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Published 30 October 2023 5 min read
Women's U19

Report: England WU19s 1-0 Czechia

Written by:

Frank Smith

Maddy Earl's goal in the second half enough to guide the Young Lionesses to victory at the Cardiff International Sports Campus

England WU19s made it three wins from three in round one of qualifying for next summer’s UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship with a 1-0 victory over Czechia.

With the top three teams in each League A group progressing to round two of qualifying, the Young Lionesses had already ensured their progression on Friday when they beat hosts Wales 6-1 following their opening 2-0 win over Greece.

And Amy Merricks’ side continued their 100 per cent record in qualifying thanks to Maddy Earl’s second-half goal against Czechia at the Cardiff International Sports Campus.

Czechia, who went into the game level on points with England, had the first real chance of note after just five minutes when Lucie Bendová intercepted Evie Rabjohn’s pass and the captain’s long-range effort was saved by Eve Annets.

It was a bright start and soon after Georgia Mullett forced a good save, before Rabjohn had a header stopped by Vanesa Jílková later in the half.

Amy Merricks has guided the Young Lionesses to three wins from three in EURO qualifying this season
Amy Merricks has guided the Young Lionesses to three wins from three in EURO qualifying this season

Both teams had chances to score in the opening period, as Kateřina Vithová had a shot from an indirect free-kick deflected over and both Freya Godfrey and Mullett saw shots blocked before the ball was scrambled clear.

Lucy Newell also had a shot deflected onto the bar and Earl had a couple of efforts saved but the sides headed into the interval level.

The breakthrough came six minutes into the second half as Godfrey had a shot saved by the goalkeeper and Earl brought the ball down and applied the finish.

England created the better chances in the second period and Mullett almost added a second goal when she struck the near post.

The Young Lionesses had to finish the game with ten players after Mia Enderby was forced off injured, but Merricks’ side managed to hold on for the win.

Ria Bose in action for England WU19s against Czechia
Ria Bose in action for England WU19s against Czechia

England: 13 Eve Annets (Reading), 2 Ria Bose (Chelsea), 4 Ashanti Akpan (Chelsea) ©, 5 Evie Rabjohn (Manchester United), 6 Lucy Newell (Manchester United, dual registered with West Bromwich Albion), 7 Freya Godfrey (Arsenal, loan to Charlton Athletic), 9 Georgia Mullett (Aston Villa), 10 Maddy Earl (Arsenal), 11 Ava Baker (Leicester City), 15 Alexia Potter (Chelsea, dual registered with Crystal Palace), 19 Mari Ward (Bristol City)

Substitutes: 17 Mia Enderby (Liverpool) for Baker 58, 3 Cerys Brown (Chelsea) for Ward 72, 14 Poppy Pritchard (Durham) for Godfrey 72, 16 Jemima Dahou (Manchester City, dual registered with Blackburn Rovers) for Earl 87

Substitutes not used: 1 Katie Cox (Chelsea), 8 Shauna Guyatt (Crystal Palace), 12 Lois Marley-Paraskevas (Manchester City, dual registered with Burnley), 18 Katy Watson (Sunderland), 20 Katie Reid (Arsenal, dual registered with Watford)

Head coach: Amy Merricks

Goal: Maddy Earl 51

Bookings: Freya Godfrey 26, Ria Bose 71

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