Match Report: England U15 Schoolgirls v Wales

Under 15 Friendly International – Sunday 9th May 2021
Colliers Park, Wrexham

Wales 2 – 6 England

Wales v England in a Under 15 Schoolgirls International Friendly match at Colliers Park on Sunday 9th May 2021 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

England’s Under 15 Schoolgirls returned to action with a blistering attacking performance against Wales on Sunday with Megan Sofield leading the way with a hat-trick!

Rebecca Ferguson captained the side and led her team out at Colliers Park for their first match since returning from Dublin with the John Read Trophy a mere 429 days ago, although the break didn’t seem to have affected their confidence as the girls opened the scoring with almost their first attack.

Lucy Cooper saw her shot saved by the Welsh keeper but as the ball rolled towards the goal Poppy Pritchard was on hand to smash in the opening goal. Moments later, the lead was doubled as Cooper’s shot was too strong for the home keeper and England were off to a dream start.

The half somehow ended with no further goals but with the Welsh keeper certainly the busier, with Delphi Cole shooting just wide and both Pritchard, Cooper and Sofield proving a real handful for the Welsh defence.

The second half started exactly like the first with two quick fire goals. Megan Sofield took advantage of a mistake in the Welsh defence to make it 3-0 and followed it up with a long range effort for her 2nd and England’s 4th.

Wales pulled a goal back following a scramble in the 6 yard box but almost immediately, Pritchard scored her 2nd of the game, surging through the defence and firing home from a tight angle. Again Wales fought back and grabbed a second to pull back to 5-2 and had arguably their best spell of the game with only a flying save from Aimie Flood preventing them edging closer still.

As the grey clouds rolled over to spoil an afternoon of perfect weather in North Wales, all that was left was for Sofield to complete the scoring with her hat-trick goal late on and cap a fantastic day for her and the squad overall.

Next up is a trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a match with Scotland in June and we can only hope that the girls pick up where they left off in Wrexham.

The upcoming England U16 Schoolgirls’ match against Scotland on Saturday 5 June, will be live streamed online via the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV. More details will be shared via the ESFA online in the coming weeks.

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England U15 Schoolgirls- International football is back!

The England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Wales this weekend for the much anticipated return to football for our International sides. They will face their Welsh counterparts in a friendly on Sunday 9th May

Before the football world ground to a halt last year, the England U15 Schoolgirls travelled to ROI to compete in the John Read Trophy against their Irish counterparts. They came away with a 2-1 win in what turned out to be their last fixture of the 19/20 season. The girls were then due to host Scotland, ROI, Northern Ireland and Wales at Lilleshall NSC in April for the Bob Docherty Tournament to end their international season, however these fixtures were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following this anti-climatic end to the 2019/2020 International season for our England U15 Schoolgirls, they are finally getting back on the pitch this weekend as they travel to Colliers Park, Wrexham to play their welsh counterparts. The game is being played on Sunday 9th May with the match kicking off at 14:30.

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, no spectators will be able to attend. The game is also not going to be live-streamed on the ESFA Youtube channel but a recording of the match will be made available at a later date.

Keep an eye on the ESFA’s social channels (@SchoolsFootball on instagram and Twitter and http://www.youtube.com/esfatv) for more content around the England U15 Schoolgirls and announcements regarding the England U18 schoolboys upcoming fixtures!