England 6-0 Belarus
By Matt Phillips in Bournemouth
Karen Carney scored a first half hat-trick as England Women blitzed Belarus at AFC Bournemouth.
The victory was a perfect start to both England's 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign and Brent Hills' spell as interim Head Coach following Hope Powell's recent departure.
Birmingham City star Carney put England on their way inside just three minutes as she burst through the Belarus defence before clipping the ball past Savastsyan with the faintest of touches, bouncing off the far post and in.
The visitors looked all at sea from the very start and it was no surprise when Ellen White doubled the lead for England on 13 minutes. She played a brilliant one-two with Jordan Nobbs on the edge of the penalty box, before slotting home with ease under Belarus 'keeper Volha Savastsyan.
And Carney made it 3-0 after 26 minutes with a bullet-like effort from 30 yards, after good work from Toni Duggan and Nobbs before completing her hat-trick with just five minutes left of the first half, by smashing a shot past Savastsyan from close range.
Second half substitute and Liverpool striker Natasha Dowie was then introduced by Hills and made an immediate impact from the bench, scoring England's fifth goal before setting up Eni Aluko in the space of three minutes.
The FA WSL top scorer tapped home on the hour mark after White's header cannoned off the bar and the Dowie then teed-up Aluko for the simplest of finishes two minutes later as England extended their lead to 6-0.
So with three points now on the board, Hills will be hoping that his side can replicate this performance against Turkey at Portsmouth's Fratton Park on Thursday.
England: 1 Rachel Brown-Finnis, 2 Alex Scott, 3 Lucy Bronze, 4 Fara Williams (17 Jade Moore, 72), 5 Sophie Bradley, 6 Casey Stoney (c), 7 Eniola Aluko 62', 8 Jordan Nobbs, 9 Ellen White, 10 Karen Carney (18 Jill Scott, 56) 11 Toni Duggan (15 Natasha Dowie, 56).
Substitutes not used: 12 Anita Asante, 13 Siobhan Chamberlain, 14 Gemma Bonner, 16 Steph Houghton.
Belarus: 1 Volha Savastsyan, 3 Anastasia Linnik, 4 Yulya Sliasarchyk, 5 Oksana Shpak (c), 6 Liana Mirashnichenka (10 Hanna Pilipenka 46), 7 Tatsiana Kiose, 8 Sviatlana Astashova (19 Yuliya Dzenisenka 85), 11 Alina Vasilyeva, 13 Anastasiya Kharlanava, 17 Katsiaryna Avkhimovich 67' 18 Hanna Dzenisenka
Substitutes not used: 9 Iryna Tretsiakova,14 Elvira Urazaeva, 15 Maryia Buzunova, 16 Yuliya Barysenka, 22 Ina Batsianouskaya.