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Published 14 November 2022 4 min read
Women's U23

Report: Italy 0-0 England WU23s

Written by:

Frank Smith

Mo Marley's side were unable to break down the Italian defence on Monday afternoon

England women’s Under-23s had to settle for a goalless draw in Italy after a hard-fought game at the Stadio Tre Fontane in Rome.

It follows the Young Lionesses’ first game of the camp which saw them beat the Netherlands 2-0 in Walsall on Thursday night.

Head coach Mo Marley made four changes to her starting line-up against Italy, as Asmita Ale, Ruby Grant, Angela Addison and Grace Clinton all came into the side.

Freya Gregory had scored twice against the Netherlands and started against Italy
Freya Gregory had scored twice against the Netherlands and started against Italy

The first half saw both teams struggle to create clear-cut chances, with the Italian’s arguably having the best opportunity, as a great turn and cross from Emma Severini saw Alice Berti fire over the bar from close range.

England looked set to take the lead eight minutes into the second half as some good build-up play ended with Freya Gregory having a low shot cleared off the line by the Italian defender.

The home side should have taken the lead with a quarter of an hour remaining when a long ball resulted in Margherita Monnecchi beating goalkeeper Emily Ramsey to the ball and after reaching the byline, pulling it back to Miriam Longo for a tap-in, only for Poppy Pattinson to deflect the shot and then Tara Bourne block it on the line.

A looping header from Asia Bragonzi in the final ten minutes then crashed against the bar for Italy and England substitute Shannon O’Brien forced a save, but neither side were able to find the winning goal.

14 Nov 2022 2:00:00

Italy v England WU23s | Full Match

Watch a stream of the Young Lionesses' game in Rome

England: 1 Emily Ramsey (Everton, on loan from Manchester United); 12 Asmita Ale (Tottenham Hotspur), 5 Anna Patten (Aston Villa, on loan from Arsenal), 6 Mia Ross (Charlton Athletic), 3 Poppy Pattinson (Brighton & Hove Albion); 18 Mel Filis (West Ham United), 10 Laura Blindkilde Brown (Aston Villa), 20 Ruby Grant (University of North Carolina); 24 Angela Addison (Charlton Athletic), 11 Freya Gregory (Aston Villa), Grace Clinton (Manchester United)

Substitutes: 21 Shannon O’Brien (Leicester City) for Clinton 61, 7 Jess Naz (Tottenham Hotspur) for Gregory 61, 15 Tara Bourne (Birmingham City, on loan from Manchester United) for Patten 71, ), 2 Jorja Fox (Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan from Chelsea) for Ale 85, 9 Aggie Beever-Jones (Everton, on loan from Chelsea) for Addison 85

Substitutes not used: 13 Kayla Rendell (Southampton), 22 Lucy Thomas (Birmingham City8 Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool), 14 Charlotte Wardlaw (Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), 16 Kiera Skeels (Charlton Athletic), 17 Isabella Sibley (Crystal Palace), 23 Paige Peake (Southampton)

Head coach: Mo Marley

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