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John Stones did not have the best of afternoons as Swansea beat Everton

Meanwhile, in good news for Irish fans, Seamus Coleman made a second-half appearance off the bench.

Swansea City's Andre Ayew, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring.
Swansea City's Andre Ayew, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring.
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Updated at 15.25

IT WAS A difficult afternoon for promising young England international John Stones, as Swansea beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park today.

An under-hit back-pass from 21-year-old centre-back Stones enabled Andre Ayew to intercept and prompted goalkeeper Tim Howard to trip the Swansea attacker, as Gylfi Sigurdsson made no mistake with the ensuing penalty.

A Jack Cork own goal saw Everton equalise, as Gareth Barry’s flick-on from Leighton Baines’s cross was diverted into the net.

However, Swansea restored their advantage on 34 minutes, as Ayew’s shot deflected in off the hapless Stones.

Meanwhile, in good news for Irish fans, Seamus Coleman made a second-half appearance off the bench, having been out injured for three games, though fellow Ireland international James McCarthy remains sidelined.

The Donegal native had a moment to forget, however, as he missed a gilt-edged chance from close range, which would have earned Everton a last-minute point.

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