England C earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Estonia’s U23s at Leyton Orient FC on Wednesday night.
A second-half penalty from Havant & Waterlooville strike Alfie Pavey secured the victory for Paul Fairclough’s side, which is made up from U23 players who feature for clubs outside of the four top divisions in England.
Pavey had earlier come close to breaking the deadlock, as had James Hardy and Robbie Tinkler, following a disallowed first-half goal for the visitors.
But when debutant defender Laurence Maguire, brother of England senior team player Harry Maguire, was fouled in the box, Pavey was on hand to convert the spot kick and seal the win for the non-League Lions.
England C: Ben Killip, Robbie Tinkler, Marvin Ekpiteta, Laurence Maguire, Jerome Binnom-Williams, Ryan Croasdale, Alfie Pavey, Thomas Walker, Wesley Fonguck, James Hardy, Ed Williams
Substitutes: Ryan Huddart for Killip 51, Luke Pennell for Maguire 87, Joe Millish for Binnom-Williams 51, Kurt Willoughby for Pavey 75, Joshua Taylor for Walker 72
Manager: Paul Fairclough
Goals: Alfie Pavey 65 (p)