Doncaster Rovers Belles lost for the first time this season as they went down 3-0 at home to Everton in the FAWSL Continental Tyres Cup.
Goals inside the first 25 minutes put Andy Spence’s side in control, Chloe Kelly opening the scoring with a precise finish through the legs of Juliana Draycott after just six minutes at the Keepmoat.
Despite now being a tier lower than their former FAWSL2 rivals, the Belles did have chances of their own, Jess Sigsworth failing to connect with Sophie Barker’s cross before hitting a volley just over.
But Everton took control of the game soon after when a corner missed former Belles striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, leaving home captain Leandra Little to helplessly divert the ball into her own net.
The second half produced little in the way of chances until the final 20 minutes, when Sigsworth forced a save from Kirstie Levell with a stinging drive.
The chance gave Everton the wake up required, Danielle Turner forced Draycott into a save, before Simone Magill struck the post with a driving effort from the edge of the box.
Magill was then denied by a goal-line clearance from Rachel Newborough, before substitute Marthe Munsterman hammered home her first Everton goal from the edge of the box to wrap things up.
Belles boss Emma Coates said: “The early goal didn’t help us and it put us on the back foot straight away.
“Organisation wise, I thought we got it right if I’m being honest, the individual application and effort perhaps wasn’t there. We changed things at half time and the effort was there and if we’d matched that in the first half I think the result would have been different.
“But it is what it is, when you go 2-0 down against an FAWSL1 side you’re always up against it. We had chances but you create your own luck, we had a bit more momentum in the second half and that’s when you have to put the ball in the back of the goal.
“It’s something we’ll reflect on and we’ll work on. We’re undefeated in the league but disappointed not to take three points from all three games, so for me moving forward now it’s about me leaving the club in the best position after the next league game.”