England Women U19 boss Mo Marley praises her side after 3-0 Euro win over Wales
Wales 0-3 England
UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship Finals
2pm BST, Thursday 22 August 2013
Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli
Mo Marley said she was pleased with England's second-half display against Wales, as three goals after the break secured an important group win at the Women's U19 Euros.
Despite a bright start, the Young Lions couldn't find a breakthrough against a stubborn Welsh outfit who gradually grew into the game and the teams went in goalless at the break.
But Melissa Lawley ended the hosts' resilience with a well-executed left-foot finish on 63 minutes.
Nikita Parris, who had earlier missed a penalty, made it 2-0 with a fabulous strike from 30 yards and Beth Mead rounded off the win from close range with a couple of minutes remaining.
Marley said: "We started quite well but then I thought we were impatient and we started rushing it a little bit. And that's credit to Wales, they were organised and they made it really difficult for us.
"The longer it went on and we didn't get any joy the players became frustrated. That's the difference at this level; you've got to have that little bit of cutting edge, that little bit of quality. We couldn't find it in the first half.
"I told them to relax at half time and that the opportunities would come if they were patient.
"The opening goal probably came a little bit against the run of play to be honest. But after that we relaxed and settled a bit more.
She continued: "We've got great attacking players and good finishers, but they need the supply. We've been working on improving our quality on the ball and being brave on the ball. I think that only came to fruition after we scored. Then we started to play some nice stuff.
England's performance, certainly in the second half, was in stark contrast to their opening group game against France on Monday when they saw very little of the ball and had to dig deep to earn what could prove to be valuable 0-0 draw.
Marley concurred: "We were disappointed with our ball retention against France. This year group have played to a high standard over the last 12 months and they know the possession percentage in the last game was poor. I think the players were focusing on stopping France a bit too much, rather than securing the ball and instigating attacks.
"But that's the experience they get from playing against top teams. You'll have to cope with pressure in games. It's about trusting yourself in tight areas. That's what we've tried to breed in the last 12 months and we saw flashes of that against Wales so I know the players are learning, which at this age is the most important thing."
The Young Lions currently top Group A, ahead of France on goal difference, and a point against Denmark on Sunday will seal a semi-final spot - and a place at next year's U20 World Cup.
The Head Coach concluded: "We're happy. You can only do what's in front of you. We've done our job so far. Now it's about preparing for Denmark and making sure we're fresh."
1 Alice Evans, 2 Alys Hinchcliffe, 3 Lauren Hancock, 4 Lauren Price (C), 5 Rhian Cleverly, 6 Angharad James, 7 Amy Thrupp, 8 Rachel Hignett, 9 Hannah Keryakoplis (18 Emma Jones, 77), 11 Ellie Curson (15 Emile Revitt, 83), 14 Amy Wathan (17 Samantha Quayle, 68).
Substitutes not used 12 Delyth Morgan, 13 Lia Lewis, 16 Kelly Bourne, 19 Chloe Lloyd.
Coach Jarmo Matikainen
1 Lizzie Durack, 2 Martha Harris, 4 Jade Bailey (18 Katie Zelem, 55), 5 Aoife Mannion, 6 Paige Williams, 8 Sherry McCue (C), 9 Nikita Parris, 10 Jess Sigsworth, 12 Melissa Lawley (11 Hannah Blundell, 82), 16 Meaghan Sargeant, 17 Beth Mead.
Substitutes not used 13 Megan Walsh, 3 Felicity Gibbons, 7 Natasha Flint, 14 Abbey-Leigh Stringer, 15 Ellie Stewart.
Coach Mo Marley
Referee Ilonka Djaleva (BUL)