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London Bees 1 (Loomes 7) Everton 7 (Stewart 5, King 14, Turner 21, Hinnigan 23,45, Boye-Hlorkah 68, Magill 69)
Everton moved up to third place in FA WSL 2 with a dominant 7-1 win against London Bees.
A brace from captain Michelle Hinningan, one a 30-yard thunderbolt, plus goals from Ellie Stewart, Danielle Turner, Jess King, Channy Boye-Hlorkah and Simone Magill ensured the Blue Girls secured the three points in the glorious sunshine at Barnet's The Hive.
Everton started on top and could have took the lead in the second minute. Kelly Jones saw her shot bounce clear off the post and Emily Hollinshead applied the finish from close range, only to be denied by the offside flag.
However, it wasn't long until the deadlock was broken as Ellie Stewart grabbed the opening goal of the game, heading in from Michelle Hinnigan's inswinging corner.
The home side responded well to going behind and pulled level in the eighth minute. Lucy Loomes brought the ball down on the edge of the area with her first touch before lofting the ball over Kirstie Levell and into the back of the net via the post.
Bees' Emma Whitter was next to try her luck from the edge of the area, but her effort skimmed off the side of her boot and went aimlessly wide of Levell's goal.
The Blue Girls were soon back on the front foot and restored their lead in the 14th minute through Jess King. The Liverpool-born forward showed great composure to round goalkeeper Sophie Harris before slotting into an empty net for 2-1.
Everton continued to pile on the pressure and came close to a third shortly after. Danielle Turner saw her low cross turned behind for a corner and Stewart saw her header cannon off the bar from the resulting set piece.
Danielle Turner soon added herself to the scoresheet as she intercepted a poor clearance from Jade Dempster before firing past the despairing dive of Sophie Harris to extend the advantage to two goals.
It wasn't long until it was a three-goal advantage as captain Hinnigan applied the finish from close range in the 24th minute to complete an exciting opening to the game.
London Bees didn't have an answer to Everton's continued attacks and the Blue Girls' weren't far away from adding more as the clock ticked towards half time. Emily Hollinshead coming the closest as she saw her low shot drift past the outside of the post.
There was time to add a fifth before the half time break and it was Hinnigan again at the centre of things. She picked the ball up around 30 yards from goal and unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to make it 5-1 heading into half time.
The second half was much of the same as Everton continued to cause problems for the London Bees defence. Early chances saw a goalmouth scramble end up with the ball in Sophie Harris' hands before the Bees' goalkeeper pulled off a good save to deny Michelle Hinnigan her hat-trick.
Paige Williams was next to test Harris, stinging her palms from long range, before Danielle Turner dragged her shot wide of the post as the Blue Girls' looked to add a sixth.
The sixth did come in the 68th minute through substitute Channy Boye-Hlorkah, scoring with her first touch after coming on a minute before. Simone Magill showed great determination to keep the ball in and square for Boye-Hlorkah, who had an easy finish to make it 6-1.
Before the home side's defence had a chance to gain their bearings, Everton added their seventh. Substitute Vicky Jones burst down the right and centred for Magill, whose lofted header hit the back of the net despite the best efforts of Sophie Harris.
It could have been more late on but Magill saw her chipped shot go wide before Hollinshead crashed an effort off the crossbar as Everton saw out the game to cap a great three points in the capital.
London Bees: Sophie Harris, Aoife Hurley, Billie Brooks, Jade Dempster, Katherine Huggins, Gemma Fraser, Ashleigh Goddard (sub Andra Marcoci 58mins), Paige Wakefield (sub Kate Bowers 72mins), Paula Howells (sub Rebecca Anderson 45mins), Lucy Loomes, Emma Whitter. Subs not used: Imogen Riches, Kara Howes, Leigh Nicol, Manuela Naprta.
Everton: Kirstie Levell, Lindsay Johnson (sub Vicky Jones 50mins), Gabrielle George, Danielle Turner (sub Channy Boye-Hlorkah 66mins), Paige Williams (sub Danielle Lea 75mins), Ellie Stewart, Michelle Hinnigan, Jessica King, Emily Hollinshead, Simone Magill, Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Claudia Walker.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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