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Published 04 November 2023 4 min read
Women's U17

Report: England WU17s 6-0 Northern Ireland

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Natalie Henderson's Young Lionesses make a bright start to EURO qualifying in Hungary

England women’s under-17s began their new UEFA Women’s U17 EURO qualifying campaign with a resounding 6-0 win over Northern Ireland.

Natalie Henderson’s team played their first of three games in Budaors, Hungary on Saturday afternoon where they swept aside their opponents.

It took less than 15 minutes for them to get into their swing, with Laila Harbert opening the scoring with a powerful finish after a neat set up from Denny Draper in the box.

Vera Jones then doubled the lead ten minutes later following Erica Parkinson’s through ball, which saw the Barry Town striker round the ‘keeper to score.

Draper then got herself on the scoresheet with a smart finish to the keeper’s right, with Jones turning provider on this occasion.

England made it four just before half time, when Jones got her second of the game after a ball in from the right wasn’t cleared by the Northern Ireland defence.

It only took five minutes of the second half before it was 5-0, when Lola Brown’s cross from the right was met by Draper’s flick-header to register her second of the game.

And the scoring was rounded off with five minutes to go when Sophie Harwood made it six with a free-kick from outside the box.

Henderson’s side will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon (3pm GMT) when they take on host nation Hungary in their second game.  

1 Hope McSheffrey (Arsenal), 2 Nelly Las (Leicester City), 3 Rachel Maltby (Aston Villa), 4 Laila Harbert (Arsenal/Watford), 5 Jessica Pegram (Brighton & Hove Albion), 7 Erica Parkinson (FC Valadares), 8 Sophie Harwood (Southampton), 9 Denny Draper (Leicester City), 10 Vera Jones (Barry Town), 11 Lola Brown (Chelsea), 15 Simone Sherwood (Leicester City)

Substitutes: 14 Emily Cassap (Sunderland) for Nas 46, 16 Issy Hobson (Everton) for Pegram 61, 17 Lauryn Thompson (Indy Eleven) for Parkinson 61, 19 Isabella Fisher (Arsenal) for Draper 61, 12 Scarlett Hill (Manchester United) for Brown 69, 

Substitutes not used: 13 Rebekah Dowsett (Watford), ,), 18 Eva Hendle (Chelsea), 20 Mia Endacott (Plymouth Argyle/Bristol City)

Head coach: Natalie Henderson

Goals: Laila Habert 14, Vera Jones 26, 45, Denny Draper 29, 51, Sophie Harwood 85