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Scotland fell to a defeat at the hands of Norway in matchday two of the WU19 Euros.
An emphatic first half performance by Norway put the game beyond reach for Scotland, but the hosts can be encouraged by a much improved second half performance.
Norway started the stronger of the two sides and could have scored the opener within five minutes. Forward Jenny Olsen glided past Jenna Clark in the box but there was no one to turn in her ball which flashed across the face of goal.
They continued to look dangerous and tested the Scotland rear guard on numerous occasions. A cross from the right was met well by Emilie Bragstad eight yards out but her effort narrowly cleared the bar.
Norway would open the scoring midway through the first half through Bragstad. The impressive Olsen went past two Scotland defenders before her low shot hit the post and rebounded perfectly to the feet of the striker who finished into an empty net.
The second goal was soon to follow. Josendal picked up the ball on Norway's left before driving forward and hitting a powerful shot over the head of Allison in the Scotland goal. An effort hit into the postage stamp that the Scotland ‘keeper could have done little about.
Pauline Hamill's side fought back well and had chances of their own. Amy Muir swung a free kick into a crowded Norwegian six yard area from the left which fell to the feet of McGovern who was crowded out before she could get a shot away. McGovern had a shot from a corner soon after and was unlucky to see her cushioned volley cleared by the Norwegian defence.
However, it was Norway who got the all important third goal from a corner. The Norwegian team crowded Scotland ‘keeper Allison and the ball fell to Jenny Olsen who bundled the ball into the net.
They added a fourth before the half time whistle through Nygard who slotted a low shot into the bottom right from 12 yards after Norway had rattled the bar. Scotland were unlucky to concede two late goals after showing promising signs towards the end of the first half.
Scotland started well in the second half as they tried to find a way back into the match. The hosts looked more comfortable on the ball but struggled to break down a strong Norwegian back five. Captain Amy Muir worked tirelessly in centre midfield and Napier began to have more of an influence on proceedings.
Rachel Brown came close to scoring midway through the second period, meeting a free kick at the back post after peeling away from her marker but her header was well held by Norway ‘keeper Sneve. Scotland came close again through Brown through another set piece soon after but her goal bound header was well cleared.
Norway continued to show their quality and could have added a fifth. Substitute Elin Sorum twice went close with efforts from distance that flashed narrowly over the bar.
Abby Callaghan came close to scoring a consolation goal with a volley from 15 yards, but her shot was deflected wide.
Scotland: Sophie Allison, Amy Muir, Charlotte Newsham, Jenny Clark, Rachel Brown (sub Rebecca McGowan 87mins), Kirstie McIntosh, Michaela McAlonie, Kathleen McGovern (sub Abby Callaghan 74mins), Jamie-Lee Napier, Emma Craig (sub Laura McCartney 45mins), Lauren Davidson (sub Rachel Connor 81mins).
Norway: Karen Oline Sneve, Malin Sunde, Joanna Baekklund (sub My Sorsdahl Haugland 58mins), Anna Josendal (sub Elisabeth Terland 82mins), Julie Blakstad, Rikke Bogetveit Nygard (sub Elin Ahgren Sorum 57mins), Olaug Tvedten (sub Ragne Hagen Svastuen 74mins), Jenny Olsen (sub Runa Lillegard 58mins), Marthine Ostenstad, Emilie Bragstad, Celin Ildhusoy.
England's hopes of reaching the Under-19 EURO semi finals came to an end on Friday afternoon as they lost 1-0 to Spain in Stirling.
Rehanne Skinner's side knew they needed to avoid defeat if they were to stand any chance of heading into the last four, with their final group game against Belgium still to come on Monday. But it wasn't to be, as a first half strike from Olga Carmona proved to be the difference between the teams.
The goal came in the 22nd minute, when Eva Navarro's run and cross from the right picked out Carmona at the far post and she guided a low volley past Hannah Hampton.
England had a half chance to draw level before the break, when Jessica Naz skipped past two defenders on the left before pulling the ball back to the edge of the box for Amy Rodgers whose shot was cleared.
Into the second half, England continued to press for a way back into the game and 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.
There was always danger at the other end though, with Carmona on the left proving an effective outlet for Spain, who were happy to try and catch England on the break.
With Ebony Salmon on as a second half substitute, the newly signed Bristol City striker added some pace to the attack, but with the clock running down England's hopes were hit by a sending off for Lauren Hemp. The Manchester City winger picked up a caution for a foul on Andujar, but then let frustration get the better of her and was shown a swift second yellow card for dissent to leave her side down to ten players for the last five minutes.
England will now take on Belgium in Perth on Monday, with a chance of qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup still up for grabs.
England: Hannah Hampton, Olivia Smith (sub Niamh Cashin 85mins), Aimee Palmer, Esme Morgan, Georgia Eaton-Collins, Lucy Fitzgerald (sub Ebony Salmon 56mins), Amy Rodgers (sub Molly Pike 85mins), Jessica Naz, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James (sub Ella Rutherford 64mins), Asmita Ale.
Spain: Catalina Coll, Oihane Hernandez, Berta Pujadas, Leia Aleixandri, Anna Torroda, Olga Carmona, Claudia Pina (sub Laia Codina 90mins), Candela Andujar, Silvia Rubio (sub Nerea Eizaguirre 60mins), Rosa Marquez (sub Teresa Abelleira 89mins), Eva Navarro (sub Athenea del Castillo 89mins).
