Williams and White seal win

Published: Thursday 6 March 2008, 14.00CET
Northern Ireland 0-2 England
England kept up their perfect record in Group 1 with goals from Fara Williams and Faye White.
Williams and White seal win
Fara Williams celebrates opening the scoring ©sportsfile
Published: Thursday 6 March 2008, 14.00CET

Williams and White seal win

Northern Ireland 0-2 England
England kept up their perfect record in Group 1 with goals from Fara Williams and Faye White.
England kept up their perfect record in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 1 as goals from Fara Williams and Faye White gave them victory in Northern Ireland.

Five-point gap
Hope Powell's side began their campaign with a 4-0 home win against Northern Ireland, and this result takes their points tally to 12 in four games, though the home team did not make it easy for them on a windy night in Lurgan. And key England player Kelly Smith, who missed an early penalty, later received a booking that leaves her suspended for the 20 March visit of the unbeaten Czech Republic, who like Spain are five points adrift of the leaders.

Deadlock broken
Smith nearly opened the scoring in the sixth minute but her shot hit the post after she was set up by Anita Asante. And not long afterwards Smith was tripped in the box by Una Harkin but her spot-kick and subsequent effort on the rebound were both saved by Northern Ireland goalkeeper Emma Higgins. Instead it fell to Williams to break the deadlock, tapping in from close range after Smith's strike was blocked.

Victory sealed
Higgins again denied Smith early in the second half and the home defence continued to have their hands full. The second goal arrived six minutes from the end when England captain White shot into the roof of the net after the hosts, for once, were unable to clear. The preliminary round qualifiers remain without a point and return to action on 26 April in the Czech Republic.

Last updated: 08/04/08 16.06CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

England

England

1Emma Higgins (GK)1Siobhan Chamberlain (GK)
2Aine Mcgovern2Alex Scott
Substitution71'
3Kelly Bailie (C)3Casey Stoney
4Ashley Hutton4Anita Asante
5Julie Nelson5Faye White (C)
Goal84'
6Una Harkin6Mary Phillip
7Helen McKenna7Karen Carney
8Kimberley Turner8Jill Scott
9Sarah McFadden
Substitution83'
9Kelly Smith
Yellow Card78'
10Sara Booth
Substitution66'
10Fara Williams
Goal19'
11Demi Vance11Rachel Yankey

Substitutes

12Angela Platt (GK)13Carly Telford (GK)
13Rebecca Corish
Substitution66'
12Lindsay Johnson
Substitution71'
14Laura Giltesple14Lianne Sanderson
15Nadene Caldwell15Rachel Unitt
16Amy McCann
Substitution83'
16Jody Handley
17Clare Carson17Laura Bassett
18Lynsey Patterson18Emily Westwood

Coach

Alfie Wylie (NIR) Hope Powell (ENG)

Referee

Silvia Tea Spinelli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristina Cini (ITA), Romina Santuari (ITA)

Fourth official

Claire Noble (NIR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Estonia, 24 July 2010
  • England

    England

    Next match womensworldcup: v Turkey, 29 July 2010
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