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Published 21 November 2023 4 min read
Men's U21

Report: England MU21s 3-0 Northern Ireland

Written by:

Paul Eddison

The Young Lions made it two wins from two in November as Lee Carsley enjoyed a successful return to Goodison Park

Harvey Elliott scored twice in the second half as England men’s under-21s surged a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland to keep the pressure on Ukraine in European Under-21 Championship qualification.

Tyler Morton had earlier opened the scoring for England on his full debut, as all three goals came from Liverpool players in a game played at Goodison Park.

Lee Carsley’s side have now won back-to-back games since defeat in Ukraine in October and were in control for much of this encounter.

Morton, who plies his trade for Hull City on loan from Liverpool, broke the deadlock on the half-hour with a sweet strike from outside the box as England led 1-0 at the break.

And in a funny twist of fate, it was another young Red in Elliott, who doubled England’s advantage early in the second half from a free-kick before he made it three with a neat chip ten minutes from time.
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England MU21s 3-0 Northern Ireland

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Fresh from their 3-0 victory away to Serbia, the Young Lions started quickly in this one, with Elliott picking out an unmarked Tino Livramento at the back post. The Newcastle United man pulled it back across but England skipper Jarrad Branthwaite could not quite connect from close range.

England were on top and had another chance when Hayden Hackney crossed in from the right. Jay Stansfield took it on the half-volley, but did not strike it cleanly, with Northern Ireland keeper Josh Clarke comfortably dealing with the shot.

Morton’s connection was much crisper soon after, however. The impressive Noni Madueke beat his man on the right before playing in Livramento. His pull-back was cleared straight to Morton, who did well to control before calmly striking the ball into the bottom left corner.

Madueke was causing plenty of issues on the right and left his defender again shortly afterwards, but Stansfield’s first-time effort flew over the bar.

Leading 1-0 at half time, England flew out of the blocks in the second half with Jamie Bynoe-Gittens denied by a good block after Madueke and Hackney had combined to set him up.
Jamie Bynoe-Gittens battles for possession during the clash at Goodison Park
Jamie Bynoe-Gittens battles for possession during the clash at Goodison Park
They didn't have to wait long for a second though. Elliott was brought down by Terry Devlin on the edge of the box and promptly picked himself up and curled the resulting free-kick around the wall with his left foot and past a helpless Clarke.

Madueke could have extended the lead with 20 minutes to go, played in by Elliott but he was unable to beat Clarke from a very tight angle.

The third goal did follow though, with a delightful through-ball from Morton to Elliott. The Liverpool combination worked a treat as Elliott notched his second with a delightful chip over the onrushing Clarke.

With the three points, England are still comfortably installed in second in Group F, three points behind the Ukraine and three clear of Serbia at the halfway stage in the group.

England (4-3-3): 1 James Trafford (Burnley), 2 Tino Livramento (Newcastle United), 16 Jarrell Quansah (Liverpool), 4 Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton) (c), 23 Josh Wilson-Esbrand (Reims on loan from Manchester City), 19 Harvey Elliott (Liverpool), 14 Tyler Morton (Hull City on loan from Liverpool), 21 Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund), 6 Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough), 20 Jay Stansfield (Birmingham City on loan from Fulham), 11 Noni Madueke (Chelsea)

Substitutes: 12 Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Millwall on loan from Arsenal) for Livramento 46’, 10 James McAtee (Sheffield United on loan from Manchester City) for Hackney 70’, 17 Samuel Iling-Junior (Juventus) for Bynoe-Gittens 70’, 9 Liam Delap (Hull City on loan from Manchester City) for Stansfield 70’, 8 Charlie Patino (Swansea City on loan from Arsenal) for Wilson-Esbrand 83’

Substitutes not used: 13 Matthew Cox (Bristol Rovers on loan from Brentford), 5 Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Southampton on loan from Manchester City), 7 Jaden Philogene (Hull City), 15 Charlie Cresswell (Leeds United)

Goals: Morton 31', Elliott 52’, 80’

Bookings: Branthwaite 36'

Head Coach: Lee Carsley

Northern Ireland (4-3-3): 1 Josh Clarke, 2 Carl Johnston, 5 Ruairi McConville, 4 Michael Forbes, 3 Aaron Donnelly, 17 Terry Devlin, 10 JJ McKiernan, 6 Jamie McDonnell, 7 Charlie Allen, 9 Ciaran McGuckin, 11 Justin Devenny

Substitutes: 19 Tommy Fogarty for McGuckin 64’, 16 Charlie McCann for McDonnell 64’, 8 Patrick Kelly for Devlin 64’, 20 Conor Falls for McKiernan 70’, 18 Barry Baggley for Devenny 82’

Substitutes not used: 12 Fraser Barnsley, 14 Ethan McGee, 15 Darren Robinson, 22 Charlie Lindsay

Bookings: McDonnell 36', Forbes 36', Devlin 50’, McCann 75’

Coach: Tommy Wright