England MU17s enjoyed a successful first trip of the new campaign, after winning the Syrenka Cup in Poland with a shootout victory over the host nation.
Goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke was the Young Lions’ shootout hero, saving two penalties while Lewis Dobbin, James Norris and Jadan Raymond netted for England to ensure a 3-1 scoreline.
- England win 3-1 on penalties
- The Syrenka Cup Final
- Tuesday 10 September 2019
- Arena Zabki, Poland
The game itself had ended 2-2, although Kevin Betsy’s side will feel as though they could’ve won it in the 90 minutes following a dominant second-half performance.
They were quickly out of the traps too and caught their hosts cold by taking a two-goal lead inside the first ten minutes.
Firstly, Harvey Elliott won a penalty before dusting himself down and dispatching the spot kick. And Jamal Musiala doubled the advantage moments later, following a neat exchange with Louie Barry.
But backed by their home crowd, Poland fought back into the game with two equally quickfire goals before half time.
Having been clawed back, England put in a stronger second-half display and finished the game strongly in the search for a late winner.
But despite good efforts from Jude Bellingham, who skilfully controlled the ball to beat a man and volley at goal only to see his effort saved and Elliott’s jinking run being blocked by the keeper, they just couldn't find a way through when it mattered.
And so the game was decided from the penalty spot and once Poland had seen their first effort bounce back off the post, Dobbin struck his side ahead.
Liam Delap suffered the same fate as the Pole with England’s second as the hosts drew level but when Boyce-Clarke saved their third and Norris notched, the pressure ramped up on Poland.
Boyce-Clarke then made an almost identical save to tee up Raymond for the winning goal.
England: 1 Conniah Boyce-Clarke, 2 Nohan Kenneh, 3 James Norris, 5 CJ Egan-Riley, 6 Levi Colwill, 8 Jude Bellingham (c), 9 Louie Barry, 10 Jamal Musiala, 11 Harvey Elliott, 14 Samuel Iling-Junior, 20 Zane Monlouis.
Substitutes: 18 Aaron Ramsey for Kenneh 69, 19 Liam Delap for Iling-Junior 69, 15 Jadon Raymond for Musiala 80, 7 Lewis Dobbin for Barry 80
Substitutes not used: 13 Adam Richardson, 12 Finley Burns, 17 Tyler Onyango, 21 Rico Richards, 16 Jarell Quansah, 22 Imari Samuels
Goals: Harvey Elliott (p), Jamal Musiala