Ellen White heads home in added time as England beat Canada in Rotherham
England 1-0 Canada
A Women’s International
3pm, Sunday 7 April 2013
New York Stadium, Rotherham United FC
Live on FATV
Ellen White's added-time header gave England their second 1-0 win over Olympic bronze medallists Canada inside a month.
The game looked to be heading for a stalemate when the 23-year-old stuck her neck out to direct Fara Williams's shot beyond Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod.
That goal sealed another narrow victory against John Herdman's side following the Cyprus Cup Final success three weeks ago and the result will further boost the confidence of the Three Lions' squad with the European Championship Finals just over three months away.
Clear goal chances were at a premium at Rotherham United's New York Stadium but the hosts were the better team in the main and they will feel they just about deserved the win.
And it was an occasion to remember for Rachel Yankey who equalled Peter Shilton's England appearance record of 125 caps.
It was a cagey opening from both sides until the hosts eventually seized an element of control and began to enjoy more of the ball inside the Canada half.
This increased adventure created half chances for White and Eniola Aluko, though neither troubled McLeod.
The first real opening came in the 19th minute when Steph Houghton headed Yankey’s corner straight at McLeod.
Canada’s initial effort came courtesy of Tiffany Cameron who raced onto Rhian Wilkinson’s through ball and saw her angled shot saved by Karen Bardsley.
The Three Lions regained possession and Aluko drove an effort wide before Houghton sent a fierce effort from distance just over the frame of the goal.
The visitors started the second half brightly and called Bardsley into action just five minutes after the restart as the Lincoln stopper was forced to block Cameron’s deft close range flick from Christine Sinclair’s header.
Rachel Brown and Jordan Nobbs were introduced on the hour mark and the latter almost scored with her first touch, smashing a 20-yard shot just over the bar.
Two efforts fell England’s way in quick succession after Yankey fed White on the edge of the box. White played in the unmarked Fara Williams, who saw her shot saved and White could only fire the rebound wide.
Everton youngster Toni Duggan, on for Aluko, came close to breaking the deadlock in spectacular fashion when she thumped a dipping effort onto the roof of the net with McLeod beaten.
Alex Scott cracked a shot beyond the angle of post and bar as England appeared unable to find a goal their play merited and the game had long looked to be heading for a stalemate.
But White popped up in the second minute of added time to nod the ball past McLeod and give England a shot in the arm with the summer fast approaching.
1 Karen Bardsley (13 Rachel Brown, 60), 2 Alex Scott, 3 Steph Houghton, 4 Anita Asante (16 Jordan Nobbs, 60), 5 Sophie Bradley, 6 Casey Stoney (C), 7 Eniola Aluko (18 Toni Duggan, 70), 8 Jill Scott, 9 Ellen White, 10 Fara Williams, 11 Rachel Yankey (15 Jess Clarke, 83)
Substitutes not used 12 Dunia Susi, 14 Laura Bassett, 19 Gemma Bonner, 20 Rachel Williams, 21 Siobhan Chamberlain, 22 Jade Moore, 23 Kerys Harrop
National Coach Hope Powell
1 Erin McLeod, 3 Tiffany Cameron, 4 Carmelina Moscato (10 Lauren Sesselmann, 74), 6 Kaylyn Kyle, 7 Rhian Wilkinson, 8 Diana Matheson, 11 Desiree Scott, 12 Christine Sinclair (C), 13 Sophie Schmidt, 14 Kadeisha Buchanan, 22 Kylla Sjoman
Substitutes not used 2 Emily Zurrer, 5 Robyn Gayle, 9 Ashley Lawrence, 15 Adriana Leon, 16 Jonelle Filigno, 17 Jodi-Ann Robinson, 19 Chelsea Stewart, 33 Karina LeBlanc
Head Coach John Herdman
Referee Gyongyi Gaal