England Women's U19s slip to defeat in opening qualifier

Saturday 04 Apr 2015
Leah Williamson had a late penalty chalked off

Leah Williamson had an added time penalty disallowed as England Women’s Under-19s slipped to defeat in their opening Euro elite round qualifier.

With 96 minutes on the clock and Norway leading 2-1 in Belfast, Mo Marley’s side were handed a chance to level from the spot.

Williamson converted the kick but referee Marija Kurtes ruled the goal out for encroachment – and awarded an indirect free-kick.

England 1-2 Norway

UEFA Women's U19s Euros
Elite Qualifying Round
Saturday 4 April
Seaview, Belfast

Vilde Fjelldal broke the deadlock just before the hour mark and an unfortunate own goal by Molly Bartrip put the Scandinavians 2-0 up with just four minutes to go.

Substitute Rosella Ayane, on for Carla Humphrey, halved the deficit on 88.

And Arsenal youngster Williamson thought she had earned her side a point at the death, only to be left deflated by Kurtes’s whistle.

England’s second qualifier is against Northern Ireland on Monday (4pm BST kick-off).

England: 1 Caitlin Leach (Aston Villa), 2 Gabrielle George (Everton), 3 Leah Williamson (Arsenal), 4 Jodie Brett (Chelsea), 5 Molly Bartrip (Reading), 6 Ellie Stewart (C; Everton), 7 Natasha Flint (Manchester City), 8 Jenna Dear (Chelsea), 9 Mollie Green (Liverpool), 10 Katie Zelem (Liverpool), 11 Carla Humphrey (Arsenal).

Substitutes: 17 Claudia Walker (Everton) for Green 69, 16 Rosella Ayane (Chelsea) for Humphrey 82

Substitutes not used: 13 Sophie Baggaley (Birmingham City), 12 Eloise Wilson (Reading), 14 Millie Turner (Everton), 15 Georgia Brougham (Manchester City), 18 Sarah Mayling (Aston Villa).

Goals: Ayane 88

Bookings: George 7, Stewart 65, Brett 84

Red card: Stewart 74

Head coach: Mo Marley

Referee: Marija Kurtes (GER)

By FA Staff