Benik Afobe nets his first U17s goal as England beat Israel in Portugal.
England 4-0 Israel
The Algarve Tournament
9.30am, Tuesday 24 February 2009
England U17s brought the Algarve Tournament to a close by securing a convincing win against Israel in Ferreiras.
After losing their other two games in the competition against hosts Portugal and France, the Young Lions were doubly determined to finish on a high and they did exactly that as they prepare for the next qualifying round for the European U17 Championship.
Enjoying the majority of possession throughout, it was a strong start from England and John Peacock's team were rewarded when they took the lead after 13 minutes. Joe McCann put an excellent cross into the area where Lateef Elford-Alliyu made no mistake by smashing the ball home.
England could have added further to their tally, firstly when captain Jose Baxter (pictured above) saw a shot saved by the Israel goalkeeper Strauss and then when Luke Freeman's effort went narrowly over just a moment later.
They didn't have to wait much longer for a second goal though and Baxter provided it with a fine free kick just ten minutes before the break.
The third goal arrived shortly after the hour mark when Elford-Alliyu combined with substitute Ryan Tunnicliffe before setting up Benik Afobe to score his first goal for the U17s following his promotion from the U16s.
England went looking for a fourth and it almost arrived in the 67th minute when Baxter saw another free kick saved, before Freeman set up Jacob Walcott and his effort was somehow kept out from point-blank range.
Israel looked determined to get themselves a goal and 'keeper Sam Johnstone had his busiest spell of the game midway through the second half but managed to stay solid and keep a clean sheet.
The win was secured in the last minute, when Walcott's cross picked out Tunnicliffe and after his shot was saved, Freeman was there to slam the ball home from the rebound and make it 4-0.
13 Sam Johnstone, 2 Keanu Marsh-Brown, 4 Joe McCann, 5 Eddie Oshodi, 6 Tom Parkes (15 Louis Laing, 73), 7 Jose Baxter (c), 9 Benik Afobe (10 Jacob Walcott, 64), 12 Luke Freeman, 14 Emmanuel Frimpong (8 Ryan Tunnicliffe, 53), 17 Ezekiel Fryers, 18 Lateef Elford-Alliyu (11 Thomas Ince, 73).
Substitutes Not Used
1 Jed Steer, 2 Jamie Reckord, 16 Ahmad Benali.
1 Strauss, 2 Dasa, 4 Luria, 5 Dahan, 6 Rosenbaom, 7 Azzam (9 Reuven, 53), 8 Grinderfer (12 Balestra, 53) 10 Shafsha (11 Mahameed, 53) 13 Tawatha (14 Raz Gateno, 64) 15 Kehat (c), 17 Polak.
Substitutes Not Used
3 Lagrisi, 16 Rubinoy, 18 Engelshtein.