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Lucy Fitzgerald takes on Anna Torroda
(middle) Olga Carmona and Aimee Palmer battle for the ball
(bottom) Esme Morgan hooks the ball goalwards with Oihane Hernandez and Rosa Marquez closing in
The draws for the first two rounds of the SSE Women's FA Cup have been announced by the Football Association:
EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
(Sunday 18th August 2019)
Washington v Redcar Town
Wakefield Trinity v Farsley Celtic
Mossley Hill v Burnley Belvedere
Notts County v Cleethorpes Town
Port Vale v Lye Town
Corby Town v Bungay Town
New London Lionesses v Comets
Bishop's Stortford v Hartham United
Ashford Town (Middx) v Denham United
Burgess Hill Town v Eastbourne United
(Sunday 1st September 2019)
Penrith AFC v Bishop Auckland
Boro Rangers v South Shields
Carlisle United v Hartlepool United
Washington or Redcar Town v Lumley
Blyth Town v Workington Reds
Alnwick Town v Sunderland West End
Wetherby Athletic v Harrogate Town
Ossett United v Rotherham United
Ripon City v Yorkshire Amateur
Bridlington Rovers v Bradford Park Avenue
Hepworth United v Pride Park
Wakefield Trinity or Farsley Celtic v Thackley
Oughtbridge WM v Sheffield Wednesday
Blackburn Community v West Kirby
Northwich Vixens v Bury
Curzon Ashton v Mossley Hill or Burnley Belvedere
Thameside United v Fleetwood Town Wrens
Manchester Stingers v Merseyrail
FC United of Manchester v Tranmere Rovers
Accrington Girls & Ladies v Altrincham
Didsbury v West Didsbury & Chorlton
Accrington Stanley Community v Morecambe
Wythenshawe Amateurs v Crewe Alexandra
Boston United v Loughborough Students
AFC Leicester v Grimsby Borough
Rise Park v Notts County or Cleethorpes Town
Coalville Town v Hykeham Town
Worksop Town v Mansfield Town
Dronfield Town v Leicester City
Lutterworth Athletic v Chesterfield
Sherwood v Arnold Eagles
Oadby & Wigston v Lincoln Moorlands Railway
Arnold Town v Woodlands
Kidderminster Harriers v Leek Town
Port Vale or Lye Town v Knowle
Solihull Sporting v Rugby Town
Crusaders v Sandwell
Tamworth v Shrewsbury Town
Kingfisher v Cookley Sports
Kidsgrove Athletic v Solihull Ladies United
Coundon Court v Sutton Coldfield Town
Wyrley v Shifnal Town
Stockingford AA Pavilion v Stourbridge
Coventry Sphinx v AFC Telford United
Wroxham v Kettering Town
Haverhill Rovers v King's Lynn Town
St Ives Town v Histon
AFC Sudbury v Harlow Town
Riverside v Corby Town or Bungay Town
Peterborough United v Thrapston Town
Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds v Wymondham Town
Netherton United v Newmarket Town
Clapton Community v Margate
Aylesford v Dulwich Hamlet
Fulham v New London Lionesses or Comets
Dartford v Hackney
Whyteleafe v Millwall Lionesses
Victoire v Herne Bay
Meridian v Regents Park Rangers
Sutton United v Islington Borough
Phoenix Sports v Haringey Borough
Long Lane v Ashford
Watford Ladies Development v Hemel Hempstead Town
Hitchin Belles v Bowers & Pitsea
Royston Town v Wodson Park
Bedford v Colney Heath
Houghton Athletic v AFC Dunstable
Bishop's Stortford or Hartham United v St Albans City
Luton Town v Leigh Ramblers
Abbey Rangers v Hampton & Richmond Borough
Queen's Park Rangers Development v Wargrave
Banbury United v Walton Casuals
Abingdon United v Brentford
Ascot United v Abingdon Town
Ashford Town (Middx) or Denham United v Oxford City
Wantage Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Steyning Town v Newhaven
Oakwood v AFC Littlehampton
Pagham v Worthing
Godalming Town v Eastbourne Town
Milford & Witley v Tunbridge Wells Foresters
Burgess Hill Town or Eastbourne United v Saltdean United
Mole Valley v Bexhill United
New Milton Town v Newbury
Shanklin v Alton
Bournemouth Sports v Winchester City Flyers
Eastleigh v Moneyfields
AFC Bournemouth v Feniton
Almondsbury v Longlevens
Weston Super Mare v Middlezoy Rovers
AEK Boco v Ilminster Town
Sherborne Town v Keynsham Town Development
Royal Wootton Bassett Town v Chipping Sodbury Town
Swindon Spitfires v Portishead Town
Bideford v St Agnes
Marine Academy Plymouth v AFC St Austell
Torquay United v RNAS Culdrose
Swindon Town Ladies have today announced that they are changing their name, as they embrace the upsurge of interest in women's football.
Wiltshire's highest-ranked football club, which has operated under that name since its founding in 1993, is proud to announce that it will move forward as Swindon Town Women.
The committee and staff of Swindon Town Women felt that the time was right to adopt a more modern, inclusive name, as the club seeks to build on its status as Swindon's top women's football team.
They make the step following another strong showing from the England Women's side in this year's World Cup, with the Lionesses performance's inspiring a generation of girls to take up the game, and encouraging new fans to the women's game.
Swindon Town Women's first team manager, Dan Jones, said: "This name change represents a huge step for the club as we look to move towards the modern terminology around women's football.
Many clubs are taking this step, and Swindon Town are joining this group as we look to push the women's game forward, into a brighter, more positive and more inclusive future.
"I'm proud to be part of this new chapter in the club's history."
The club's first match under its new moniker will come this weekend, as they take on Abingdon United WFC at New College, Swindon.
Club captain Polly New said: "Changing the club's name from Swindon Town Ladies to Women is a massive step forward for us. As the top division clubs and leagues are all branded as ‘Women's', it puts us on the same page.
Highlighting the example of the recent FIFA Women's World Cup, in which support and viewership of the England national team reached unprecedented levels, New said the environment was ripe for new engagement with the sport.
She said: "Women's football has definitely witnessed a turning point in these last few months, with everyone, young to old, getting behind the sport - this means those of us involved in the female sport are finally seeing it get the recognition it deserves.
"For me the new ‘W' in our name doesn't only stand for ‘Women' - it stands for working together, within a team, winning together, but most of all standing together as a whole squad, to bring everyone in as one."
