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Published 10 October 2022 4 min read
Women's U23

Report: Sweden 1-1 England WU23s

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

It ended all square in Falkenburg for Mo Marley's Young Lionesses
England Women’s under-23s shared a 1-1 draw against Sweden in Falkenburg in the second of their international games in October.

Mo Marley’s side made the journey to Scandinavia on the back of a 0-2 defeat against Norway at St. George’s Park last week.

But the Young Lionesses were more than worthy of a result against the Swedes and they started on the front foot with Shannon O’Brien turning a Katie Robinson cross towards goal only for the Swedish ‘keeper to tip it onto the bar.

It was an open game, with both teams having chances but it remained all square at the break when Marley introduced Freya Gregory from the bench.

She made an impact from the off, first flashing a shot over the bar after a run down the left before she broke the deadlock just after the hour mark.

When the Swedes failed to clear a ball into the box, the ball fell to the Aston Villa forward who struck a low shot home to give England the lead.

That brought the host nation to life and Emily Ramsey was forced into a brilliant save to tip a shot onto the bar as Sweden looked to get level.

And they found an equaliser with just five minutes remaining when a floated ball into the area found Matilda Vinberg, who slotted past Ramsey to draw her side level.

They could have won it too, as the game was ticking into stoppage time when Evenlina Duljan brilliantly fashioned some space for a shot only to see it come back off the post.

Marley’s team will be back in action in November when they take on the Netherlands at Walsall FC.

England: 1 Emily Ramsey (Everton on loan from Manchester United), 2 Jorja Fox (Brighton & Hove Albion on loan from Chelsea), 3 Poppy Pattinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), 4 Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool), 5 Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United), 6 Mia Ross (Charlton Athletic), 7 Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), 9 Shannon O’Brien (Leicester City), 12 Asmita Ale (Tottenham Hotspur), 14 Ruby Grant (University of North Carolina), 20 Mel Filis (West Ham)

Substitutes: 11 Freya Gregory (Aston Villa) for O’Brien 46, 18 Charlotte Wardlaw (Liverpool on loan from Chelsea) for Pattison 82, 8 Molly Pike (Leicester City) for Kearns 90

Substitutes not used: 10 Laura Blindkilde Brown (Aston Villa), 13 Kayla Rendell (Southampton), 15 Paige Peake (Southampton), 17 Gemma Lawley (Birmingham City), 19 Anouk Denton (University of Louisville), 22 Emily Orman (Chelsea)

Head coach: Mo Marley

Goals: Freya Gregory 66