England advanced to the elite qualifying round of the UEFA Women’s U17 Championship following a 2-0 win over Iceland.
Arsenal’s Melissa Filis broke the deadlock on 65 minutes with her fourth goal in two games, adding to the hat-trick she bagged against Moldova last Thursday.
- UEFA Women's U17 Championship
- First Qualifying Round
- Tuesday 25 September
- in Orhei, Moldova
The Young Lionesses will now join Germany and holders Spain (who were given byes) in the elite qualifying round draw in November, with those matches scheduled for spring 2019.
The seven elite round group winners will join hosts Bulgaria in the finals next May.
England (4-5-1): 13 Emily Orman (Brighton & Hove Albion RTC); 14 Maisy Barker (Chelsea), 6 Maya Le Tissier (capt; Brighton & Hove Albion), 16 Gracie Pearse (Arsenal), 3 Mia Cruickshank (Reading); 7 Katie Robinson (Bristol City), 10 Charlotte Fleming (Chelsea), 8 Ruby Grant (Arsenal), 12 Melissa Filis (Arsenal), 17 Fran Stables (Manchester United RTC); 9 Emma Harries (Reading).
Substitutes: 19 Isobel Goodwin (Derby County RTC) for Harries 54, 11 Keri Matthews (York City RTC) for Robinson 71, 4 Blue Wilson (Manchester City) for Grant 71, 18 Ellen Jones (Bristol City RTC) for Stables 88.
Substitutes not used: 1 Emma Bradley (Manchester City), 2 Ella Morris (Southampton RTC), 5 Ellie Hack (Brighton & Hove Albion), 15 Sophie Quirk (Reading), 20 Rebecca May (Manchester United).
Goals: Filis 65, Stables 87
Head coach: Gemma Grainger
Referee: Catarina Campos (POR)