Women U19s' winger Mel Lawley marks return from suspension with a goal against Wales
Wales 0-3 England
UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship Finals
2pm BST, Thursday 22 August 2013
Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli
by Glenn Lavery
Melissa Lawley celebrated her return to international action by scoring the opening goal in England's 3-0 win over Wales at the Women's U19 Euros.
The Birmingham winger was forced to sit out the Three Lions' opening-day draw with France through suspension, having picked up two yellow cards in qualifying.
But she made amends in Llanelli, capping an impressive individual performance by rifling home an angled, left-foot drive from the edge of the box to give England the lead just after the hour. Nikita Parris and Beth Mead completed the scoring.
Lawley said: "It's hard to sit in the stand, watching, so I'm glad I got on.
"I'm happy with my own performance and obviously delighted to get a goal, but I only played well because the team played well around me. We always encourage each other when things aren't going to plan and thankfully things worked out today.
"We had to keep the ball better in the second half, which I think we did. We didn't really do it as well as we'd have liked in the first half, but I think we showed in patches how good we can be when things start to click.
"I'm just happy to be able to play a part in that."
England have one final group game, against Denmark on Sunday, and a draw will seal a semi-final spot - their first since they finished runners-up in 2010.
The last four will automatically qualify for the FIFA Women's U20 World Cup in 12 months' time - and Lawley believes that gives her side more reason to stay focussed over the next three days.
She added: "We've got to stay confident, believe in ourselves and hopefully we get the right result on Sunday. We'll rest now, do our recovery properly to make sure we're ready.
"The World Cup gives us a bit of an extra incentive, knowing what's at stake next year if we do reach these semi-finals. It adds a bit of pressure I suppose, but also a lot of excitement."
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)