Report: England WU19s 2-0 Iceland
England women's under-19s took on Iceland at St. George's Park as the teams look to qualify for the UEFA Women's Under-19s European Championship
England women’s under-19s took a step closer to qualification for the 2022 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship Finals with a 2-0 victory over Iceland on Saturday afternoon.
England WU19s followed up Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Wales with another victory at St. George’s Park to make it six points from six and three clear at the top of their group, with Belgium and Wales facing each other in their game in hand on Saturday night.
Grace Clinton forced Tinna Bra Magnusdottir into a save in the first half and Charlotte Wardlaw had a wayward effort but the Young Lionesses had to wait until the second period to open the scoring.
It came five minutes after the restart when Tara Bourne crossed from the left wing and Aggie Beever-Jones headed in.
Freya Gregory was another to force Magnúsdóttir into a save in the second half but whilst England had more of the chances, Manchester City goalkeeper Khiara Keating did need to make saves in each half.
But the victory was effectively guaranteed in injury-time when Beever-Jones set up Gregory to make it 2-0.
The 2022 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship Finals will take place in Czech Republic between June 27 and July 9 and feature the hosts plus seven group winners from this month’s round two qualifying.
So England WU19s go into Tuesday afternoon’s game with Belgium (kick-off 1.30pm) knowing victory would guarantee their place in the Finals regardless of tonight’s other Group 3 match.
England: 1 Khiara Keating (Manchester City); 2 Jorja Fox (Charlton Athletic, loan from Chelsea), 16 Caitlin Smith (Clemson University), 6 Tara Bourne (Blackburn Rovers, loan from Manchester United), 3 Anouk Denton (University of Louisville); 10 Grace Clinton (Everton), 4 Charlotte Wardlaw (Liverpool, loan from Chelsea), 19 Laura Blindkilde Brown (Aston Villa); 7 Aggie Beever-Jones (Bristol City, loan from Chelsea), 9 Emily Murphy (University of North Carolina), 11 Freya Gregory (Leicester City, loan from Aston Villa)
Substitutes: 8 Maisie Symonds (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Murphy 71, 18 Lucy Watson (Sheffield United) for Clinton 90+2
Substitutes not used: 13 Natalia Negri (Charlton Athletic and Arsenal dual signing), 5 Ruby Mace (Manchester City), 12 Lucy Parry (Liverpool), 14 Mia Ross (Charlton Athletic), 15 Neve Herron (Sunderland), 17 Deearna Goodwin (Leicester City), 20 Olivia McLoughlin (Aston Villa)
Goals: Aggie Beever-Jones 50, Freya Gregory 90+1
Bookings: Charlotte Wardlaw 23, Aggie Beever-Jones 69
Head coach: Gemma Davies