Victory for England U18 girls over Scotland

England U18 Girls-Clio O'Malley 450

ENGLAND Under-18 girls showed great promise and resilience in their opening match of the Easter Four Nations at Lilleshall NSC in Shropshire, beating Scotland 3-2 on Good Friday.

England fought back from behind to go in at the break at 1-1, and kept the pressure up on their rivals to take the victory.

“It was a little bit scrappy and there is plenty to work on, but at least we won,” said Head Coach Andy Bradshaw. “It was a decisive start, but we have a lot to work on.

“The girls responded well to get back into the game after going behind in the first half, and we kept working on the things we had talked about. They showed enough control and kept our attacking threat up, but we need a bit more composure in and around the circle.”

England had barely got out of first gear when Scotland took the lead from a penalty corner after three minutes, but England soon woke up and levelled on 14 minutes through Bowdon’s Clio O’Malley (pictured), who latched on to a ball from the right flank before attacking the circle and finding the net.

They came out all guns blazing for the second half, and England took the lead on 42 minutes from a penalty corner, Ipswich’s Fran Tew scoring with a straight strike.

Some more sloppy defending let Scotland score an equaliser from a penalty corner on 48 minutes.

But England enjoyed a good spell of pressure and possession and scored the winner on 62 minutes from a penalty corner, Oxford Hawks’ Charlotte Burrows finding the goal after the ball had gone back to the injector and bounced off the left post.

* Click here for details of England Under-18 Girls in the Easter Four Nations Tournament