Thriller at SGP as Women's U19s draw with Norway

Friday 31 Jan 2014
Jess Carter celebrates scoring England's first goal

England Women’s U19s shared a thrilling game with Norway at St. George’s Park on Friday morning, drawing 4-4 in the second of two games this week.

Mo Marley’s side drew 1-1 on Wednesday after a two-day training camp at the national football centre, but this game was certainly a little more free-flowing in the goalscoring stakes.

And England had to show real character too, as they had to battle back from being two goals behind on three occasions.

They first found themselves two goals down at half time thanks to a third-minute strike from Camilla Ose and a follow-up in the 22nd minute from Amalie Vevle Eikeland.

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Leah Williamson in action at SGP.


Half-time substitute Jess Carter then pulled a goal back for England in the 54th minute, only for Norway to restore their two-goal advantage in the 69th minute through Synne Sofie Kinden Jensen.

An own goal from Norway's Karin Muya helped to reduce the arrears in the 71st minute to make it 3-2 but five minutes later Jensen notched her second of the afternoon to make it 4-2 with what the visitors must have thought was a killer goal.

If that was the case, they were mistaken as another replacement, Coral Haines, got an instant goal back in the 77th minute before the pressure was really applied in England's search for an equaliser.

And it arrived in the third minute of added time, as Katie Zelem levelled things up to make it 4-4 at full time and complete a remarkable match.

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The England line-up which started against Norway on Friday.


Marley will also be encouraged by the performance, as her squad included seven players who are still eligible for the U17s, five of which reached the Semi Final in the recent WU17 European Championship.

England Women’s U17s: 1 Kirsty Levell (13 Alex Brooks, 61), 2 Leah Williamson, 3 Hannah George (15 Lauren Haynes, 46), 4 Fran Steele, 5 Ellie Stewart, 6 Gabrielle George, 7 Sophie Stamp (19 Jess Carter, 46), 8 Katie Zelem (C), 9 Karin Muya, 10 Jenna Legg (14 Shauna Cossens, 46), 11 Keira Walsh (20 Coral Haines, 73).

Substitutes not used: 12 Molly Bartrip, 16 Claudia Walker, 17 Jemma Purfield, 18 Sophie Haywood, 21 Ashlee Brown, 22 Caitlin Leach.


By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels