Young Lionesses edge hosts USA to win NTC Invitational

Friday 16 Sep 2016
Birmingham City's Coral Haines scored the 79th-minute winner

England Women’s Under-20s defeated host nation USA 1-0 to win the NTC Invitational tournament.

A Coral Haines goal was enough for Mo Marley’s side to make it two wins from two following Thursday’s victory over Brazil.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, Liverpool midfielder Katie Zelem drove through the middle and saw her long-range shot deflected wide to Sarah Mayling, the match-winner against the South Americans.

USA 0-1 England

NTC Invitational
Saturday 17 September
Glenn Myernick Field, California

The Aston Villa forward put in a low cross from the right-hand side of the box and Haines tapped it home from close range to give the Young Lionesses another three points and an unassailable lead in this round-robin tournament.

England’s final match is against South Korea, who, like USA and Brazil, have qualified for the FIFA Women's U20s World Cup, on Sunday night.

England: 1 Sophie Baggaley (Birmingham City), 2 Eloise Wilson (Bristol City), 3 Jess Carter (Birmingham City), 4 Jodie Brett (Bristol City – on loan from Chelsea), 5 Molly Bartrip (capt; Reading), 6 Gabrielle George (Everton), 10 Katie Zelem (Liverpool), 11 Rosella Ayane (Everton – on loan from Chelsea), 12 Jenna Dear (Everton), 16 Sarah Mayling (Aston Villa), 19 Natasha Flint (Fylde).

Substitutes: 7 Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles – on loan from Arsenal) for Ayane 66, 17 Coral Haines (Birmingham City) for Flint 66, 15 Elisha N’Dow (Aston Villa) for Wilson 71, 14 Millie Turner (Everton) for Mayling 89.

Substitutes not used: 13 Demi Lambourne (Oxford United), 8 Georgia Allen (East Tennessee State University), 18 Beth Hepple (Durham), 20 Georgia Brougham (Everton).

Goal: Haines 79

Head coach: Mo Marley

Referee: Becky Pagan

By FA Staff