NAGS U21 Results

Jenny Hall - 60 (PC) 61 (PC)

AFTER their free-scoring performances against Scotland last week, England Under-21 Women faced a much stiffer test in Spain, and battled to a 1-1 draw with their rivals in the first of three matches at Lilleshall in Shropshire on Sunday.

Jenny Hall’s 60th minute goal was quickly cancelled out by the Spaniards less than a minute later, and England were left to rue missed chances from earlier in the match which could’ve seen them dominate.

Jenny Hall takes on her opponent while playing for England U21 against Argentina in the Women's Junior World Cup semi final in Boston, 14 August 2009“For much of the first half we cancelled each other out as we were both getting a feel for the opposition,” said head coach Andy Bradshaw. “We talked about improving on a number of areas at half time, and we came out well.

“Rebecca Halle hit the post and we had a couple of other chances which didn’t go in shortly after half time, but we started to dominate a little more. We had better connections in midfield, and good retention in the forwards.”

The breakthrough came on the hour mark, when Canterbury’s Jenny Hall deflected in a Jess Wood effort from the left, but their joy was short-lived.

“It’s disappointing that we conceded so quickly after our goal,” added Bradshaw. “Especially given that it was a cheap goal, conceded because we didn’t defend well.

“Ultimately the 20 minutes after the break where we dominated, we should’ve finished off more chances, and given ourselves a comfortable lead. But we have plenty to work on in training to improve our finishing.”

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(pic shows Jenny Hall at a previous match against Argentina)