Women's U19s Lose Euro Opener
Manager Brent Hills has called on the Women's U19 side to be more streetwise going forward following on from a 2-0 defeat by Sweden in the European Championship.
The Group B European Championship Finals match ended in a defeat following an unfortunate own goal from Reading's Molly Bartrip before Sweden scored a second from a typical poachers goal. Unfortunately it means we've opened Group B with a loss.
Speaking to theFA.com following the game, Hills remained upbeat about our coming group games but did call on the team to be cleverer and more 'streetwise' moving forward.
'I have watched the game back and there are a lot of positives that we can take from it. Our play in the first two thirds was actually quite good and we did create chances, but didn't have enough to trouble their back four and their goalkeeper in terms of finishing.'
Apart from the two goals, Hills goes on to say that otherwise we defended very well and clearly both goals were isolated mistakes that we paid the ultimate price for.
Our second Group B of the Finals is against the Republic of Ireland on Friday and they will coming in confident after beating Spain on Tuesday one nil in what is their debut appearance at this stage.
Despite that Hills is confident that we will get back on track, and more importantly the disappointing loss will be a great learning experience for what is a young team.
'We have 17 players who can play next year at this age group and four who can play in two years. We try and win every game but we also try to gain as much valuable experience as possible. I was pleased with our play right up until their box but we can work on that ahead of the Ireland game.'
Pointedly, Hills adds.
'You don't qualify from your first game and there are still six points to play for so we'll give it our best shot.'
Sophie Baggaley (Birmingham City), Ashleigh Mills (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Molly Bartrip (Reading), Vyan Sampson (Arsenal), Rosella Ayane (Chelsea), Millie Turner (Everton), Jenna Dear (Chelsea), Claudia Walker (Liverpool), Carla Humphrey (Arsenal), Coral Haines (Birmingham City), Jodie Brett (Chelsea).
Sarah Mayling (Aston Villa) for Haines (50), Maddy Cusack (Aston Villa) for Brett (65), Jemma Purfield (Doncaster Rovers Belles) for Humphrey (83).
Subs not used:
Kirstie Levell (Everton), Elisha N'Dow (Aston Villa), Rebecca Lloyd (Birmingham City), Fran Steele (Arsenal).
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP).
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