England beat Armenia 7-0 in Euro qualifier.
Andorra 0-7 England
UEFA European U17 Women's Championship
First Qualifying Round
4pm, Tuesday 5 October 2010
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Bethan Merrick struck a hat-trick as the England Women’s U17 team cruised to a comfortable 7-0 victory over Armenia, meaning a win over Belgium on Friday would see the Young Lions through to the Elite Qualifying Round of the European Championship.
Following on from their 2-0 First Qualifying Round defeat of Turkey at the weekend, Lois Fidler’s side soon took command in Deinze, Belgium, and took the lead in the 28th minute through Paige Williams, who netted her second goal in as many games. Melissa Lawley doubled the advantage just three minutes later before Merrick struck the first of her treble on 36.
Two quick second-half goals from the forward saw her claim the match ball by the 53rd minute and it was left to substitute Bethany Mead to complete the victory with a brace.
England complete their first batch of qualifiers against Belgium on Friday with the winner claiming top spot in the group and a place in the Elite Round. The runners-up must wait to see if they are one of the six best second-placed teams in order to join the ten group winners in phase two.England
1 Megan Walsh, 2 Jade Bailey, 3 Paige Williams (12 Aoife Mannion, 41), 5 Meaghan Sargeant, 6 Leah Galton (C), 7 Lucy Gunton-Jones, 8 Sherry McCue (18 Holly Crosby, 71), 10 Anna Young (9 Bethany Mead, 53),11 Katie Wilkinson, 16 Bethan Merrick, 17 Melissa LawleySubstitutes not used
1 Jasmine Elliott, 4 Bianca Bragg, 14 Lauren Haynes, 15 Taylor O'LearyHead Coach