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Published 15 August 2023 4 min read
England Para Teams

Report: England Blind Women 0-0 Morocco

Written by:

Frank Smith

The Para Lions were taking part in their second game at the IBSA World Championship, which is part of the IBSA 2023 World Games in Birmingham

England Blind Women secured their first point in a major tournament after drawing 0-0 with Morocco at the IBSA World Championship.

The Para Lions faced the daunting task of taking on world number one side Japan in their first match at the IBSA World Games in Birmingham on Monday, where they were on the wrong side of a 5-0 defeat.

Against Morocco, England started really well as Sam Gough dribbled from deep and after being bundled over, had the resulting free-kick blocked for a corner.

England Blind Women lining up for the national anthem ahead of the game with Morocco
England Blind Women lining up for the national anthem ahead of the game with Morocco

The dangerous Gough had another impressive run moments later and would have scored had it not been for a save by the Morocco goalkeeper.

Morocco came into the contest more as the half wore on but England nearly took the lead in the ninth minute when Natasha Mead struck the post with a low shot across goal.

Morocco had a great chance to break the deadlock shortly before the interval and would have scored had goalkeeper Megan Brierley not saved from close range.

The England goalkeeper made further saves in the second half and Gough also forced the Morocco goalkeeper into a good stop from a free-kick.

Sam Gough impressed for England once again
Sam Gough impressed for England once again

It was a physical battle and after Morocco conceded an 8m penalty following a fifth foul, Gough saw her chipped shot saved.

So England had to settle for a point and will now look to secure a maiden win against Sweden in their final group game on Thursday.

Kick-off will again be at 10.30am and the game will be streamed live on the IBSA YouTube channel and a match report provided at

England: 1 Megan Brierley, 2 Selina Prieto, 5 Alice Hopkins, 7 Lucja Wyrwantowicz, 9 Sam Gough ©

Substitutes: 13 Katie Christopher, 3 Natasha Mead, 4 Ayman Hafiz, 11 Emma Stead

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