Club chairman, Martin Wheeler, said the move was a big step for the club he has been involved in for more than quarter of a century, and which has been central to the growth of women's football in Swindon.
He said: "With the growth of interest in the sport, and the increased involvement of the Football Association, the game has modernised its image and re-branded itself as women's football.
"Therefore it is appropriate that as a club we move with the times and take on the name of Swindon Town Women."
The Welsh Premier Women's League fixtures are out, with the opening games seeing last season's champions Cardiff Met Women host runners-up Swansea City.
Elsewhere, newly promoted Aberystwyth Town welcome Rhyl, Llandudno travel to Briton Ferry Llanaswel, Cardiff City Women visit Abergavenny and Port Talbot Town face Cyncoed.
The Welsh Premier Women's League kicks off on 8th September, as the season starts with the first round of the revamped WPWL League Cup seven days earlier. The official launch of the league will be on 3rd September at the Wales v Northern Ireland game at Rodney Parade.
The WPWL is scheduled to finish on 12th April 2020, with the potential for a big game between Cardiff Met and Cardiff Women on the final day. Other notable games throughout the season include Rhyl v Llandudno who will see out 2019 with their first derby on 15th December, Abergavenny ran Port Talbot close for fourth place in last year's campaign and the two will face each other on 27th October and 1st March and at the same time Briton Ferry Llansawel will be taking on Cyncoed, who were also closely matched last season.
The FAW Women's Cup Final is on Sunday 19th April and will be the last game of the season for the WPWL clubs, with all invited to the game to celebrate women's club football in Wales.
Opening fixtures to be played Sunday 8th September, 2pm:
Abergavenny Women v Cardiff City Women
Aberystwyth Town v Rhyl Ladies
Briton Ferry Llansawel v Llandudno Ladies
Cardiff Met Women v Swansea City
Port Talbot Town v Cyncoed Ladies
The Welsh Premier Women's League Cup will be changing for the 2019-20 season after clubs voted for an amended format at the recent AGM, giving teams more games and increased opportunity to progress to the final stages of the competition.
The ten WPWL clubs will be randomly drawn into two mini leagues of five, with a round-robin games programme between September and December, each club playing twice at home and twice away. The top two will progress into the semi finals, before the final on 29th March 2020.
Previously the League Cup had been based on four rounds of straight knockout games, however with ten teams competing round one consisted of just two matches, with the remaining six teams joining in round two; the introduction of a group stage provides all clubs a minimum of four games and those reaching the final will have six. Additional matches offer clubs more player development opportunities, while the increased number of fixtures added to the calendar provides a consistent and regular programme of games throughout the season.
England suffered a 2-1 defeat against Germany in their opening game of the UEFA European U19 Championships on Tuesday night.
Two first half goals at St. Johnstone's McDiarmid Park put the Germans in control at the break, an advantage which they never let slip despite some late pressure from the Young Lionesses.
Germany showed a real ruthless streak to take the lead after 12 minutes when Paulina Krumbeigel drove at the England defence before passing out to Gina Chmielinski on the right. Her cross was perfect for Melissa Kossler to glance a header home from close range.
The Young Lionesses could and should've been level, as Jessica Naz broke into the box just after the half hour mark and picked out Ebony Salmon in the centre, who fired over the bar.
Within 30 seconds, Germany had their second when a long ball over the top from defender Lisa Ebert was latched onto by Krumbiegel who took the ball in her stride before clipping a shot past Hannah Hampton.
After the break, Lauren James tried her luck with a thumping left footer which forced Wiebe Willebrandt into a save before Germany's Nicole Anyomi poked a shot narrowly wide after a darting run into the box at the other end.
England kept searching for a way back and they were denied by Willebrandt again when she denied Lauren Hemp with a smart save.
James then came even closer in the 89th minute when her free kick from the edge of the box beat the wall and Willebrandt only to come crashing back off the bar.
In the second minute of added time, England found a lifeline when Hemp's excellent run and cross from the left was laid into the path of Naz, who finished well into the bottom corner.
However there was not enough time for a leveller and England were unable to avoid their eighth successive defeat to Germany at this level. They must pick themselves up on Friday for their second group match, against current holders Spain.
England: Hannah Hampton, Grace Neville (sub Asmita Ale 56mins), Olivia Smith, Aimee Palmer (sub Ella Rutherford 75mins), Esme Morgan, Georgia Eaton-Collins, Jessica Naz, Emily Syme, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Ebony Salmon.
Germany: Wiebke Willebrandt, Lisann Kaut, Sophia Kleinherne, Melissa Kossler (sub Shekeira Martinez 74mins), Leonie Koster, Nicole Anyomi, Marie Muller, Gina-Maria Chmielinski (sub Alicia-Sophie Gudorf 87mins), Laura Donhauser, Paulina Krumbiegel, Lisa Ebert.
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Sophia Kleinherne slides in to tackle Ebony Salmon
(middle) Jessica Naz is surrounded by Paulina Krumbiegel and Lisa Ebert
(bottom) Aimee Palmer and Esme Morgan combine to keep out Melissa Kossler
Scotland suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of France in their opening game of the WU19 Euros.
France needed an injury time winner to secure all three points after Emma Craig had equalised late on for Scotland, who put in a fighting performance throughout.
Scotland started the match well, with forwards Napier and McGovern pressing the French back line relentlessly.
It was the pair of Napier and McGovern who combined to create Scotland's first chance, winning an early corner. The ball fell to Amy Muir from the resulting corner. But the Scotland captain dragged her shot wide from a promising position.
France almost took the lead soon after from a corner themselves; a ball to the back post was met by French centre back Lisa Martinez whose powerful header went narrowly past the post.
France's pressure continued with both Dufour and Malard going close. The latter found herself free in the box after turning well but her effort was stopped by a superb challenge from Jenna Clark.
Malard went close again five minutes later. Baltimore drove past two Scotland players to play in France's number 9, who took an excellent first touch, but saw her shot saved by Allison in the Scotland goal.
