Women's U19s narrowly lose to Euro champions France

Monday 10 Mar 2014
Leah Williamson scored against France

England Women’s U19s slipped to a 3-2 defeat to reigning European Champions France in the La Manga Tournament.

Natasha Flint put Mo Marley’s side ahead in the 10th minute but France took a 2-1 lead into the break.

Arsenal defender Leah Williamson, who captained the U17s at last year’s Euros, restored parity six minutes after the restart but the French grabbed a late winner.


England 2-3 France

La Manga Women's U19 Tournament
Monday 10 March
La Manga, Spain



The Young Lions have one final game in this annual tournament, against Italy on Wednesday, before they take on Finland, Serbia and Denmark in the Euro qualifiers in April.

England were runners-up to France in last year's Euro finals.

England: 1 Sophie Baggaley, 2 Aoife Mannion, 3 Rosella Ayane, 4 Jade Bailey (C), 6 Ellie Stewart, 10 Katie Zelem, 11 Natasha Flint, 15 Leah Williamson, 16 Sarah Mayling, 18 Jodie Brett, 19. Jess Carter

Substitutes: 17 Coral Haines for Mayling, 67, 20 Karin Muya for Carter, 67, 14 Millie Turner for Brett, 73

Substitutes not used: 5 Vyan Sampson, 7 Jenna Legg, 8 Abbey-Leigh Stringer, 9 Lucy Whipp, 12 Sophie Stamp, 13 Caitlin Leach

By Glenn Lavery