England stay in higher tier for next WU17EURO qualifiers

England stay in higher tier for next WU17EURO qualifiers

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England will stay in League A for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship after finishing third in their group.

They lost 2-0 to Russia in Group 5, before beating Belgium 1-0 on Thursday and although suffering a defeat to Poland on Sunday, the Young Lionesses remain in the top tier.

After the second round, the winner of all seven Group A qualifying groups will then reach the eight-team UEFA Under-17 Championship Finals in Bosnia and Herzegovina in May, along with the hosts.

On Sunday goals from Amelia Kowalczyk and Maja Kuleczka secured the win for the hosts and meant they finished top.

Reading’s Hannah Poulter denied Poland’s Laura Klebek midway through the half and then both Freya Godfrey and Mia Enderby forced Kinga Seweryn into stops in a matter of minutes as half-time approached.

But then moments later, the deadlock was broken when Kowalczyk scored after being set up by Emilia Szymczak.

Poulter made a save early in the second period to keep the score at 1-0 but it was Poland’s goalkeeper who was the busier at the start of the second period, as Seweryn denied Keira Flannery and Grace Ede.

Poulter was called into further action in the final quarter of an hour, as she denied Maja Kuleczka and Kowalczyk in quick succession.

And the second goal arrived with eight minutes remaining courtesy of Poland defender Kuleczka.

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