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Published 19 June 2022 4 min read
Men's U19

Match report: England MU19s 2-0 Austria

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Young Lions kick-off their UEFA U19 EURO Finals campaign with victory over Austria in Slovakia
20 Jun 2022 3:50

Highlights: England 2-0 Austria

See the best of the action from Slovakia as the Young Lions start the U19 EURO with a win

England men’s under-19s got their UEFA U19 EURO Finals campaign off to a winning start on Sunday, as they beat Austria by 2-0 in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.

A goal in each half from Carney Chukwuemeka and Alfie Devine sealed a deserved Group B win for Ian Foster’s Young Lions, but they were pushed all the way by a determined and organised Austrian side.

The victory puts England on top of their group after the first round of games, with Israel and Serbia sharing a 2-2 draw in their match.

And it was a tight opening to the game, with both sides sizing each other up and little in the way of clear opportunities during those early exchanges.

At one end, Austria’s Benjamin Kanuric saw a shot from the edge of the area turned away by Young Lions keeper Matthew Cox.

But the closest to an opener came just after the half-hour mark when a flowing move saw Aaron Ramsey link up with Chukwuemeka outside the area. The ball was worked out to Harvey Vale on the left and when he found Ramsey in the area, the Aston Villa youngster’s low show bounced back off the post.
Alfie Devine's second-half goal put the Young Lions 2-0 up against Austria
Alfie Devine's second-half goal put the Young Lions 2-0 up against Austria
The deadlock was broken two minutes before the break though, as Ramsey picked out his Villa teammate Chukwuemeka just outside the box. The midfielder then beat two men before trading passes with Dane Scarlett in the area and then stabbing home from close range.

England came so close to doubling their lead just a minute after the re-start too, as Austrian defender Leopold Querfeld was caught out on the ball by Ramsey who poked the ball through for Scarlett.

The Spurs striker raced clear only to see his shot bounce back off the post and straight back to Ramsey, whose follow-up was somehow cleared off the line by Austrian captain Ervin Omic.

The crucial second goal arrived on the hour mark and Chukwuemeka was again at the heart of it, jockeying between two tackles into the area before picking out Devine in the middle. The Spurs forward needed no encouragement, opened his body up and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner to give Elias Scherf no chance.

The Austrians weren’t done though and the impressive Yusuf Demir curled a shot past Cox only to see it clip the angle of post and bar as they looked for a way back into the game.

They just couldn't find a way past Cox in the England goal though and it was after another save that England almost went 3-0 up in stoppage time, when sub Jamie Bynoe-Gittens led a counter attack from his own half before slipping through fellow replacement Sam Iling-Junior whose shot was blocked superbly by Scherf.

The three points were secured though and Foster’s team will now turn their attention to Wednesday’s game with Serbia.

England: 1 Matthew Cox (Brentford), 2 Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Arsenal), 3 Callum Doyle, 4 Tim Iroegbunam (Aston Villa), (Manchester City), 5 Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United), 6 Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), 7 Alfie Devine (Tottenham Hotspur), 8 Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa), 9 Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotpsur), 10 Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), 11 Harvey Vale (Chelsea) (c)

Substitutes: 14 Alex Scott (Bristol City) for Ramsey 60, 12 Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford) for Norton-Cuffy 72, 19 Liam Delap (Manchester City) for Scarlett 72, 18 Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund) for Devine 80, 17 Sam Iling-Junior (Juventus) for Chukwuemeka 80

Substitutes not used: 13 Teddy Sharman-Lowe (Chelsea), 15 Luke Chambers (Liverpool), 16 Bashir Humphreys (Chelsea), 20 Daniel Jebbison (Sheffield United),

Head coach: Ian Foster

Goals: Carney Chukwuemeka 43, Alfie Devine 60