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Published 01 December 2023 2 min read
Women's U19

Report: England WU19s 5-1 Sweden

Written by:

Jess Bird

The Young Lionesses in strong form on Friday with a victory over Sweden in Algarve Tournament

England women’s under-19s put on a five-star display on Friday to beat Sweden by 5-1 in their second match of the Algarve Tournament in Portugal.

Under the charge of interim coach John Griffiths, the Young Lionesses built on their opening 2-2 draw with hosts Portugal earlier in the week with a strong performance.

They made an electric start to the game and took the lead in the sixth minute, when Araya Dennis opened the scoring. An England corner was half-cleared, before Dennis struck it back at goal to find the top corner.

And they doubled their advantage just a minute later when Poppy Pritchard was sent clear and the Durham striker calmly slotted home into the bottom corner.

The third goal arrived on the half-hour mark when Freya Godfrey found space in the area to get on the end of Keira Flannery’s free-kick before placing a low effort into the bottom corner.

Pritchard then grabbed her second of the game, after latching onto a pass from Dennis before rounded ‘keeper Tilda Torstensson to make it 4-0.
The Young Lionesses line-up for their final game in Portugal against Sweden
The Young Lionesses line-up for their final game in Portugal against Sweden
And she almost completed a first-half hat-trick just before the break when her effort bounced back off the post.

Sweden found a lifeline ten minutes after the restart when Ida Bjornberg scored to reduce the arrears somewhat.

There were a number of changes in the second half, and it was one of those substitutes in Mia Enderby who rounded the game off to make it 5-1 after a strong run in the last minute.

And it could’ve been six soon after that too, when another sub in Ava Baker saw a shot hit the bar.
The Young Lionesses will play their third and final game of the tournament on Monday when they face the Netherlands (1pm GMT).

England: 13 Katie Cox (Chelsea), 2 Cerys Brown (Chelsea), 3 Mari Ward (Bristol City), 4 Ashanti Akpan (Chelsea), 9 Poppy Pritchard (Durham), 16 Freya Godfrey (Arsenal, loan to Charlton Athletic), 18 Jessica Osborne (Auburn University), 20 Lois Marley-Paraskevas (Manchester City, dual registered with Burnley), 21 Laila Harbert (Arsenal, dual registered with Watford), 24 Keira Flannery (West Ham), 25 Araya Dennis (Arsenal, dual registered with Crystal Palace)

Substitutes: 6 Katie Reid (Arsenal, dual registered with Watford) for Marley 58, 19 Ria Bose (Chelsea) for Ward 58, 17 Holly Deering (Manchester United) for Akpan 58, 7 Mia Enderby (Liverpool) for Dennis 70, 23 Georgia Mullett (Aston Villa) for Pritchard 70, 11 Milly Round (Aston Villa) for Flannery 70, 10 Maddy Earl (Arsenal) for Godfrey, 14 Ava Baker (Leicester City) for Harbert 84, 12 Grace Ede (Sunderland) for Brown 84

Substitutes not used: 1 Eve Annets (Reading), 5 Lucy Newell (Manchester United, dual registered with West Bromwich Albion), 8 Alexia Potter (Chelsea, dual registered with Crystal Palace), 15 Michelle Agyemang (Arsenal, dual registered with Watford),

Interim head coach: John Griffiths

Goals: Araya Dennis 6, Poppy Pritchard 7, 33, Freya Godfrey 30, Mia Enderby 89