Scotland's defence remained resilient and the pace of Napier on the break was a constant threat to the French rear guard.
The hosts had chances of their own towards the end of the first half. Jenna Clark rose well to meet a lofted free kick in the France penalty box, but France's ‘keeper Lerond was on hand to gather.
Scotland started the second half brightly as Lauren Davidson tested Lerond in the France goal. Her strike from 25 yards looked destined for the bottom corner but was well held by the French ‘keeper.
As Scotland pushed forward, spaces in the Scotland midfield started to show early in the second.
French midfielder Dufour almost took advantage, curling a shot just wide after finding herself free at the edge of the area.
France opened the scoring soon after, fifteen minutes into the second half. Sandy Baltimore, who had been impressive throughout, hit a cross-cum-shot from the left wing which looped perfectly over the head of Allison and into the Scotland net.
Scotland fought back well after going behind but couldn't capitalise on set pieces. Davidson had another shot from distance that looked goalbound, but it was well blocked.
Jamie-Lee Napier was Scotland's main outlet all evening and her tireless running carried Scotland up the pitch on numerous occasions. France remained dangerous on the counter attack as Scotland pushed for an equaliser, which would eventually come through substitute Emma Craig.
Craig had her original effort blocked but was first to react to the resulting second ball. She struck a left footed shot past Lerond which nestled in the bottom corner. Just rewards for Scotland who were the better side for much of the second half.
Lauren Davidson could have won it late on but sent her effort just wide after going through one-on-one.
It was France who got the late goal in injury time. Naomie Feller found space inside the box and fired her shot past Allison to seal the victory for France.
Scotland: Sophie Allison, Amy Muir, Charlotte Newsham (sub Rebecca McGowan 85mins), Jenna Clark, Rachel Brown, Kirstie McIntosh, Michaela McAlonie, Kathleen McGovern (sub Rachel Connor 80mins), Jamie-Lee Napier, Laura McCartney (sub Emma Craig 70mins), Lauren Davidson.
France: Justine Lerond, Lisa Martinez, Maelle Lakrar, Carla Polito, Kessya Bussy, Melvine Malard, Margaux Le Mouël (sub Thelma Eninger 57mins), Sandy Baltimore (sub Lorena Azzaro 77mins), Manon Revelli, Chloe Philippe (sub Selma Bacha 70mins), Julie Dufour (sub Vicki Becho 57mins).
Plymouth Marjon University has been named as a Women's High Performance Football Centre.
The University becomes the ninth centre and will provide a high quality educational and community-based setting to recruit, develop and deploy coaches for the women's and girls' game in the south west.
These coaches will also be supported to lead and inspire player development, specifically in the women's and girls' game across the region and will work alongside other FA staff and the surrounding County FA's (Devon, Cornwall & Dorset).
Audrey Cooper, Head of Women's Coach Development said: "It's fantastic to have Plymouth Marjon University join our growing network of Women's High Performance Football Centres. They are perfectly situated and set up to drive the development of aspiring coaches in the south west, all of whom will play a crucial role in providing excellent football experiences for women and girls in the region."
The Women's High Performance Football Centre initiative was launched in 2017 in partnership with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), with eight original centres announced at universities across the country.
Their role is to support and drive the FA's ambition to increase the number and quality of coaches, both of which are central to the growth of the women's game.
Plymouth Marjon will take on this responsibility within their region, while at the same time providing talented players with an environment to drive their academic and football ambitions. They will offer a variety of services such as coaching, sports science and sports medicine alongside scholarship opportunities.
The centre will also have a focus on creating the next generation of the game's behind-the-scenes workforce, including volunteers, administrators and development staff.
The eight other Women's High Performance Football Centres in the country are at University of Birmingham, University of Chichester, University of Gloucestershire, Manchester Metropolitan University & University of Manchester, Northumbria University, University of Nottingham & Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam University and St Mary's University.
United States 2 (Rapinoe pen 60, Lavelle 69)
The United States became the second country to retain the World Cup, after Germany in 2007, as two goals in a nine minute second half spell gave them victory against a Netherlands side which gave everything but came up just short.
The key moment of the game came on the hour when a VAR-awarded penalty gave Megan Rapinoe the opportunity to open the scoring, and Rose Lavelle added a second with a solo effort shortly afterwards to end any Dutch hopes.
USA tried to make yet another flying start as they piled on early pressure, but this time the Netherlands were to stand firm and deny them another early goal.
Meanwhile, the Dutch had made a slight alteration to their formation with Vivianne Miedema playing in a slightly deeper role, with Lineth Beerensteyn moving into the centre. The searing pace of Beerensteyn was evident as she chased down a through ball from Vivianne Miedema but it was just fractionally overhit and Alyssa Naeher was quick off her line to clear.
The USA hit back with the first serious attempt on goal, Julie Ertz firing an effort from a corner which was parried by Sari van Veenendaal and Miedema was well placed to clear.
They were to come closer as half time was approaching, first a cross by Megan Rapinoe picked out Samantha Mewis whose glancing header was blocked by van Veenendaal, the ball was returned to Rapinoe out on the left where her low cross was touched goalwards by Alex Morgan but van Veenendaal was able to get a boot on to it and the ball bounced back to her off the post.
Van Veenendaal was keeping up her fine form of the tournament, turning a 20-yard Morgan shot around the post, but the Dutch rode out the storm and had a great spell as half time approached. First, Miedema made a strong run into the area where her cross was cleared by Becky Sauerbrunn and Spitse's shot was deflected over. The resulting corner resulted in a scramble in the area but the Netherlands were unable to fashion a clear cut chance and the half time whistle sounded with the scoreline goalless.
On the hour mark though, the USA were handed a great chance to take the lead when Stefanie van de Gragt was adjudged to have caught Morgan with a high boot in the area. Played was initially waved on but VAR inevitably intervened to rule it as a foul and Rapinoe coolly slotted home from the spot.
