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Published 28 November 2023 2 min read
Women's U19

Report: Portugal 2-2 England WU19s

Written by:

Frank Smith

England women’s under-19s kicked off their trip to Portugal with a 2-2 draw against the hosts.

Goals from Georgia Mullett and Freya Godfrey either side of half-time looked set to secure victory for the Young Lionesses before a late goal by Portugal.

Attention will now turn to Sweden on Friday (3pm GMT) before taking on the Netherlands on Monday (1pm GMT).

Portugal took the lead in the 14th minute when England gave up possession just outside their penalty area and Marisa Correia came inside and slotted the ball through the legs of Eve Annets.

The visitors equalised six minutes before the break when good pressure from Lexi Potter led to another defensive mistake and Mullett raced through on goal before delicately dinking the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Freya Godfrey scored England's second goal in the 65th minute
Freya Godfrey scored England's second goal in the 65th minute

England then took the lead just after the hour mark when they won a penalty following a low cross by Araya Dennis and the Portugal defender blocked the ball with her arm when sliding with Michelle Agyemang.

Godfrey stepped up and found the bottom corner to the goalkeeper’s left.

But Portugal equalised in the final ten minutes when the ball was cut back to Ines Simas and she sent her shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards out.

England: 1 Eve Annets (Reading), 4 Ashanti Akpan (Chelsea), 5 Lucy Newell (Manchester United, dual registered with West Bromwich Albion), 6 Katie Reid (Arsenal, dual registered with Watford), 7 Mia Enderby (Liverpool), 8 Alexia Potter (Chelsea, dual registered with Crystal Palace) ©, 10 Maddy Earl (Arsenal), 12 Grace Ede (Sunderland), 14 Ava Baker (Leicester City), 19 Ria Bose (Chelsea), 23 Georgia Mullett (Aston Villa)

Substitutes: 25 Araya Dennis (Arsenal, dual registered with Crystal Palace) for Enderby 45, 15 Michelle Agyemang (Arsenal, dual registered with Watford) for Mullett 45, 16 Freya Godfrey (Arsenal, loan to Charlton Athletic) for Baker 45, 20 Lois Marley-Paraskevas (Manchester City, dual registered with Burnley) for Bose 58, 18 Jessica Osborne (Auburn University) for Ede 58, 3 Mari Ward (Bristol City) for Reid 58, 2 Cerys Brown (Chelsea) for Newell 58, 9 Poppy Pritchard (Durham) for Potter 69, 24 Keira Flannery (West Ham) for Akpan 69, 21 Laila Harbert (Arsenal, dual registered with Watford) for Earl 69

Substitutes not used: 13 Katie Cox (Chelsea), 11 Katy Watson (Sunderland), 17 Shauna Guyatt (Crystal Palace)

Goals: Georgia Mullett 39, Freya Godfrey 65