Everton’s Courtney Brosnan, a goalkeeper in England’s top flight and a participant in her first World Cup, is accustomed to facing top-notch strikers. This Sunday, she will once again face some of the best in the business as Women’s Super League champions Chelsea visit Everton’s Walton Hall Park stadium. Chelsea boasts a formidable attack featuring players like Sam Kerr, Lauren James, and Fran Kirby. Brosnan, who has had an exceptional year, will face another challenging test of her skills against this strong opponent. However, the star names on Chelsea’s team sheet do not intimidate the 28-year-old Irish goalkeeper. Once the game begins, they all blend together in her focus on the action and the ball. Brosnan acknowledges that Chelsea’s financial advantage in the WSL is undeniable, but she and her Everton teammates refuse to use it as an excuse. Instead, they concentrate on their own abilities and team performance. Currently, Chelsea leads the league standings with 13 points from five games, while Everton sits in 10th place with four points. The post-World Cup season has been highly competitive, with growing interest and quality in the league. Brosnan believes that the league’s strength lies in the competitiveness of every game, where any team can earn points and results against any opponent. This is evident in the surprising performances of Liverpool and Leicester City, who struggled last season but have started strongly, while the big clubs have dropped unexpected points. Brosnan’s shot-stopping ability and dominance in the penalty area have made her a favorite among Irish and Merseyside fans. She takes pride in her role in helping Ireland reach the World Cup and aims to contribute to qualifying for more major tournaments. However, her immediate focus is on performing at the club level. Brosnan acknowledges the tough challenge that awaits Everton on Sunday against one of the best teams in the world, but she and her teammates are up for it and eagerly anticipate the competition.
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