The Netherlands tried to hit back with Miedema making a jinking run into the area before being crowded out by several defenders, but USA tails were in the air and suddenly they were two ahead. Lavelle picked the ball up and drove at the Dutch defence, who backed off for once, and she shifted the ball to her left and found the corner of the net.
Spitse made a superb challenge to deny Heath a third and van de Gragt, who had a magnificent tournament, also made fine late challenges to deny both Morgan and Heath as they broke through on goal with a tired Dutch side committed to attack.
United States: Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O'Hara (sub Ali Krieger 45mins), Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Abby Dahlkemper, Samantha Mewis, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe (sub Christen Press 81mins), Tobin Heath (sub Carli Lloyd 86mins).
Netherlands: Sari van Veenendaal, Desiree van Lunteren, Dominique Bloodworth, Jackie Groenen, Stefanie van de Gragt, Anouk Dekker (sub Shanice van de Sanden 73mins), Lineth Beerensteyn, Sherida Spitse, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk, Lieke Martens (sub Jill Roord 70mins).
Sweden 2 (Asllani 10, Jakobsson 21)>
England 1 (Kirby 31)
Sweden 2 (Asllani 10, Jakobsson 21)
England had to settle for fourth place in the World Cup after a bad opening half hour proved to be costly as they went down to defeat at the hands of Sweden in Nice.
England found themselves two behind in the opening quarter of the game although, were it not for a VAR controversy, would have been back on level terms at half time. In contrast, the Swedes defended superbly after the break to secure themselves a third place finish for the third time in the tournament's history.
It had been largely a sloppy start at the back from England, Carly Telford almost getting caught in possession in front of goal by Stina Blackstenius early on, and they were made to pay in the tenth minute, when Alex Greenwood miscued a clearance from a Fridolina Rolfo cross and Kosovare Asllani pounced on the loose ball, Telford getting a hand to her shot but it went in off the post.
England were in all sorts of trouble against the ball over the top of the defence and Sofia Jakobsson was inches away from making it two, outpacing the defence before her shot came back off the post, struck Telford's knee and went just wide.
The second goal was not too long in coming though and it came after Rolfo broke in space down the left and played the ball inside for Sofia Jakobsson who curled a delightful shot past a helpless Telford to double the lead.
England hit back with their first meaningful effort, a strike from outside the area by Lucy Bronze which was saved by Hedvig Lindahl, but they found a way back into the game on the half hour. A good ball picked out Fran Kirby on the right and she cut inside Magdalena Eriksson before planting a shot in off the far post.
Two minutes later, White received a ball into the middle from Beth Mead and turned past Linda Sembrant before drilling a shot pass Lindahl for what seemed to be the equaliser, but VAR was to intervene and rule that the striker had controlled with her arm in the midst of turning.
White then broke through for a shot which was blocked by Lindahl, bringing an end to a very eventful first half but with Sweden still ahead.
England tried to pick up the pace again after the break but Sweden were in no mood to concede again, marshalled by veteran duo Nilla Fischer and Caroline Seger who made it difficult for them to make any clear chances.
Kirby did momentarily get in behind the defence from a good pass by Jill Scott but the angle was too tight and her shot hit the side netting.
England brought on Karen Carney with seventeen minutes remaining for the final appearance of her career and she supplied enough good touches in that time to suggest that she has been underused during the course of the tournament.
White had a shot blocked late on but England remained shackled until two minutes from time, when Lindahl failed to deal properly with a corner. The ball dropped for Bronze to volley goalwards but Fischer was superbly positioned to head her powerful strike off the line.
The Swedes had shown little as an attacking force during the second half but they could have netted a third in bizarre fashion in injury time when Julia Zigiotti broke through into the area where both she and Houghton slipped over, Zigiotti picking herself up to shoot but Telford did well to deny her with a point blank save.
That was actually the last chance of the game and Swedish delight was evident at the final whistle, whilst England will be left to reflect on a tournament which promised to deliver so much at one stage, but eventually led to nothing.
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Jade Moore, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus (sub Rachel Daly 83mins), Nikita Parris (sub Karen Carney 73mins), Jill Scott, Ellen White, Fran Kirby, Beth Mead (sub Jodie Taylor 49mins).
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Hanna Glas, Linda Sembrant, Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer, Magdalena Eriksson, Nathalie Bjorn (sub Amanda Ilestedt 69mins), Fridolina Rolfo (sub Lina Hurtig 26mins), Kosovare Asllani (sub Julia Zigiotti 45mins), Sofia Jakobsson, Stina Blackstenius.
Karen Carney has announced her retirement from football to bring to an end a distinguished career for club and country.
The 31-year-old Chelsea and England midfield player will sign off after the Lionesses conclude their 2019 FIFA World Cup campaign against Sweden in Nice on Saturday.
On the eve of the third place play-off, Carney believed the time was right to look for a new challenge. An England centurion, she won her 100th cap against Germany at Wembley in November 2014 and her service for club and country will be commemorated at a forthcoming international.
Carney will go down in history as one of England's all-time greats, an accolade underlined by being made an MBE in January 2017. She won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and helped Phil Neville's squad to win the SheBelieves Cup in the United States earlier this year. Overall, she won 143 caps and scored 32 goals - having made a goalscoring debut in a 4-1 defeat of Italy in 2005.
She said: "I am incredibly proud to have achieved so much in the game but now is definitely the right time to retire. To have played for England was my ultimate ambition and to do so at four World Cups and represent Team GB at a home Olympics was beyond the wildest dreams I had when first starting out.
"I would like to thank everyone who has made this all possible from my family and friends, everyone I have played for and worked with and, of course, the England squad and staff. I owe everything I have to all of them."
Phil Neville, England head coach, said: "Karen deserves all the plaudits that will come her way. It has been a privilege to work with her over the past 18 months but even more special has been the chance to get to know someone who is an incredible person and a special team-mate. While she will not want a fuss, Karen is someone who deserves total recognition and respect as a true legend of the game."
