Mo Marley says she is delighted for her players as they reach the Women's U19 Euro Final
England 4-0 Finland
UEFA European Women's U19 Championship Finals
7pm, Wednesday 28 August 2013
Richmond Park, Carmarthen
by Glenn Lavery
Mo Marley has paid tribute to her England Women’s U19 side after they booked themselves a spot in the European Championship Final.
Two goals from Sunderland striker Beth Mead helped guide the Young Lions to a resounding 4-0 win over Finland in Carmarthen.
A Paige Williams penalty and a fine second-half finish from Jess Sigsworth completed the scoring.
This is the fourth team in seven seasons that Marley has led to a European U19 Final. Their last-four berth also secured them a place at the U20 World Cup in Canada in 2014.
And the Head Coach praised her current charges for their run to this year’s Euro showpiece where they will take on France in a repeat of the 2010 Final. The two sides drew 0-0 in the group stage last week.
Marley said: “Our first objective was to get to Canada. From then on it was about proving a point to ourselves more than anyone else. We wanted to show that we’ve got what it takes to play on a world class stage.
“I can’t take the credit. Maybe the rest of the staff can for helping these players throughout the year. But the players deserve all the credit. They have driven themselves and earned their own objectives.
“They have been very focused and it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with them for the last two weeks. It is really rewarding for a coach when you see what you’ve been doing in training out there on the field.
“They have been outstanding in every aspect.”
She continued: “To be able to play so well on such a big stage is like a dream come true. The players are playing with a smile on their faces. We’re having a great time. Hopefully the journey continues.
“Whatever happens, the girls deserve a medal. Whether that’s a gold medal or a silver one remains to be seen.”
1 Lizzie Durack, 2 Martha Harris, 5 Aoife Mannion, 6 Paige Williams, 8 Sherry McCue, 9 Nikita Parris (11 Hannah Blundell, 72), 10 Jess Sigsworth, 12 Melissa Lawley, 16 Meaghan Sargeant, 17 Beth Mead (7 Natasha Flint, 85), 18 Katie Zelem (14 Abbey-Leigh Stringer, 75).
Substitutes not used
13 Megan Walsh, 3 Felicity Gibbons, 4 Jade Bailey, 15 Ellie Stewart.
1 Vera Varis, 2 Paula Auvinen (15 Tia Hälinen, 46), 3 Tila Peltonen, 4 Katarina Naumanen, 5 Emma Koivisto, 6 Emma Iskanius (C), 8 Erika Winter, 9 Juliette Kemppi, 10 Julia Tunturi (13 Elina Salmi, 82), 11 Adelina Engman, 16 Ria Öling (7 Iina Salmi, 46).
Substitutes not used
12 Krista Moisio, 14 Sini Laaksonen, 17 Vera Saastamoinen, 18 Ella-Rosa Huusko