England U17s 1-0 Turkey U17s
England U17s 1-0 Turkey U17s
The FA International Tournament
7.30pm, Friday 30 August 2013
Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion FC
By Gary Stonehouse in Burton
England grabbed their first victory of The FA International Tournament after an impressive display against Turkey at Burton Albion.
Despite only scoring once through man-of-the-match Adam Armstrong, it was a scoreline that flattered the visitors as John Peacock’s side dominated throughout.
The opening 20 minutes belonged to the Young Lions who controlled the tempo from the first whistle and Newcastle striker Armstrong started to menace after only two minutes, firing over with a left-foot drive from 20 yards.
He then stung Ubeyd Adiyaman's hands with another long-range attempt before Dominic Solanke had a chance to open the scoring, only to hit the side-netting after rounding the 'keeper.
The pace of Solanke and Armstrong were causing problems for the Turks, and the latter drove forward again before playing the ball to Kieran Dowell on the edge of the box. He duly squared it to his left, where the onrushing Solanke drove it straight at Adiyaman.
England came closer just after the half-hour mark, albeit in fortuitous circumstances, when the ball ricocheted off Lewis Cook from distance and sailed towards goal.
Adiyaman looked set for an easy stop, but seemed to take his eyes off the ball before looking on in horror as it rolled past him and towards the goal. His blushes were spared as it rebounded back off the post.
It was much the same after the break, as the Young Lions continued to press with Joseph Gomez and Josh Onomah trying their luck from distance.
England didn't have long to wait for the breakthrough however, as the pressure finally told when they took the lead after 50 minutes.
Left-back Max Lowe got himself to the by-line and zipped a low cross towards the front post. The ball was half-cleared, before falling perfectly for Armstrong to tap home at the back post.
After creating the first, Lowe almost grabbed a second just minutes later, racing powerfully through the defence and striking a sweet left-foot drive which cannoned back off the post as the Turkish defence looked to be tiring.
There was to be no rest for them though, as the dangerous trio of Isaiah Brown, Patrick Roberts and Daniel Crowley were all introduced from the bench for the Three Lions.
After his goal on Wednesday against Portugal, Roberts looked to be full of confidence as he immediately went on the attack. He immediately skipped past a defender on the right and cut the ball back from the touchline for Brown, but his strike was deflected wide.
Turkey were struggling to get out of their own half by this stage, with only a long-ranger from the pacey Sabit Hakan Yilmaz to note.
But a succession of late corners had English nerves tangling and they almost grabbed an equaliser, only for the reflexes of 'keeper Ryan Huddart to deny Emirhan Aydogan's inswinging cross-shot.
That was enough to secure a deserved win for Peacock's side, who are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they face Italy at Burton Albion.
England U17s: 13 Ryan Huddart, 3 Max Lowe (4 Ryan Ledson, 75), 5 Joseph Gomez (c), 8 Joshua Onomah, 11 Demetri Mitchell, 12 Mandela Egbo, 14 Lewis Cook (2 Tafari Moore, 75), 15 Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (6 Tosin Adarabayio, 40), 16 Dominic Solanke (7 Patrick Roberts, 67), 17 Adam Armstrong (10 Daniel Crowley, 67), 18 Kieran Dowell (9 Isaiah Brown, 58).
Sub not used: 1 Freddie Woodman
Goal: Adam Armstrong, 50
Head Coach: John Peacock
Turkey U17s: 12 Ubeyd Adiyaman, 2 Savas Polat, 3 Bahadir Ciloglu, 5 Ertugrul Ersoy, 6 Birhan Vatansever (8 Emiirhan Aydogan, 72), 9 Volkan Pala, 10 Daniel Tan Barlaser (11 Tuncay Kilic, 72), 13 Hasan Ozkan, 14 Mucahit Cakir (17 Ekrem Aydemir, 75), 16 Muhammet Samet Karakoc (7 Sabit Hakan Yilmaz, 47), 18 Okan Celik (15 Mehmet Zeki Celik, 75).
Sub not used: 1 Tarik Cetin,
Bookings: 2 Savas Polat, 57
Head Coach: Hakan Tecimer
Referee: Lee Collins
Assistant Referees: Anthony Tankard & Chris Akers
Fourth Official: Steven Plane