#WU19EURO: Young Lionesses eliminated

England’s Esme Morgan hooks the ball goalwards with Oihane Hernandez and Rosa Marquez closing in. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

England are unable to reach the UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship semi-finals after a 1-0 defeat to holders Spain and Scotland’s hopes are slim after a 4-0 defeat by a dominant Norway.

GROUP A:

Late brace seals second France win

Naomie Feller soon had France in front against the Netherlands at St Mirren but Jonna van de Velde had the Dutch level in the 7th minute.

Melvine Malard came off the bench to great effect, restoring the lead with 5 minutes to go and making sure of the points with her second in stoppage-time.

Norway stun Scotland with four-goal first-half show

Scotland crashed to a 4-0 defeat against Norway at Firhill Park, as the Norwegians bounced back in style from a 5-0 opening game defeat.

Norway opened the scoring midway through the first half when Emilie Bragstad stabbed the ball home, following up Jenny Olsen’s shot against the post.

Anna Josendal soon struck the goal of the game, picking out the far top corner from outside the box.

The tie was settled with two quick goals before the break, Olsen bundled the ball into the net via a corner and Rikke Nygard got the fourth on the whistle.

Rachel Brown threatened for the hosts with two second-half headers and Abby Callaghan came closest to a consolation but her volley was deflected wide.

GROUP B:

Hopes run out for ten-player England

Spain goalscorer Olga Carmona challenged by Aimee Palmer. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Rehanne Skinner’s side knew they needed to avoid defeat if they were to stand any chance of heading into the last four, but a first-half volley from Olga Carmona proved to be the difference between the teams as Spain progressed.

Just after the hour mark Lauren James saw a close range effort blocked before Naz collected the loose ball and tried to set up Rodgers as Spain desperately cleared their lines.

With Ebony Salmon on as a second-half substitute, the striker added some pace to the attack, but with the clock running down England’s hopes were hit by the sending off for Lauren Hemp, whose yellow card for a foul was followed by another for dissent.

Germany ease through

England had needed Belgium to do them a favour against Germany but they were beaten 5-0 at McDiarmid Park.

Four of Germany’s goals came in a 23-minute spell straddling the interval, with Nicole Anyoni netting twice.

Paulina Krumbiegel and Melissa Kossler got one apiece and Lisa Ebert later competed the scoring,

Final group stage fixtures for Monday 22 July:

GROUP A: Netherlands v Scotland (St.Mirren FC, 6,15pm), France v Norway (Partick Thistle FC, 6.15pm)

GROUP B: England v Belgium (St Johnstone FC, 4pm), Spain v Germany (Stirling Albion FC, 4pm)

Tickets for all remaining WU19 Euro fixtures can be bought HERE with prices from £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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