Hayley Raso and Claire Emslie both scored twice as Everton hammered Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League.
Australia international Raso opened the scoring from close range in the 20th minute, before pouncing on an error from keeper Lisa Weiss to make it two.
Emslie curled in the third from 20 yards before Valerie Gauvin’s diving header finished off a counter-attack.
Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah’s cross sailed in after the restart and Emslie added the sixth as Everton went top.
Willie Kirk’s side had been in superb form coming into this fixture, having reached the Women’s FA Cup final by overcoming WSL champions Chelsea and two-time cup winners Birmingham City in the previous six days.
And they were far too strong for Gemma Davies’ Villa side, who are still to pick up a point this season.
Raso was denied brilliantly by Weiss inside the first minute but made no mistake from Emslie’s low-cross to open the floodgates.
The 26-year-old was soon gifted a second, intercepting Weiss’ misplaced pass before burying a shot beyond the Villa keeper.
Raso then turned provider, with an assist to Emslie and crossing for Gauvin as the Toffees dominated the first period at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.
Villa grew into the game in the second half, but fell further behind when Boye-Hlorkah, who replaced Raso at the interval, mis-hit a cross which looped over Weiss and sailed into the corner.
Scotland forward Emslie grabbed her second and Everton’s sixth to finish off a resounding win, dribbling around the goalkeeper and passing the ball into an empty net.
Everton are three points clear of Arsenal, who could regain top spot on goal difference if they beat Bristol City on Sunday.
Aston Villa Women
- 6AsanteSubstituted forSymeat 65′minutes
- 23HanssenSubstituted forHaywoodat 45′minutes
- 7FollisSubstituted forHuttonat 45′minutes
- 9LarsenSubstituted forHaylesat 87′minutes
- 19Abreu Sousa SilvaSubstituted forN’Dowat 65′minutes
- 2WoldSubstituted forSørensenat 59′minutes
- 22SeveckeSubstituted forStringerat 59′minutes
- 8ChristiansenSubstituted forClintonat 74′minutes
- 16RasoSubstituted forBoye-Hlorkahat 45′minutes
- 17GrahamSubstituted forClemaronat 68′minutes
Match ends, Aston Villa Women 0, Everton Women 6.
Second Half ends, Aston Villa Women 0, Everton Women 6.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Shania Hayles replaces Stine Larsen.
Foul by Damaris Egurrola (Everton Women).
Sophie Haywood (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah (Everton Women).
Jodie Hutton (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Ella Franklin-Fraiture.
Substitution, Everton Women. Grace Clinton replaces Izzy Christiansen.
Attempt missed. Maéva Clemaron (Everton Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Offside, Everton Women. Abbey-Leigh Stringer tries a through ball, but Claire Emslie is caught offside.
Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Lisa Weiß.
Attempt saved. Nicoline Sørensen (Everton Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.
Substitution, Everton Women. Maéva Clemaron replaces Lucy Graham.
Lucy Graham (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chloe Arthur (Aston Villa Women).
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Elisha N’Dow replaces Diana Silva.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Emily Syme replaces Anita Asante.
Attempt blocked. Ella Franklin-Fraiture (Aston Villa Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Megan Finnigan (Everton Women).