Brian Eastick's team picked up another fine victory on Sunday afternoon in their qualifying quest.
England 6-0 Romania
UEFA Qualifying Tournament
3pm, Sunday 14 October 2007
Scunthorpe United FC, Glanford Park
England U19s are through to next year’s Elite stage of European Championship Qualifying after a scintillating display at Scunthorpe on Sunday.
It proved to be a memorable afternoon for Bolton Wanderers striker, Tope Obadeyi, who blasted a hat-trick as England saw off the challenge of Romania with ease, in front of the day’s special guest, Sir Trevor Brooking.
Brian Eastick’s side had hit five past Iceland on Friday night and they were back amongst the goals inside three minutes at Glanford Park, when Ciaran Clark rose above the Romanian defence to powerfully head home James Henry’s right sided corner.
Henry almost made it two just minutes later when the Reading midfielder’s dazzling run from the centre circle was cruelly denied by a desperate Romanian backline.
It was Obadeyi who eventually made it two on the half hour mark when Romanian keeper Alexandru Oprea fumbled on the edge of the six yard box and left the hitman to coolly tap the loose ball into the empty net.
A great run from Kieran Gibbs helped set up the third on 39 minutes as the Arsenal youngster tricked his way down the right wing before squaring the ball to Sunderland’s Jamie Chandler who rattled a powerful shot past Oprea from ten yards.
Febian Brandy made it three goals in as many matches just after the break, when Scunthorpe’s on-loan Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork split the Romanian defence open to allow the diminutive striker to fire home at the near post on 49 minutes.
Brandy’s strike proved to be the end of Oprea’s afternoon with the Romanian keeper receiving warm applause from the home crowd as he made way for Mirel Bolboasa.
The new keeper was almost picking the ball out of the net himself within two minutes with Obadeyi firing a vicious shot just over the bar before seeing a side foot effort roll agonisingly wide.
Obadeyi eventually got his second with 20 minutes left, hitting a left foot shot past Bolboasa after good work from substitute Josh Wright.
England goalkeeper Jason Steele had barely touched the ball all afternoon when he was called into action on 72 minutes, saving well from Jianu at the near post.
Obadeyi held off the Romanian defence to complete his treble with just four minutes remaining to leave England top of the Preliminary Qualifying group and in with a chance to progress to next year’s finals in the Czech Republic.
England complete their European Championship Preliminary Qualifying programme against Belgium at Barnsley on Wednesday evening.
England: 1 Jason Steele, 2 Sam Hutchinson, 4 Jack Cork, 5 Krystian Pearce, 6 Ciaran Clark, 7 James Henry (17 Jordan Spence, 87) 8 Jamie Chandler (14 Josh Wright, 55), 10 Febian Brandy (15 Ed Upson 62), 12 Tope Obadeyi, 16 Joe Mattock, 18 Kieran Gibbs
Sub not used: 13 Ross Atkins
Goals: Clark 2, Obadeyi 30, 70, 86, Chandler 39, Brandy 49
Romania: 12 Oprea (1 Bolboasa, 56), 2 Petrus, 3 Amet, 4 Benga, 5 Papp, 8 Gheorge, 10 Danu, 11 Jianu (17 Vladuti, 89), 13 Vagner, 15 Chipciu, 16 Angioveanu (18 Antal, 64)
Subs not used: 6 Raducu, 7 Beresoa, 9 Sburlea, 14 Andronic.
Booked: Amet, 16.
England White shirts, blue shorts, white socks.
GK All purple
Romania: All yellow
GK Grey shirt, black shorts, black socks
Referee: Cesar Muniz Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Jose Manuel Fernandez Miranda (ESP) & Serkan Ork (TUR)
Fourth Official: Firat Aydinus (TUR)