England Women U17s battle back to fine win in Serbia

Friday 25 Mar 2016
England Wome'ns Under-17s

England battled back to win their first game of their Elite Qualifying round in impressive style – beating hosts Serbia 3-1.

Serbia took the lead with five minutes remaining of the first half, but right on the stroke of half-time Alessia Russo found Anna Patten who slotted the ball past their keeper to bring the scores level. 

Serbia 1-3 England

UEFA Women's U17s
European Championship
Elite Round Qualifier
Stara Pazova
Friday 25 March 2016

Substitute Ellie Brazil put England in front just on the hour-mark, with Anna Filbey finding the Birmingham striker, who rounded the goalkeeper and hit a firm shot home.  

England then made the game safe as Filbey punished a weak clearance from the Serbian goalkeeper. 

The Arsenal midfielder calmly brought the ball down 10 yards into the Serbian half, and lofted the ball over the keeper's head to make it 3-1.

England’s next game is against Iceland – who defeated in Belgium 2-1 – this Sunday. 

England: 1 Ellie Roebuck; 2 Flo Allen, 3 Taylor Hinds, 4 Hollie Olding, 6 Lotte Wubben-Moy, 7 Alessia Russo, 10 Georgia Stanway, 11 Niamh Charles, 12 Anna Patten,16 Ella Toone,18 Anna Filbey 

Substitutes: 9 Ellie Brazil for Toone 55, 14 Kelsey Pearson for Charles 78, 5 Grace Smith for Olding 80.

Not used: 8 Laura Hooper, 13 Katie Startup, 15 Lois Joel, 17 Hannah Cain. 

Head coach: John Griffiths.

By FA Staff