minutes
- 17GrahamSubstituted forClemaronat 90+3′minutes
- 16RasoSubstituted forBoye-Hlorkahat 90′minutes
- 10MagillBooked at 67minsSubstituted forGauvinat 78′minutes
- 5HarropBooked at 77minsSubstituted forDeanat 86′minutes
- 4GreenBooked at 59minsSubstituted forSulolaat 81′minutes
- 2LeonSubstituted forAyaneat 45′minutes
- 14AddisonSubstituted forDavisonat 45′minutes
- 10WilliamsSubstituted forQuinnat 45′minutes
- Robert Massey-Ellis
Match ends, Everton Women 1, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0.
Second Half ends, Everton Women 1, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0.
Substitution, Everton Women. Maéva Clemaron replaces Lucy Graham because of an injury.
Substitution, Everton Women. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah replaces Hayley Raso.
Attempt missed. Elisha Sulola (Tottenham Hotspur Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Rianna Dean replaces Kerys Harrop.
Attempt saved. Gemma Davison (Tottenham Hotspur Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashleigh Neville.
Ingrid Moe Wold (Everton Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ingrid Moe Wold (Everton Women).
Gemma Davison (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Elisha Sulola replaces Josie Green.
Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rosella Ayane (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Foul by Rikke Sevecke (Everton Women).
Rosella Ayane (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Rosella Ayane.
Attempt saved. Valérie Gauvin (Everton Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Izzy Christiansen with a cross.
Substitution, Everton Women. Valérie Gauvin replaces Simone Magill.
Kerys Harrop (Tottenham Hotspur Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Hand ball by Kerys Harrop (Tottenham Hotspur Women).