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Final tournament - Group stage - Group A

Malta - England
0-3
 

Malta - England 0-3 - 09/05/2014 - Match page - Under-17 2014

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England too strong for debutants Malta

Published: Friday 9 May 2014, 19.40CET
Malta 0-3 England
Patrick Roberts hit two fine goals and set up another to help England spoil the hosts' final tournament debut and go top of Group A.
by Tom Kell
from Ta' Qali National Stadium

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Match statistics

Malta
England

0

Goals scored

3

5

Total attempts

27

0

on target

7

4

off target

12

1

blocked

8

0

against woodwork

2

1

Corners

8

0

Offsides

1

0

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

7

7

Fouls suffered

9

Lineups

Malta

Malta

England

England

1Azzopardi (GK)1Woodman (GK)
2Buckle2Kenny
3Borg3Taf. Moore
4Ghio
Substitution73
4Ledson (C)
5Guillaumier5Gomez
6Degabriele6Fry
7Friggieri8Onomah
Substitution69
8Grech
Substitution73
9Armstrong
Goal25
9Nwoko10Solanke
Substitution59
10Borg (C)17Sims
11Mbong
Substitution41
18Roberts
Goal15
Goal48
Substitution50

Substitutes

12Sciberras (GK)13Howes (GK)
13Beerman
Substitution41
7Mitchell
Substitution50
14Meli
Substitution73
12Egbo
15Scicluna14Cook
Substitution69
16Spiteri15Taylor Moore
17Corbolan
Substitution73
16Cooke
Substitution59
18Tabone

Coaches

Sergio Soldano (MLT) John Peacock (ENG)

Referee

Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 10/05/2014 01:05 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Friday 9 May 2014, 19.40CET

England too strong for debutants Malta

Malta 0-3 England
Patrick Roberts hit two fine goals and set up another to help England spoil the hosts' final tournament debut and go top of Group A.

England are the early leaders in Group A of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship following a 3-0 win against hosts Malta.

UEFA final tournament debutants, Malta could not match the physical and technical prowess of an England team in their ninth U17 finals alone. John Peacock's side moved straight to the top of Group A, sending out an ominous warning in the process, thanks to two goals from the sensational Patrick Roberts and one from Adam Armstrong.

The Young Lions had a handful of players with Premier League pedigree to call upon – and how it showed. Roberts, of Fulham FC, was the pick, but captain Ryan Ledson, on the bench for Everton FC last weekend, and Armstrong of Newcastle United FC also stood out. England's No9, seven-goal top scorer in qualifying, took no time to make his mark, brushing the outside of a post inside the first minute.

England were immediately through the gears, none more so than Roberts, whose searing pace terrorised Malta throughout. It first paid dividends after a quarter of an hour when he skipped in from the right and unleashed a meticulous low drive which nestled in the bottom corner. Ten minutes later, England's tormentor-in-chief turned provider, pulling the ball back from the byline for Armstrong to slot in.

Malta's travails in possession were magnified by England's confidence on the ball, epitomised by their unflappable fulcrum Ledson. The deep-lying midfielder's influence was more low key than that of Roberts, who made it 3-0 just eight minutes after the break. Once more he cut in from the right, on this occasion icing the cake with an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net from outside the area.

Sergio Soldano's team, hitherto restricted to long-range attempts, had their best chance before the hour, but Kyrian Nwoko missed the target. Substitute Callum Cooke squandered two opportunities and Armstrong rattled the woodwork late on, but England had long since done enough.

Last updated: 28/05/14 16.41CET

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