John Peacock's U17s slip to defeat in final match of FA International Tournament
England 1-2 Italy
The FA International U17 Tournament
3pm, Sunday 1 September 2013
Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion FC
by Gary Stonehouse
England suffered defeat to Italy in their final match of The FA International U17 Tournament at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.
After falling behind to an early goal from Ivan Francesco De Santis, Ryan Ledson equalised before a costly slip from the Young Lions captain saw him concede possession to Valerio Trani, who latched on to the loose ball to snatch a second-half winner.
The first chance of the match fell to Dan Crowley, but his side-footed strike rolled wide off the far right-hand post.
The next chance would not be wasted, however, but unfortunately for England it fell to the Italians on six minutes. After Max Lowe was penalised for a foul on the left touchline, Simone Minelli whipped the ball in from the resulting free-kick and De Santis rose the highest to power a header home from ten yards.
John Peacock's side looked to bounce back, firstly Crowley’s turn and shot from 20 yards was saved by Alex Meret in the Italian goal, then an offside flag denied Adam Armstrong when put through after some trickery from Patrick Roberts down the right channel.
Roberts was starting to see more of the ball and it was the Fulham winger who was at the heart of England’s equaliser on 26 minutes.
He played a quick give-and-go with Isaiah Brown before he was sent racing into the box, beating one defender as he made it all the way to the byline before chipping a right-footed ball across goal. Goalkeeper Meret managed to get his fingertips to the ball, but it wasn’t enough to clear the danger and it fell perfectly to Ledson to control and fire in from six yards at the back post.
Roberts was coming into his own down the right, but unluckily for England he was forced off through injury just seconds before half time, leaving the Italians breathing a huge sigh of relief as the teams went off level.
Five minutes after the restart saw the visitors regain the lead when Ledson slipped when in possession on the edge of his area. Substitute Trani latched on to the mistake and found himself clean through, rounded the keeper and slid the ball into the empty net.
The second half was a bit of a tepid affair as neither side created any clear cut chances and a raft of substitions affected the flow of the game.
As the clocked ticked down, the Young Lions attempted to push further up field and they had several half-chances, but came the closest through a Demetri Mitchell drive from 20 yards which was deflected wide.
As much as they huffed and puffed, England could not find a way though as they struggled to create much after the injury to Roberts.
And after victories in their opening two games, England and Italy, Portugal were crowned the winners of this annual youth tournament.
1 Freddie Woodman (13 Ryan Huddart, 45), 2 Tafari Moore, 3 Max Lowe (15 Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19), 4 Ryan Ledson (C), 6 Tosin Adarabayio (14 Lewis Cook, 45), 7 Patrick Roberts (11 Demetri Mitchell, 39), 8 Joshua Onomah, 9 Isaiah Brown (16 Dominic Solanke, 58), 10 Daniel Crowley (18 Kieran Dowell, 64), 12, Mandela Egbo, 17 Adam Armstrong.
Substitutes not used 5 Joseph Gomez
Head Coach John Peacock
1 Alex Meret, 2 Federico Caronte, 3 Luigi Rizzo, 4 Ivan Francesco De Santis, 6 Mauro Coppolaro, 10 Filippo Romagna (C), 11 Nicolo Barella (14 Manuel Locatelli, 45), 13 Claudio Zappa, (7 Tommaso Fantacci, 48), 15 Simone Minelli, 16 Denis Di Rocco (17 Luca Clemenza, 59), 18 Guiseppe Antoni Panico (9 Valerio Trani, 45).
Substitutes not used 5 Davide Vitturini, 8 Mattia Malvestiti, 12 Andrea Zaccagno.
Head Coach Bruno Tedino
Referee Dean Whitestone