Report: England WU17s 3-1 Denmark
England Women’s under-17s ensured they finished their UEFA Women’s U17 EURO qualifying group with a perfect record after a 3-1 win over Denmark on Thursday afternoon.
Natalie Henderson’s squad have been in Tallinn for their three matches against Ukraine, host nation Estonia and Denmark over the last week and now head back home having won all of their games.
After an 11-0 victory over Ukraine in their first match, they followed that up with a 3-0 dismantling of Estonia on Monday before facing the Danes to decide which nation would come out on top of the group.
And the Young Lionesses made a quick start at the Kadriorg Stadium with Maddy Earl opening the scoring with a half-volley from the edge of the box after eight minutes, before her Arsenal teammate Michelle Agyemang doubled the advantage with a header ten minutes later.
That was how the score remained until the final ten minutes, when Denmark pulled a goal back through Alma Aagaard to set up a tense finale.
Denmark knew another goal would level things up and they tested Sophia Poor on a couple of occasions in their search for an equaliser to which she was equal.
But with the game in stoppage time, England restored their two-goal cushion through Ava Baker’s strike and secured top spot in the group to boot as they look to set up another trip to Estonia for the U17 EURO Finals next summer.
England: 1 Sophia Poor (Leicester City), 3 Mari Ward (Bristol City), 4 Laila Harbert (Arsenal), 5 Katie Reid (Arsenal), 7 Araya Dennis (Arsenal), 8 Lexi Potter (Chelsea) (c), 9 Michelle Agyemang (Arsenal), 10 Lola Brown (Chelsea), 11 Ava Baker (Leicester City), 12 Maddy Earl (Arsenal), 14 Zara Shaw (Liverpool),
Substitutes: 17 Vivienne Lia (Arsenal) for Agyemang 74
Substitutes not used: 2 Daisy Hind (Chelsea), 6 Lucy Newell (West Bromwich Albion), 13 Katie Cox (Chelsea), 16 Scarlett Kagalwala (Chelsea), 18 Ruby Seaby (Arsenal), 20 Grace Nascimento (Aston Villa)
Head coach: Natalie Henderson
Goals: Maddy Earl 8, Michelle Agyemang 18, Ava Baker 90