Mo Marley's side beat Sweden 2-0 to lift European Championship.
Sweden 0-2 England
UEFA European Women's U19 Championship
4pm BST, Saturday 25 July 2009
England Women’s U19s are celebrating tonight after lifting the UEFA European Championship in Belarus.
A goal apiece for Toni Duggan and Jordan Nobbs secured a 2-0 victory over Sweden in the Final and Rebecca Spencer’s clean sheet means The Three Lions triumphed in the competition without conceding a single goal.
This result brings to fruition three years of steady progress for this age group, who were beaten by Germany in this very Final in 2006. They were unable to make it out of the group stages last year, but with a raft of new players, Marley supervised their run to the quarter final of the FIFA U20 World Cup and this trophy ensures a tangible reward.
This trophy will cheer everyone involved in Women’s football and will no doubt motivate Hope Powell’s Senior side to replicate the success at next month’s European Championship in Finland.
Sweden and England had already met in the group stage with Marley’s charges running out 3-0 victors and Duggan broke the deadlock in the Final just after the half hour mark with her fourth goal of the tournament, finishing off a fine team move.
England skipper, Michelle Hinnigan, who was impressive all afternoon, was at the heart of the move before the ball was shared between Gilly Flaherty, Isobel Christiansen and Jade Moore. Duggan found herself at the far post and converted beyond Hilda Carlén in the Swedish goal.
With a one goal lead England looked in control but Nobbs doubled the advantage just four minutes later, with a superb effort from 30 yards, lending England an even more comfortable cushion going into half time.
It was a lead that they never looked like relinquishing, and they could have added to it on a number of occasions, but there were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as the U19s celebrated their first title at this age group.
1 Rebecca Spencer, 2 Chelsea Weston, 3 Gilly Flaherty, 4 Remi Allen, 5 Bronze, 6 Kerys Harrop, 7 Isobel Christiansen (16 Jessica Holbrook, 79), 8 Jordan Nobbs, 9 Toni Duggan, 10 Michelle Hinnigan (14 Laura Coombs, 67), 11 Jade Moore
Substitutes not used
13 Ashley Baker, 12 Abbie Prosser, 15 Gemma Bonner, 17 Demi Stokes, 18 Lauren Bruton
Duggan 33, Nobbs 37
Referee Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referees Maja Dovnik (SVN) and Paula Brady (IRL)
Fourth Official Carina Susanna Vitulano (ITA)