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Published 07 November 2023 4 min read
Women's U17

Report: England WU17s 8-0 Hungary

Written by:

Frank Smith

Denny Draper scores four and there are goals for Vera Jones and Isabella Fisher as Young Lionesses secure progression

England WU17s guaranteed their progression to the second round of EURO qualifying in emphatic style as they beat Hungary 8-0.

Not to be undone by the men’s under-17s, who have scored 13 goals in their two EURO qualifiers in the last week, the Young Lionesses have now found the net 14 times and conceded none in their two matches so far, following Saturday’s 6-0 win over Northern Ireland.

Leicester City striker Denny Draper scored four against Hungary, whilst there were also goals for Vera Jones and Isabella Fisher on Tuesday afternoon.

The top three teams in each of the seven groups within League A will have the chance to qualify for the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship in round two of qualification, where they will be joined in mini-groups by the top teams from the groups in League B.

A second round of qualifying will then take place in early 2024, with the seven group winners joining hosts Sweden in the finals in May.

England had already forced a save by the time Jones put England in front on five minutes after being set up by Sophie Harwood.

Three minutes later Draper was to score what proved to be the first of four goals for the Leicester City striker on the day.

The Young Lionesses continued to bombard the Hungary goal but the opposition managed to hold out until the 37th minute when Draper grabbed her second.

The fourth then arrived just two minutes later when more play from Harwood led to another, this time an own-goal from Greta Banfi.

Denny Draper scored four against Hungary
Denny Draper scored four against Hungary

Draper’s hat-trick was complete early in the second half when she headed in Lola Brown’s corner and her fourth arrived in very similar fashion just six minutes later, this time from a Harwood delivery.

Fisher, one of five substitutes in the second half, made it 7-0 when she held off the defender from Erica Parkinson’s through ball and finished powerfully above the goalkeeper from close range.

The Arsenal forward then concluded the scoring in injury-time when she converted Laila Harbert’s low cross from the right.

The WU17s will now turn their attention to the final round one qualifier against Belgium on Friday 10 November (2pm GMT).

England: 1 Hope McSheffrey (Arsenal), 2 Nelly Las (Leicester City), 3 Rachel Maltby (Aston Villa), 4 Laila Harbert (Arsenal/Watford) ©, 6 Cecily Wellesley-Smith (Oxford United), 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: 13 Rebekah Dowsett (Watford) for McSheffrey 46, 20 Mia Endacott (Plymouth Argyle/Bristol City) for Maltby 46, 19 Isabella Fisher (Arsenal) for Draper 64, 14 Emily Cassap (Sunderland) for Jones 64, 18 Eva Hendle (Chelsea) for Brown 64

Substitutes not used: 5 Jessica Pegram (Brighton & Hove Albion), 12 Scarlett Hill (Manchester United), 16 Issy Hobson (Everton), 17 Lauryn Thompson (Indy Eleven)

Head coach: Natalie Henderson

Goals: Vera Jones 5, Denny Draper 8, 37, 53, 59, Greta Banfi (OG) 39, Isabella Fisher 68, 90+3