The Solihull-born playmaker started at her hometown side Birmingham City, before moving on to Arsenal where she won a memorable quadruple in the 2006-07 season, being a regular member of what is probably the country's greatest ever club side.
A spell in the United States with Chicago Red Stars followed before returning to Birmingham in time to score the winning penalty in the 2012 FA Women's Cup Final shootout defeat of Chelsea, the team she would join in 2015. She won the player of the year award in her first full season at the west London club and was part of the 2017-18 double-winning squad - despite an injury-hit campaign.
Baroness Sue Campbell, director of women's football at The FA, said: "Karen will be regarded as one of English football's great names. Her humility despite all she has achieved on the world stage is one of many endearing qualities. She has played a huge part in the Lionesses' incredible progress on the pitch and the inspirational impact the squad has had off it.
"I know Karen will be much missed by everyone at Chelsea and England - but I am certain she will stay in the game as she has so much to offer. She will always be welcome at Wembley and St. George's Park and it is right and proper that The FA mark Karen's wonderful career in a fitting way in the months to come. We are all so very proud of her."
Karen Carney made her full England debut in February 2005 at the age of 17, scoring the final goal in a 4-1 win over Italy, before hitting national headlines four months later when grabbing a late winner against Finland in the opening match of the Euro 2005 Finals at the City of Manchester Stadium, sparking a memorable celebration.
Her best tournament for England came four years later, again in the Euros as she made a major contribution in helping them reach their only major Final since 1984. She scored one of England's goals on the day but they were beaten 6-2 by a very powerful Germany side.
There was sad news for women's game in England with the news this week that Southampton Saints, one of the country's stalwart clubs, has been forced to fold.
The announcement came that the club has disbanded due to decreasing player numbers and lack of financial support.
Southampton Saints' proudest moment came in the 1998-99 season when they reached the FA Women's Cup Final, going down to a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at The Valley. They also reached the semi finals on two other occasions, and played at the top flight for several years.
The club then went into decline and lost their Premier League status, eventually being relegated into the Southern Region League. However, under the guidance of Adam Lee, they were promoted back into the league and just two seasons ago, finished in a highly credible fourth place in Division One South West.
The news of the demise of Southampton Saints means that since the reorganisation of the then Premier League in 2014, Division One South West has still not completed a season with its full complement of clubs.
Yeovil Town have announced a new takeover at the club, with immediate effect.
The takeover has brought an end to a spell which has seen them relegated two tiers from the FA WSL to the FA Women's National League, but the news can now bring some long awaited stability to its future.
The club has made the following statement detailing the new ownership:
"We are pleased to announce that Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club is now under new ownership headed by Businessman Adam Murry.
The deal for the Tier Three outfit was agreed yesterday.
Mr Murry said: "This is a hugely exciting time for women's football. There has never been as much interest in the women's game and I am delighted to have been able to support the takeover. This great club has absolutely enormous potential."
Mr Murry, from Bournemouth, heads up an Elite Soccer Academy located in Tampa, Florida USA, where women's soccer is taken extremely seriously, and in 2008, headed up the rescue of AFC Bournemouth after it was placed in administration. He appointed Eddie Howe as manager when the club was rock bottom of the 4th Division on a -17 point standing.
Murry says he has big plans for YTLFC: "We want to create a solid investment in the club's structure, from the first team right through to the Academies, with plans to take the club back into the higher leagues. We have selected a management team going forward, to create a solid platform and structure to build and develop on all at a higher level. This is a great time for women's football as England's success in the World Cup has clearly shown."
A superb extra time strike by Jackie Groenen has taken the Netherlands through to their first World Cup Final as they narrowly got the better of Sweden in their semi final in Lyon.
The game had been a closely contested one between two evenly matched teams, resulting in few chances at either end and with both goalkeepers in excellent form, it always looked as though one moment of inspiration would settle the match.
With what could well be a one in a lifetime chance of playing in a World Cup Final on offer, it was understandable that both teams started the game cautiously and both teams defended excellently, making it hard for the relative attacks to create chances.
The Netherlands thought they had got it when Danielle van de Donk slipped a pass to Vivianne Miedema, who cut into the area but she was foiled by a brilliant block from Caroline Seger.
Sofia Jakobsson has had a good tournament for the Swedes and she was instrumental in the first chance of the game, finding Stina Blackstenuis whose shot was straight at Sari van Veenendaal.
Van Veenendaal was to do better as half time approached with an instinctive save, blocking with her leg as Lina Hurtig poked the ball goalwards following a scramble in the Netherlands area.
The closeness in the match continued after half time but Sweden began to step up the pressure and almost took the lead just before the hour. The Dutch defence were unable to clear a corner properly and the ball fell for Niila Fischer whose shot was brilliantly touched onto the post by van Veenendaal and bounced away from two oncoming Swedish players.
Five minutes later, a corner at the other end also resulted in a near miss. Sherida Spitse's kick picked out Miedema at the far post where her firm header looked destined for the net but this time, it was Hedvig Lindahl who pulled off an excellent save, touching the ball onto the bar.
Both teams made changes in an effort to try and break the deadlock but once again, found the defences in very good form. Sweden's closest attempt came through a Magdelina Eriksson free kick which landed on the roof of the net, while Shanice van de Sanden went close at the other end in injury time with a shot which was tipped past the post by Lindahl.
As the game went into extra time, the Netherlands began to assume control of matters, with van de Donk an increasing influence on the game, whilst the Swedish side were starting to look tired. As the 100th minute approached, the breakthrough moment came.
Spitse's pass was laid off by Miedema into the path of Groenen, who took a touch before drilling a low shot from the edge of the area inside the far post, giving Lindahl no chance.
Sweden tried hard to lift themselves after the setback but Dominique Bloodworth and Stefanie van de Gragt were in outstanding form in the centre of the Dutch defence, whilst Desiree van Lunteren was keeping up her impressive tournament.
