England 4-0 Hungary
Monday, 14 October, 2013
A brace apiece from Bradley Fewster and Ryan Kent sees England to victory in Burton
By Thomas Coupland
A brace apiece from Middlesbrough’s Bradley Fewster and Liverpool’s Ryan Kent sealed an emphatic 4-0 win for England U18s against Hungary at St. George’s Park.
The Young Lions looked dominant throughout, with an attacking formation allowing for some excellent creative play that proved too much to handle for the Hungarians.
And with Bryn Morris and Will Miller superbly anchoring the midfield, England played with a attacking intent that was, at times, a joy to watch.
Despite their early supremacy though, it was the visitors who came closest to opening the scoring.
A cross from the left was met unchallenged at the back post by Mark Murai on four minutes, who seemed to take his eye off the ball as he placed his header wide of the post.
It would have been harsh on England had it nestled in the bottom corner, but it proved a stark reminder of the danger Hungary could cause at set pieces.
The miss proved costly for the away side 15 minutes later, as England got their breakthrough with a well-worked opening goal.
Receiving the ball on the left flank, Wolves defender Ben O’Hanlon curled in a wonderfully weighted cross to Fewster, who gratefully converted with a deft first-time flick across the keeper.
Fewster then turned provider six minutes later. Controlling a deep cross to the back post, he showed a cool head to look up and find Kent on the edge of the box. The sprightly winger then did well to drive a first time left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
The home side got their third of the game after 38 minutes, with more excellent link-up play between Fewster and Kent.
Receiving the ball on the edge of the box and surrounded by three players, Fewster showed a keen awareness to back-heel the ball into the path of Kent, who did the rest with a composed finish past the ‘keeper.
The win was rounded off shortly before half time, as Fewster got his second and England’s fourth of the game. Running on to a dinked through ball, the Boro youngster calmly converted from just inside the box.
The second half was a significantly different affair as England struggled to find the attacking momentum they enjoyed in the first 45 minutes, while Hungary reappeared as a much trickier proposition who worked well to restrict the home side’s dominance..
In fact, Hungary almost got off to the perfect start when Mark Koszta found himself one-on-one with England’s Ted Smith after a defensive slip from Ola Aina. The England ‘keeper did well though and got off his line quickly to block the shot.
Smith was called into action again later in the half when he pulled off a magnificent one-handed save to deny Koszta, whose 25-yard free-kick looked certain for the top corner.
But it could have been 5-0 three minutes from time when Brandon Barker found himself in a one-on-one position, only for a heavy touch to let him down and allow Horvath to make the save.
England: 1 Ted Smith (13 Callum Burton, 88), 2 Kyle Knoyle, 3 Ben O’Hanlon, 4 Ola Aina (17 Reece Burke), 5 Brendan Galloway, 6. Bryn Morris [C], 7 Ryan Kent (15 Brandon Barker, 67), 8 Will Miller (14 George Green, 60), 9 Bradley Fewster (16 Alex Kiwoma 80), 10 Kasey Palmer (Ashley Smith-Brown 71), 11 Alex Iwobi
Sub not used: 12 Alex Gillead
Hungary: 1 Daniel Horvath, 2 Daniel Gazdag, 3 Akos Kecskes, 4 Scaba Spandler [c], 5 Bence Lenzser, 6 Mate Vida, 7 Bence Grabant, 8 Mark Murai, 9 Julian Bartos, 10 Barnabas Racz, 11 Kristofer Takacs
Subs: 12 Alex Ivancsics, 13 Janos Hegedus, 14 Zoltan Gubacsi, 15 Jancso Andras, 16 Tamaz Szanto, 17 Mark Koszta, 18 Martin Toth, 19 Erik Nemeth.