Report: England MU19s 4-2 Switzerland
Goals from Amario Cozier-Dubbery, Dominic Ballard, Noel Buck and Ashley Phillips helped England MU19s secure the victory
England men’s under-19s rounded off their time at the Oliva Nova Football Centre in Spain in style with an impressive 4-2 win over Switzerland.
England, who had been unlucky to find themselves on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat to Germany in their other match on Wednesday, set their intentions from the off against the Swiss, as Aston Villa’s Omari Kellyman picked the ball up inside his own half and after beating his man, accelerated all the way to the byline.
And they didn’t have to wait long to take the lead as the Switzerland centre-half was caught in possession and Amario Cozier-Dubbery skipped away and in on goal, before slotting the ball low to the goalkeeper’s right.
Switzerland did have a penalty appeal waved away on 13 minutes, but the referee recognised goalkeeper True Grant got just enough on the ball.
The Swiss did equalise moments later though when England misjudged a long ball and Beney Romeo was able to slide it home.
Parity only lasted two minutes though as another sloppy error at the back allowed Bobby Clark to pinch the ball off the goalkeeper and Dominic Ballard was able to tap into the empty net.
England thought they had a third just after the half-hour mark when an impressive pass from Lewis Miley fed Kellyman and he put Ballard through. But the Southampton striker’s delicious dink over the goalkeeper was ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
It was to be Switzerland who got the game’s fourth goal when they won possession in England’s half and Romeo grabbed his second of the afternoon.
England responded immediately once again, as Clark cut inside from the left and hit a shot which trickled wide of the post.
The advantage was restored just before the hour-mark though as Noel Buck, who was making his first start for England, played a one-two in midfield before evading a challenge and rifling a shot from outside the box into the bottom corner.
It was then 4-2 on 65 minutes as Cozier-Dubbery drove into the box on the right and picked out substitute Ashley Phillips, with his first-time shot going in courtesy of a deflection.
England: 1 True Grant (Manchester City), 2 Ezra Carrington (Manchester City), 3 Calum Scanlon (Liverpool), 4 Lewis Miley (Newcastle United), 5 Max Alleyne (Manchester City), 6 Alfie Dorrington (Tottenham Hotspur), 7 Amario Cozier-Duberry (Arsenal), 8 Noel Buck (New England Revolution), 9 Dominic Ballard (Southampton), 10 Omari Kellyman (Aston Villa), 11 Bobby Clark (Liverpool)
Substitutes: 15 Ashley Phillips (Tottenham Hotspur) for Alleyne 63, 16 Jack Hinshelwood (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Miley 63, 17 Jobe Bellingham (Sunderland) for Kellyman 63, 12 Sai Sachdev (Sheffield United) for Carrington 63, 13 Ben Cisse (West Bromwich Albion) for Grant 63, 20 Romain Esse (Millwall) for Cozier-Duberry 70, 14 Lino Sousa (Arsenal) for Scanlon 70, 18 Adrian Blake (Utrecht) for Clark 70, 19 Kamari Doyle (Southampton) for Buck 70
Substitutes not used: 22 Luca Gunter (Tottenham Hotspur), 21 Jamie Donley (Tottenham Hotspur)
Head coach: Simon Rusk
Goals: Amario Cozier-Dubbery 6, Dominic Ballard 17, Noel Buck 59, Ashley Phillips 65
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