Last Thursday our Under-13s Girls Teams accompanied by their coaches took a trip to The Molineux, home of Wolves FC as The Lionesses played a friendly against visitors Belgium to prepare for the upcoming Women’s Euros. The tournament will hosted on home soil next month, a great taster of what will be an exciting Summer of football for the continued growth of the women's game.
England started the game strong creating some good chances, while Belgium tried to find their feet. As the first half progressed both teams had opportunities to break the deadlock however neither team could find the back of the net before the half time break.
Early in the second half England Manager, Serina Weigman made 5 changes 2 of which would later find the net for The Lionesses. First to score for England was forward Chole Kelly who calmly slotted the ball towards goal which crossed the line after a deflection from her opponent. The second goal for England came through Rachel Daly. Belgium failed to clear the England corner which allowed Kelly to set up Daly for a stunning volley into the top corner. England gave themselves a three goal cushion after an own goal from the Belgian keeper. The goal once again came from a corner after Paris had her header cleared off the line. The clearance only went as far as England Captain, Leah Williamson who's shot hit the cross bar before crossing the line after deflecting off the back of the goalkeeper’s head.
Chairman of the girls section Matt Jeffries stated - “Thanks once again to the FA, we had the chance to take some of our girls, parents and coaches to watch the England Lionesses in action. They put on a great performance and we all had a superb evening. With the desire and enthusiasm our girls had watching their heroes, hopefully inspiring our next generation of stars for the future!"