Cain strikes leveller for Young Lionesses

England drew with the USA in the first day of games at the Ten Nation La Manga U-19 Tournament, which Scotland missed out on due to weather-related flight cancellations.

Bristol City youngster Lauren Hemp broke the deadlock after just two minutes only for USA to peg the Lionesses back before the break through Alexa Spaanstra.

Hannah Betfort put the US ahead after the restart but Rehanne Skinner’s side battled back to level through Sheffield FC’s Hannah Cain, who came on for Isabella Sibley at half-time.

England’s second match in La Manga is on Sunday against Czech Republic, who went down 3-0 to Switzerland with goals from Seraina Piubel, Sabina Jackson and Alissia Piperata.

England: 13 Katie Startup, 2 Flo Allen (capt), 4 Connie Scofield, 6 Esme Morgan, 7 Isabella Sibley, 8 Rebecca Rayner, 9 Hollie Olding, 11 Jessica Ngunga, 12 Lois Joel, 16 Lauren Hemp, 20 Shania Hayles.

Substitutes: 17 Hannah Cain for Sibley 46, 15 Amy Rodgers for Rayner 60, 18 Georgia Eaton-Collins for Olding 60, 19 Bridget Galloway for Hayles 60, 3 Poppy Pattinson for Joel 71.

Substitutes not used: 1 Emily Ramsey, 4 Olivia Smith.

Scotland had been forced to withdraw from the tournament, as flights from Glasgow were cancelled due to the adverse weather.

Head Coach Pauline Hamill told scottishfa.co.uk: “Despite all our best efforts to find an alternative route and following discussions with the tournament organisers, we have reluctantly made the decision to withdraw.

“The well-being of the players had to be the most important factor and in these extreme circumstances the right thing to do was to get the girls back home safely to their families.”

Of those others who were fortunate enough to make it to La Manga, this is how they have done on day one:

Netherlands defeated Denmark 4-0 with a brace each from Ashleigh Weerden and Fenna Kalma.

France edged Norway 2-1 thanks to first-half effort from Carla Polito and Amélie Delabre, despite a goal back on 51 minutes by Joanna Aalstad Baekkelund.

Agnese Bonfantini and Alice Regazzoli found the net to give Italy a 2-0 lead over Iceland, who replied with a consolation goal.

Serbia took a 32nd-minute lead through Tijana Filipovic but Austria soon levelled through Laura Wienroither for a 1-1 tie.

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