The Swedes forced a couple of late corners, with Julia Zigiotti having a shot charged down but they could not find a way through. The Netherlands should really have wrapped matters up in injury time when van de Sanden shot wastefully wide when a pass to Miedema would have given her a simple tap in, but it wasn't to matter and after a worrying stoppage when Kosovare Asllani was stretchered off, Dutch celebrations could finally begin and a remarkable two years has seen them reach their second major Final in that time, and a meeting with the United States on Sunday.
United States 2 (Press 9, Morgan 31)>
England 1 (White 19)
United States 2 (Press 9, Morgan 31)
England once again found the semi finals of a major tournament a bridge too far as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the United States in Lyon.
The reigning world champions were deserved winners over the 90 minutes but England will look at moments of what might have been during the second half, particularly when a goal was disallowed for a marginal offside decision and a late Steph Houghton penalty was saved.
Phil Neville made three changes to his starting line up, one of which was enforced, with Carly Telford replacing the injured Karen Bardsley in goal, and Beth Mead and Rachel Daly coming into what was a bold attacking line up. The USA side saw one surprise, with star midfielder Megan Rapinoe missing the game through injury.
England found themselves under pressure early on and a corner not fully cleared saw the USA regain possession and Rose Lavelle nutmegged Millie Bright on the goal line and cut in past Demi Stokes before her shot was blocked by Carly Telford and Alex Morgan volleyed wildly over from the rebound.
The early warning signs were there with Tobin Heath looking dangerous and on nine minutes, she slid an accurate pass into the path of Kelley O'Hara who supplied a superb cross to the far post for an unmarked Christen Press to plant a firm header into the net.
Lavelle fired over from the edge of the area but England managed to rally and levelled the scores against the run of play. Keira Walsh's pass picked out Mead in space on the left and her cross was turned in from eight yards by Ellen White, to keep up her fine scoring record against their opponents.
USA hit back with the impressive Lavelle again trying her luck from the edge of the area with a powerful strike which was well saved by Telford. Two minutes later though, at the other end, Becky Sauerbrunn was left heaving a huge sigh of relief after slicing her clearance from a Walsh cross but the ball drifted inches wide of the post.
As the half hour arrived though, Lindsey Horan was left in space just outside the area and crossed for Morgan who got inside of Demi Stokes and planted a header past Telford to restore her side's lead.
Back came England with a swerving shot from distance by Walsh being clawed away by Naeher but too often they found themselves overrun in midfield and perhaps grateful to be only one goal behind as the half time whistle sounded.
England looked a lot tighter at the back and more compact after the break as they sought to get a foothold in the game and get back on terms.
There was a huge let off for England though just before the hour, as Telford's pass was intercepted by Press who elected to shoot instead of setting up a simple chance for Morgan and her effort drifted harmlessly wide.
England rode out a brief spell of pressure and at the midpoint of the second half, thought they had levelled the scores when Jill Scott flicked a pass into the path of White who showed great composure to finish but celebrations were cut short when a VAR review found her to be offside by the slenderest of margins.
The USA were not looking quite so dominant in the midfield area after losing Lavelle to injury but England, despite driving forward at every opportunity, were finding it hard to break down a now bolstered American defence, and too often their passing lacked the crispness of their opponents.
However with six minutes remaining, England were given a great opportunity to equalise as Ellen White went down whilst trying to get on the end of a low cross from Rachel Daly and after a lengthy VAR review, the challenge by Sauerbrunn was deemed worthy of a penalty. Contact had looked slight at best and, admittedly, a penalty looked a generous decision but England were not able to take advantage as Houghton's kick lacked power and Naeher was able to get down low to her right and save.
Things got even worse for England three minutes later as Bright was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Morgan and they were reduced to ten players.
USA brought on experienced duo Carli Lloyd and Ali Krieger late on and in seven minutes of added time, they were to the fore as their team ran down the clock and denied England any further chance of taking the game to extra time.
The USA can now look forward to taking on either Netherlands or Sweden in the Final on Sunday whilst England will attempt to pick up another bronze medal the day before. That will be no consolation to their dejected players though, who once again suffer the agony of falling just short of the final hurdle.
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh (sub Jade Moore 70mins), Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Ellen White, Rachel Daly (sub Georgia Stanway 88mins), Beth Mead (sub Fran Kirby 57mins).
United States: Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O'Hara (sub Ali Krieger 87mins), Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle (sub Samantha Mewis 64mins), Abby Dahlkemper, Lindsey Horan, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Tobin Heath (sub Carli Lloyd 79mins).
Scotland Under-19 head coach Pauline Hamill has named her squad for the upcoming UEFA Women's Under-19s European Championship, in what will be the first UEFA finals tournament to be held on Scottish soil since 1970.
An exciting 20-strong playing group will take on the best in Europe later this month, with the majority of the squad plying their respective trades with SWPL sides; Hibs and Glasgow City provide three players apiece to the squad, the most of any club side.
Drawn alongside the Netherlands, Norway and five-time champions France, a top two finish in the group would secure a semi final berth for Hamill's side, alongside a spot at next year's FIFA Women's Under-20 World Cup.
The tournament kicks off on Tuesday 16th July, with matches taking place at St Mirren Park in Paisley, Glasgow's Firhill Stadium, Forthbank Stadium in Stirling and Perth's McDiarmid Park.
Pauline Hamill, Scotland Women's Under-19s head coach, told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "We are all really looking forward to the Euros starting in just two weeks time.
"Preparations have gone well and we've got a young group of players desperate to do well on the big stage.
"We're in a tough group but it's a challenge I know the players will relish. Women's football is thriving in Scotland and we want to be a part of that buzz this summer.
"The players can't wait to play in front of a loud home crowd and hopefully the country gets behind us, like they did for the ‘A' squad's World Cup debut in France.
"Over the course of July we want to continue to help inspire the next generation and also provide a platform for these young players to take the next step in their careers and continue to progress."
