First-half treble sinks England U-23s in Sweden

Nina Jakobsson after scoring the second goal. (svenskfotboll.se)

England U-23s were beaten 3-0 by their Swedish counterparts on Saturday 9 June at Sävstaås IP in Bollnäs.

All the goals came in the first half, with Filippa Angeldal opening the scoring with a fine strike on 14 minutes.

Nina Jakobsson doubled the lead with a free header from a corner before the half-hour.

Michelle De Jongh got the third goal 3 minutes short of the interval, returning a half-cleared corner with a header from the edge of the box.

The young Lionesses improved after the break but struggled to get a shot on target, while Sophie Baggaley did well to deny the hosts a fourth goal.

Sweden U-23s: Emma Holmgren, Josefin Rybrink, Nathalie Björn [C], Nellie Karlsson, Selina Henriksson, Filippa Angeldal, Ellen Löfqvist, Nina Jakobsson, Julia Zigiotti Olme, Michelle De Jongh, Mimmi Löfwenius

Subs: Emma Pennsäter, Ebba Wieder, Rebecka Blomqvist, Sofia Wännerdahl, Tove Almqvist, Emma Jansson

England U-23s: Sophie Baggaley, Aoife Mannion (C), Gabby George, Millie Turner, Lucy Whipp, Millie Farrow, Jodie Brett, Beth England, Katie Zelem, Jemma Purfield, Jenna Dear

Subs: Kirstie Levell, Deana Cooper, Carla Humphrey, Coral Haines, Natasha Flint, Olivia Fergusson

Attendance: 537