England U19s beat Switzerland to set up dramatic finale

Thursday 09 Apr 2015
Leah Williamson is likely to take the deciding spot-kick against Norway

Leah Williamson will have to show nerves of steel twice in six hours if England Women's Under-19s are to qualify for Euro 2015, after she helped steer them to a 3-1 victory in the first part of what promises to be a surreal day.

England 3-1 Switzerland

UEFA Women's U19 Championship
Elite Round Qualifier
Thursday 9 April
Seaview, Belfast

At the same time as the Young Lionesses were beating Switzerland on Thursday afternoon, Norway thrashed Northern Ireland by 8-1 to leave the top two in the group level on points with only one team able to progress to the finals.

But with the final 16 seconds of England's 2-1 defeat to Norway from Saturday to be replayed on Thursday evening, starting with a penalty for Mo Marley's side, things could change very quickly.

The decision to replay those final few seconds was made by UEFA on Thursday morning after an injury time spot-kick from WIlliamson was incorrectly ruled out by the officials on Saturday. 

And following the results of Thursday's earlier games, the Young Lionesses now go into the final few seconds of their clash wit Norway again, knowing their superior goal difference means – barring a catastrophe in the final few seconds – a successful strike guarantees their place in the summer finals in Israel.

England set themselves up for the dramatic finale thanks to Jenna Dear's brace, either side of Williamson's 61st-minute penalty, in what was originally the group decider.

Now though the U19s face a nervous few hours as they await the 9.45pm spot-kick against Norway.

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By Jamie Reid Senior Writer