Scotland Under-19 squad:
The Barclays FA WSL season will open up with a Manchester derby, as newly promoted Manchester Utd are away to Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspur, the other newcomers to the division, also have a tough baptism away to Chelsea whilst Arsenal commence the defence of their league title with a home match against West Ham Utd.
Barclays FA WSL opening weekend fixtures [7/8 September]:
Arsenal v West Ham United
Birmingham City v Everton
Bristol City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool v Reading FC Women
Manchester City v Manchester United
The opening day fixtures for the FA Women's Championship have been announced.
The first weekend will be on 17/18 August and both of the newly promoted teams have been given away games. Blackburn Rovers make the long trip south to play Lewes whilst Coventry Utd will be away to Crystal Palace.
FA WC opening weekend fixtures [17/18 August]:
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Crystal Palace v Coventry United
Leicester City v Durham Women
Lewes v Blackburn Rovers
London Bees v London City Lionesses
Free Week: Charlton Athletic
The United States booked themselves a semi final tie with England as they defeated hosts France 2-1 in an enthralling quarter final.
Experience told during the opening stages as the USA got off to the perfect start as Megan Rapinoe curled in a low free kick which went through the legs of Amandine Henry and past an unsighted Sarah Bouhaddi on its way into the net.
The USA controlled the remainder of the first half with France not being able to muster a shot on target to lift the crowd of 45,595 at the Parc des Princes.
Midway through the second half, a superb move saw Alex Morgan release Tobin Heath with an inch perfect pass and her low cross was tucked home by the in-form Rapinoe for her second.
Heath fired in a third which was ruled out by a hairline offside decision and France finally found their way back into the match with nine minutes remaining. Shortly after Eugenie Le Sommer had missed a golden chance from close range, Amel Majri's free kick picked out Wendie Renard who planted a header past Alyssa Naeher to reduce the arrears.
French appeals for a penalty when a cross by Majri struck the arm of Kelley O'Hara were turned down and the USA closed the game out to keep up their record of never having failed to at least reach the last four of a World Cup.
In contrast, the Netherlands are in the last four for the first time after overcoming Italy 2-0 in searing heat in Valenciennes.
Italy had made an impressive run to the quarter finals but were never able to fully get going as the Dutch side took over the game after the break. The first half was even as both teams strove to adjust to the conditions but the Netherlands got on top and almost took the lead when a clever chip by Danielle van de Donk came back off the bar.
However five minutes later, the Dutch were in front as Sherida Spitse's free kick was guided in by the head of Vivianne Miedema.
Any hopes of an Italian fightback were ended with ten minutes remaining and from another Spitse free kick, this time picking out Stefanie van der Gragt at the far post where she powered a header past Laura Giuliani.
The Netherlands will be up against Sweden, who came from behind to win 2-1 against Germany in Rennes.
The Germans started the game strongly and were rewarded when Sara Dabritz picked out Lina Magull, who gave Hedvig Lindahl no chance with an acrobatic finish. Sweden reacted well to going behind though and got back on level terms when a ball over the top of the German defence was latched onto by Sofia Jakobsson who calmly finished past Almuth Schult.
After the break, Stine Blackstenius put the Swedes in front for the first time, following up to score after Schult had parried Fridolina Rolfo's header, although the German team argued that there had been a foul in the build up. Their mood was not brightened when a free kick into the area ended with Alexandra Popp being fouled by Lindahl as she tried to punch clear but an offside decision ended any hopes of a penalty, although replays suggested that Popp had been in an onside position.
Germany pressed late on and missed a glorious chance to equalise when Lena Oberdorf headed wide from point blank range, with Swedish celebrations starting moments later.
England 3 (Scott 3, White 40, Bronze 57)>
England 3 (Scott 3, White 40, Bronze 57)
England swept in to their second World Cup semi final after running out impressive 3-0 winners over Norway in Le Havre.
England never looked back after taking an early lead and although there were one or two shaky moments after the break and a penalty was missed late on, goals either side of half time ensured a comfortable passage to Lyon.
If England had gone into the game wanting a fast start, their prayers were answered with just three minutes on the clock. In their first meaningful attack, Lucy Bronze broke down the right and got past Kristine Minde before cutting the ball back from the line. Ellen White completely missed her kick at the near post but Jill Scott was handily placed to stab a shot past Ingrid Hjelmseth and in off the far post.
A similar move ended with Nikita Parris shooting wide from close range and White almost added a second from Keira Walsh's chipped pass, firing her shot against the post.
However five minutes before half time, White was to make no mistake and double England's lead, tapping in from point blank range after being set up by Parris.
Any Norwegian hopes of a comeback after the break were blown away just before the hour. Four years ago, Bronze scored a spectacular goal to knock Norway out of the competition and she repeated the feat once again with a fizzing strike which soared past Hjelmseth before she was able to move.
Norway, to their credit, did not give up and had their best spell of the game at this point with last ditch defending saving England on more than one occasion. None moreso than when a poor back pass by Millie Bright was seized on by Lisa-Marie Utland who got past Karen Bardsley but her shot was blocked on the line by the covering Steph Houghton.
It could have been four with five minutes remaining when Houghton was brought down in the penalty area by Maria Thorisdottir and a penalty was awarded. Parris stepped up but saw her kick bring out a good save from Hjelmseth, the second successive penalty kick that the winger has seen her shot kept out.
This did not detract from England's best performance of the tournament so far and leaves them one victory away from reaching a major Final for only the third time.
Norway: Ingrid Hjelmseth, Ingrid Moe Wold (sub Skinnes Hansen 85mins), Maria Thorisdottir, Kristine Minde, Karina Saevik (sub Lisa-Marie Utland 64mins), Maren Mjelde, Ingrid Engen, Vilde Risa, Isabell Herlovsen, Caroline Graham Hansen, Guro Reiten (sub Amalie Eikeland 74mins).
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris (sub Rachel Daly 88mins), Jill Scott, Ellen White, Fran Kirby (sub Georgia Stanway 74mins), Toni Duggan (sub Beth Mead 54mins).
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