Plenty learned despite series loss for U16 Girls

U16 Girls v Belgium 2018
Game 1 - Sat 7 July

Belgium 1 (0)
(PC, 54)

England 0 (0)

For many players in the squad this was their first experience of playing away from home and they showed plenty of strong development in both attack and defence in a close first half. 

England rotated their goalkeepers – with both playing a half each – and they both made plenty of fine saves against Belgium’s composed forward line, although they couldn’t keep out a fierce corner in the final quarter.

But England hit back hard with plenty of possession and shots in the final few minutes, although they couldn’t quite find the equaliser.

Game 2 - Sun 8 July

Belgium 4 (2)
(PC, 21); (FG, 28); (FG, 31); FG (42)

England 2 (1)
Copeman (FG, 24); Tillings (FG, 37)

After their exploits the previous day England started this game slowly, with Belgium opening the scoring in the second quarter from a corner.

But England hit back almost immediately through Jemima Copeman as she did well to convert a quick counter attack, although Belgium regained their lead shortly before half-time.

The hosts then scored their third within seconds of the restart and, despite another fine goal from Tilly Tillings, secured the victory in the 42nd minute.

As they did in the first game, England finished the fourth quarter strongly but once again weren’t able to get past the Belgian defence.