England stand firm to earn goalless draw with Nigeria

Tuesday 04 Oct 2016
Lotte Wubben-Moy did well to marshall player of the match Rasheedat Ajibade

England picked up their second point at the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup after a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Nigeria.

Head coach John Griffiths made three changes from the side which claimed a late, late draw with North Korea in the opening Group C match on Saturday.

Grace Smith, Hannah Cain and Connie Scofield came in for Kelsey Pearson, Anna Filbey and Niamh Charles respectively, but it was one of the goalscorers at the weekend, Georgia Stanway, who had the best chances for the Lionesses.

England 0-0 Nigeria

FIFA Women's U17 World Cup
Group C
2pm BST, Tuesday 4 October 2016
Prince Mohammed International Stadium, Zarqa

The Manchester City midfielder hit a shot over the top on 17 minutes, arguably the clearest opportunity England carved out in the first half.

She then hit a 20-yard free-kick wide just before goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck tipped over Catherine Kennedy’s long punt forward.

Nigeria were the better side after the break but England’s defence stood firm, with captain and centre back Lotte Wubben-Moy leading by example.

There was a heart-in-your-mouth moment for Hollie Olding when she deflected Folashade Ijamilusi's shot towards goal, but thankfully for England the ball crept just past the post.

Nikyu Bala’s side continued to press and although they totalled 32 attempts, only five were on target.

England Women

England's starting XI against Nigeria

And Stanway had a great chance to take all three points in added time, but she could only blaze over from the right-hand side of the box.

England’s final group match is against Brazil on Saturday (2pm BST KO).

England (4-2-3-1): 1 Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City); 12 Anna Patten (Arsenal), 5 Grace Smith (Aston Villa), 6 Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), 3 Taylor Hinds (Arsenal); 4 Hollie Olding (Chelsea), 20 Connie Scofield (Birmingham City); 17 Hannah Cain (Sheffield FC), 10 Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), 7 Alessia Russo (Chelsea); 9 Ellie Brazil (Birmingham City).

Substitutes: 19 Jessie Jones (Yeovil Town) for Olding 61, 11 Niamh Charles (Liverpool) for Brazil 66, 8 Laura Hooper (Arsenal) for Cain 84.

Substitutes not used: 2 Flo Allen (Bristol City), 13 Katie Startup (Chelsea), 14 Kelsey Pearson (Blackburn Rovers) 15 Lois Joel (Chelsea), 16 Ella Toone (Manchester City), 18 Anna Filbey (Arsenal), 21 Georgia Valentine (Reading).

Head coach: John Griffiths

By Glenn Lavery