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Football: Birmingham find their own 'Roonaldo' WOMEN'S FOOTBALL.

Byline: Emma Stoney

Birmingham City have unearthed the 'Wayne Rooney of women's football' after teenager Eniola Aluko led their fightback to win 4-3 at Leeds United in the National Division.

Aluko, who became 16 only last Friday, celebrated a belated birthday yesterday with two goals after Blues had trailed 2-0 at Thorp Arch.

Aluku has been in impressive goal-scoring form since Christmas and Blues manager Marcus Bignot hailed the youngster's performance.

'She is the Wayne Rooney of women's football,' he said. 'She is virtually unplayable and at just 16 she has caused every defence problems this season and that includes Fulham, who have Mary Phillip who I think is the best defensive centre-half in the country.'

Debutante Laura Humphreys fired Leeds in front after seven minutes and Stacey Daniel doubled the lead on 14 minutes. Aluko replied just before half time.

Stephanie Samuels brought the visitors level just before the hour and Karen Carney put Blues ahead. The final 20 minutes produced some fantastic football. Sarah Dobby equalised for Leeds but Aluko hit the winner 11 minutes from time.

'It was a great game for the neutral but an absolute nightmare for Mark (Hodgson, Leeds manager) and myself,' added Bignot. Brighton remain rooted to the bottom of the National Division after a 12th loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat at home to Tranmere Rovers, while, in the Northern Division, Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 2-1 to Bangor City.
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Date:Feb 24, 2003
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