WOMEN'S TEAM

Kirk: More To Come From Blues

Everton Women boss Willie Kirk promised there’s still more to come from his side after the Blues cruised to a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City at the weekend.

The side secured their first points of the 2021/22 Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign in impressive fashion at Walton Hall Park.

However, Kirk believes this is only the beginning for his squad, one which he says is still young and learning.

“The players were playing under quite a lot of pressure,” Kirk told evertontv. “They showed a lot of resilience against that pressure and came out worthy winners in the end.

“We had two 18-year-olds on the pitch.

“We’ve spent a bit of money; we’ve recruited really well but it’s still a youthful Everton team.

“That’s why there’s still a lot of growing to be done by this squad.”

One of the 18-year-old’s on the pitch was Hanna Bennison who fired home her first goal in blue.

The Toffees boss was pleased for the Swede to get off the mark but knows he has to manage his expectations from the player.

“I'm delighted for her,” Kirk added. “Delighted for us as a team as it was an important goal for us.

“My job now is to try to protect her and not put too much pressure on her because she’s got that in her locker but she’s still only 18.

“We still need to look after her and not expect too much too soon.”

It was a hat-trick of first Everton goalscorers on Saturday as Leonie Maier and Rikke Sevecke both slotted home their first strikes for the Club.

Kirk was happy to see his defenders on the scoresheet and hoped goals would continue to be supplied from the back end of the park.

“It was a great strike. I thought she (Maier) had a really good game.

“I'm really pleased with Leo’s performance and obviously the goal was a special moment for her.

“We looked at a couple of things in possession during the week and it was about when do we flatten our full-backs off and when do we get them higher.

“I thought there was elements of that against Birmingham.

“At times I thought we could have got Dan [Turner] a bit higher in open play and we could have got Leo inside a bit and mix it up a bit.

“There were a number of things we worked on which we seen glimpses of which was pleasing.

“Rikke is more than capable of scoring goals like that.

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WOMEN'S TEAM 03:45 Sat 25 Sep 2021

KIRK DISCUSSES FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON

Everton Women manager Willie Kirk was left impressed as his side secured their first win of the season as the Blues beat Birmingham City 3-1.

“She got 10 in her final season with Brondby before she went to France.

“We expect that and more from Rikke from attacking set-pieces. She should be a big threat for us.

“She’s a great athlete and a great header of the ball.”

Despite the impressive welcome back from supporters at Walton Hall Park on Saturday, the Blues will have some time to wait until the squad return back with a series of away games on the schedule for the team.

However, Kirk enjoyed the experience of having fans back at the ground and looks forward to seeing them again in November.

“The work will continue. The pitch will continue to get better, especially by the time we get to Christmas and have played a number of games on it," added the Scot.

“It’s disappointing that we’re not back here until 7 November but when we do come back it won’t be new for us.

“The renovations will continue inside and with the pitch surroundings.

“It’s going to be a great place for us to be and we’ll make it a dominant place for us.”

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WOMEN'S TEAM 02:39 Sat 25 Sep 2021

MAIER & BENNISON ON FIRST GOALS FOR EVERTON

Leonie Maier and Hanna Bennison scored their first goals for the Club as Everton beat Birmingham City 3-1 in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.