Williams hat-trick downs Belarus

Published: Thursday 8 May 2008, 7.45CET
Belarus 1-6 England
Fara Williams scored a hat-trick to keep Hope Powell's side on course for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™.
Williams hat-trick downs Belarus
Fara Williams scored a hat-trick in England's 6-1 win ©sportsfile

Match statistics

BelarusEngland

Goals scored1
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts1
 
6
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Thursday 8 May 2008, 7.45CET

Williams hat-trick downs Belarus

Belarus 1-6 England
Fara Williams scored a hat-trick to keep Hope Powell's side on course for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™.

Fara Williams scored a hat-trick to inspire England to a 6-1 victory against Belarus and keep Hope Powell's side on course for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™.

Profitable half
England were three goals to the good inside 25 minutes in Minsk thanks to a strike from Jill Scott and two by Williams, before the hosts replied through Natallia Ryzhevich. Lianne Sanderson put the visitors further ahead two minutes before the break but England faced a more resolute Belarus in the second and had to wait until the final four minutes to add to their lead when Williams completed her hat-trick and Faye White headed in number six.

Early goals
The first goal arrived with only 30 seconds on the clock when Scott headed in Rachel Yankey's cross at the near post, and one quickly became two when Williams drove a free-kick into the top corner following a foul on Scott. Having suffered a 6-1 reverse on Saturday against Spain, Belarus dropped deep to try and limit the damage, but the tactic did not have the desired effect as Williams capitalised on the available space to score her second with a shot from 23 metres midway through the half.

Difficult conditions
Ryzhevich gave Belarus some hope on the half hour mark when her deep cross deceived England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, but the respite was only brief as Sanderson's close-range finish restored the three-goal lead going into the break. Heavy rain and hailstones made the going difficult in the second half and England were forced to wait until the closing stages when Williams again illustrated her prowess from distance, and White headed in another assist from Arsenal LFC team-mate Yankey to cap a fine day's work. With Spain beating the Czech Republic 4-1 to take second place, England's lead is now up to three points. However, they have a tough finish with trips to the Czech Republic on 28 September and Spain four days later.

Last updated: 09/05/08 8.21CET

Related information

Lineup

Belarus

Belarus

England

England

1Svitlana Novikava (GK)1Siobhan Chamberlain (GK)
2Nina Akhrymuk2Alex Scott
Substitution46'
4Elena Shevtsova3Casey Stoney
Yellow Card64'
5Oksana Shpak4Jill Scott
Goal1'
6Iryna Kazeeva5Faye White (C)
Goal90'
8Olga Novikova
Yellow Card86'
6Anita Asante
9Svetlana Astashova
Substitution73'
7Karen Carney
Substitution46'
10Natallia Ryzhevich (C)
Goal30'
8Fara Williams
Goal7'
Goal25'
Goal87'
11Alesia Baranava
Substitution81'
9Lianne Sanderson
Goal44'
15Alina Vasilyeva
Yellow Card59'
10Kelly Smith
Substitution72'
17Marina Lis
Substitution71'
11Rachel Yankey

Substitutes

12Inna Botyanovskaya (GK)13Rachel Brown (GK)
3Svetlana Ryzhova12Jody Handley
Substitution46'
7Olga Radko14Sue Smith
13Tatsiana Kiose
Substitution71'
15Mary Phillip
14Sviatlana Znaidzionava
Substitution81'
16Rachel Unitt
16Alena Buzinova17Lindsay Johnson
Substitution46'
18Olga Manzhuk
Substitution73'
18Laura Bassett
Substitution72'

Coach

Uladzimir Kasakouski (BLR) Hope Powell (ENG)

Referee

Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)

Assistant referees

Monica Rigo (ROU), Elena Musetoiu (ROU)

Fourth official

Irina Turovskaya (BLR)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Belarus

    Belarus

    Next match womensworldcup: v Netherlands, 21 August 2010
  • England

    England

    Next match womensworldcup: v Turkey, 29 July 2010
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