Lions make it two from two
Friday, 28 October, 2011
Young Gunners' goals see victory over hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina.
England U17s sealed their place in the next stage of the European Championship on Friday afternoon, as two goals from two different Arsenal players in the second half in Sarajevo saw them secure victory over host nation Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Young Lions had started their First Qualifying Round on Wednesday evening with a convincing 4-0 win against Latvia and they followed that up with another good display to make it two wins from two games for John Peacock's side.
As expected, the hosts started with purpose and England had to be on their game in order to keep them out in the opening 20 minutes of the game. However, as the match wore on, England began to settle and actually finished the first half strongly only for Bosnia-Herzegovina to hang on until the break.
England didn't take long to break the deadlock after half-time though, as defender Luke Shaw's free-kick was met by Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden to put his side 1-0 up.
From there, England looked much the better side and it was no real surprise when another young Gunner added a second goal with just over ten minutes to go with Chuba Akpom netting his second goal of the Qualifiers.
The results in the group so far, England and Holland have both won two games now, means that Peacock's side are already through to the Elite Qualifying Round along with the Dutch.
However top spot in the group, which could prove an advantage for the Elite Qualifying Round draw in late November, will be decided on Monday afternoon when the two teams meet in Sarajevo.