Lions start with Dutch draw
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Kenny Swain's U16s begin Montaigu Tournament with 1-1 draw against Holland
England U16s began the Montaigu Tournament on Tuesday afternoon with a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands.
Kenny Swain's side travelled to western France over the weekend and face four games in the annual tournament over the next week, starting with the group match with the Dutch.
And they started well, with Swain's team unfortunate not to win the game following a positive performance at Beauvoir sur Mer.
In the opening stages, Manchester United's Demetri Mitchell shaved the cross-bar with a glancing header from Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke's cross after just seven minutes.
England were denied by the woodwork again ten minutes later when Tom Brewitt powered a header against the Dutch bar following a Mitchell corner.
However, it was Holland who opened the scoring against the run of play, with a strike just two minutes before half time to test England's character after the break.
And Swain's side responded to that setback as required, with defender Archie Edwards of Charlton Athletic levelling things up in the 42nd minute, following up to score from close range after Josh Onomah had hit the post with a shot.
The equaliser brought out the best from Holland, who enjoyed a strong spell just after that but they couldn't beat Lewis Ward whose super double-save in the 48th minute kept England level.
With time running out and both sides looking for the win, Liverpool's Brewitt saw a close range shot blocked and Giorgio Rasulo of MK Dons shot just over.
But Swain will be pleased with his team's overall performance as the Young Lions now turn their attentions to their second game of the tournament, against Chile on Thursday afternoon.