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Published 09 April 2024 4 min read
Women's U19

Report: Italy 1-4 England WU19s

Written by:

Zac Vassell

Young Lionesses round off their UEFA Women's U19 EURO qualifiers with a convincing 4-1 win in Lisbon


England women’s under-19s ended their EURO qualifiers in style with a 4-1 victory over Italy in Queluz on Tuesday afternoon.

The Young Lionesses made it three wins from three in the second qualifying round as they now head towards the U19 EURO Finals in Lithuania later this year.

Quick braces for both captain Freya Godfrey and Poppy Pritchard helped the WU19s cruise to victory out in Portugal after initially falling behind.

Both sides showed promise from the start, with plenty of end-to-end action in the first quarter of the game. This was punctuated in the 22nd minute as Italy made their breakthrough. A wonderful pass from Testa released striker Renzotti in behind the England defence, as she rounded Poulter in goal to make it 1-0.

The joy was short-lived for the Italians, as the Young Lionesses provided an instant response by levelling the contest up in the 24th minute, courtesy of their captain Freya Godfrey. Another ball in behind caught the defence off-guard, this time played by centre-half Newell into path of Godfrey. Some great wing play followed by a slice of good fortune led to a straightforward finish for the captain.

The Young Lionesses continued to keep the tempo up, as a mazy run from Godfrey again resulted in an audacious chip that was stopped illegally on the line by the hand of Gallo. Godfrey went on to coolly slot away the penalty, doubling her tally for the day.

There was no sign of let up from England come the second half. After a quick start, substitute Ava Baker provided a low cross to give Pritchard a simple finish in the 50th minute. Pritchard went on to capitalise on an Italy mistake just moments later. Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, she fired towards the keeper's left, grabbing her second in quick succession.

With qualification to the Finals having already been secured against Portugal last Saturday, John Griffiths’ squad will now have their full attention set on the EURO finals in Lithuania this summer.

England: 1 Hannah Poulter (GK) (Reading), 2 Jessica Osborne (Summerville, S.C.),4 Ashanti Akpan (Chelsea), 5 Lucy Newell (West Bromwich Albion), 7 Katy Watson (Sunderland), 8 Madison Earl (Arsenal), 10 Alexia Potter (Crystal Palace), 11 Freya Godfrey (Charlton Athletic) ©, 15 Poppy Pritchard (Manchester City), 16 Grace Ede (Sunderland), 20 Araya Dennis (Crystal Palace)

Substitutes: 19 Ava Baker (Leicester City) for Watson 46’, 9 Michelle Agyemang (Watford) for Akpan 46’, 17 Georgia Mullett (Aston Vila) for Godfrey 62’,

Substitutes not used: 3 Evie Rabjohn (Manchester United), 6 Brooke Aspin (Bristol City), 12 Vivienne Lia (Arsenal), 13 Katie Cox (GK) (Chelsea), 14 Mia Enderby (Liverpool), 18 Louanne Worsey (Birmingham),

Head Coach: John Griffiths

Goals: Godfrey 25’, 37’ (p), Pritchard 50’, 52’