Jane Ebbage's side are through to the final after beating the Rep. of Ireland 2-1.
England v Republic of Ireland
International Friendly Tournament
31 March 2005
England are through to the final of the Women's U17 International Tournament here in County Cork, having beaten the hosts, the Republic of Ireland, 2-1.
Fulham midfielder Natasha Dowie gave Jane Ebbage's side the lead after 26 minutes of the first half and England scored their crucial, match-winning second goal just eight minutes later when Leeds United's Jessica Clarke broke clear of the home side's defence.
The Republic of Ireland did get a goal back soon after the break but, though they put the England defence under plenty of pressure, the Irish couldn't find an equaliser.
As winners of Group A, England now play the winners of Group B, the United States, in the tournament final to be played at Curracloe United FC.
England Women's U17s v. Rep. of Ireland, 31 March 2005
England: Danielle Hill - Everton, Ellie Gilliatt - Lincoln City LFC (Sophie Bradley - Nottingham Forest LFC, 54), Kelly Lawrence - Arsenal LFC, Jayne Eadie - Everton LFC, Jessica Clarke - Leeds United LFC, Lizzie Edwards - Leyton Orient LFC, Natasha Dowie - Fulham LFC (capt.) (Mikaela Howell - Arsenal LFC, 67), Claire Rafferty - Millwall Lionesses LFC, Faye McCoy - Everton LFC (Danielle Buet - Arsenal LFC, 30), Katie Brusell - Stockport County LFC (Sian Larkin - Arsenal LFC, 47), Lauren Mitchell - Everton LFC
Subs not used: Sue Wood - Birmingham City LFC, Ellen White - Arsenal LFC, Danielle Ackerman - Southampton Saints WFC