England reach Nordic Final
Friday, 06 August, 2010
A 2-1 victory over Iceland books spot in Sunday's showpiece.
by Glenn Lavery
England reached the Final of the Nordic Tournament after defeating Iceland 2-1 in Vaasa, but required a very late slice of good fortune to maintain their 100 per cent record in the competition.
As Kenny Swain had predicted before the match, the Scandinavians, who would have reached the Final themselves with a win, provided stern opposition but the Coach will be pleased his young side persevered until the final whistle sounded.
A tight first half ended goalless, but just nine minutes into the second period, Crewe Alexandra’s Max Clayton registered his second goal in as many matches to break the deadlock. He scored the second goal against Denmark on Wednesday.
Iceland did find an equaliser but an added-time own goal from Sveinsson handed England all three points and a place in Sunday’s Final, which kicks off at 4pm BST.
Find out how the U17s fare right here on TheFA.com.
1 George Willis, 2 Tyias Browning, 3 Jasper Johns, 5 Adam Jackson (C) (8 Jake Caskey, 60), 7 Nathan Redmond, 9 Matthias Fanimo (14 Adam Morgan, 65), 10 Max Clayton, 12 Louis Hutton, 15 James Ward-Prowse (17 Sam Magri, 60), 16 Adil Nabi, 18 Courtney Meppen Walters
Substitutes not used 13 Shane Lewis, 4 John Lundstram, 6 Ellis Plummer, 11 Alex Henshall