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Bennison stunner gets Everton Women off the mark


Hanna Bennison’s stunning strike helped Everton Women beat Birmingham City 3-1 as Willie Kirk’s side recorded their first win of the WSL season.

Bennison, 18, signed from FC Rosengard for a record fee last summer, decided a tight contest at Walton Hall Park with a sublime goal 17 minutes from time.

The home team had taken a 13th-minute lead thanks to Leonie Maier’s deflected effort – the Germany right back’s first goal in English football.

However, Birmingham deservedly drew level through Jade Pennock’s lovely strike 13 minutes before half-time, the visitors’ first goal of the new campaign.

Substitute Rikke Sevecke then headed in a third goal in stoppage time – her first goal for the club as well – to seal Everton’s victory as Scott Booth’s team were forced to wait for their first points of the season.

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