England have made a dream start to their World Cup campaign by winning their first three games.
World Deaf Futsal Championships
8-18 November 2007
England Women's Deaf Team have made a perfect start to their World Cup campaign in Sofia.
After being handed a walkover by Japan, the Three Lions beat Norway and Turkey to qualify for the Quarter-Finals.
On arrival to the Championships, the women competitors learned that Japan had pulled out of the competition at the last minute, resulting in England being awarded a 3-0 win.
But the team were soon in competitive action on Saturday, cruising to a comfortable 4-0 win over Norway.
England made a dream start to the game, taking the lead within 50 seconds when Cath Eyley and captain Susan McKeown linked allowing the latter to slot home.
The scorer was involved in England's second which arrived on 20 minutes. After a patient build-up, McKeown saw her shot saved but Lydia Docker was in the right place to knock in the rebound.
It was 3-0 two minutes later when goalkeeper Carly Waters, who had made several fine stops, delivered a long throw to McKeown who netted from ten yards.
Damaris Cooke continued the scoring in the second half by sliding home a rebound after her initial shot had been saved.
Skipper McKeown was happy with the performance.
"Norway were a good opposition and they kept us at bay for a long period of the game," she said. "We finally broke through, showing our class and strength."
Esther Maycock was England's hero as the Three Lions made it three successive wins with a 7-0 demolition of Turkey.
Eyley put England ahead in the eighth minute, turning before shooting into the bottom corner.
The lead was doubled five minutes later when Laura Wiseman finished off a slick move by firing a low shot into the bottom corner.
The Maycock show began in the 22nd minute when she belted home a 20 yard free-kick to put England 3-0 up at half-time.
It was 5-0 by 31 minutes, Maycock and Sarah Page finding the net, but England were not finished there.
Maycock completed her hat-trick in the 45th minute before saving her best for last - a 40 yard run and shot for her fourth and England's seventh.
"We have learnt from our mistakes in the first game and improved immensely," said Maycock.
"I felt full of passion when I scored the goals and proud of the team’s performance. I hope we keep it going and achieve the top position in our group to ensure a good chance in the Quarter-Final."
England play Israel on Monday - stay with TheFA.com to find out if the Three Lions made it four wins on the trot.