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England 5 (Lawley 15, Kirby pen 64, Parris 68,75, Christiansen 76)
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Four second half goals carried England to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Kazakhstan and kept up their winning start to their World Cup qualifying group at Colchester.
Nikita Parris scored twice and Melissa Lawley netted her first senior international goal on her first start as England cruised past a weak Kazakhstan side, with substitutes Fran Kirby and Izzy Christiansen also getting on the scoresheet.
Mo Marley made seven changes from the 4-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina with Keira Walsh making her senior debut and the young Manchester City responded with a very impressive display in midfield.
England carried the game to their opponents in the early stages and with fifteen minutes on the clock, the first time starters combined to put them ahead when Walsh's cross was not dealt with and Lawley slotted home from ten yards.
Jodie Taylor did get the ball in the net five minutes later after Fara Williams and Parris had combined to set her up but an offside flag ruled out any celebrations. A well struck volley by Alex Greenwood was turned over the bar by Oksana Zheleznyak who did well to push away a strike from Jill Scott after good work by Jodie Taylor.
Williams was next to try her luck with a long range strike which was parried away by the overworked Zheleznyak, Taylor getting to the rebound first but was again ruled offside.
Kazakhstan were forced into a change at the break as Zheleznyak, who had been struggling for most of the first half, was forced off to be replaced by Irina Sandalova who was quickly called into action with a good save to deny Parris.
England continued to press and almost doubled their lead in fortuitous circumstances when Bibigul Nurusheva struck her own post but the pressure eventually told and after a handball offence in the area, Fran Kirby, who had barely been on the pitch for a minute, stroked home from the penalty spot.
Kirby then turned provider four minutes later with a shrewd pass to let in Parris and the striker finished emphatically to increase England's lead.
The Kazakhstan team had tired visibly and England looked to cash in with further goals, Greenwood's through ball releasing Parris on goal and she once again produced a confident finish.
Just a minute later, Greenwood's cross into the area was nodded down by Kirby for Christiansen to score from close range. The goal signalled the final substitution by Mo Marley who introduced Jess Carter for another debutant, at right back. England could have added further goals late on but Kazakhstan were able to prevent further damage on the night, but not England from recording a third convincing win.
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze (sub Jess Carter 76mins), Alex Greenwood, Fara Williams (sub Izzy Christiansen 63mins), Steph Houghton, Gemma Bonner, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Jodie Taylor (sub Fran Kirby 63mins), Keira Walsh, Melissa Lawley. Subs not used: Carly Telford, Jo Potter, Leah Williamson, Jordan Nobbs.
Kazakhstan: Oksana Zheleznyak (sub Irina Sandalova 45mins), Shokhista Khojasheva, Bibigul Nurusheva, Yekaterina Krasyukova, Yekaterina Babshuk, Svetlana Bortnikova, Begaim Kirgizbaeva, Adilya Vyldanova, Aida Gaistenova (sub Anastassiya Vlassova 69mins), Karina Zhumabaikyzy, Saule Karibayeva (sub Asselkhan Turlybekova 80mins). Subs not used: Mariya Demidova, Arailym Orynbassarova, Aigerim Alimkulova, Zuleira Abisheva.
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