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Football: Victory for England in Cyprus Cup as Scotland suffer defeat

March 7, 2013

England kicked off their Cyprus Cup campaign with 4-2 victory over Italy on Wednesday.

A superb 20 yard drive from debutant Jordan Nobbs kicked off the high scoring match seven minutes into the game. Italy scored the next two goals on 17 and 27 minutes through Elisa Camporese but only minutes later Steph Houghton levelled the tie once again from a Rachel Yankey corner.

A Jess Clarke goal took England back into the lead before the half time break. Head coach Hope Powell brought on five substitutes during a less frenetic second half and England extended the score to 4-2 thanks to substitute Ellen White on 83 minutes.

Powell was pleased overall with the first competitive match of the year: “It was a very good contest for us and we played well in patches. The girls played the way we asked them to play – nice and tight, kept the ball moving.

“We were disappointed to concede the two goals where I felt we just switched off but that highlights at this level that concentration is really important.

“I think we did really well. We weathered the storm, played some good football and got ourselves back into it.”

Elsewhere in the competition, Scotland, who are in Group A alongside England, lost 1-0 to New Zealand with Betsy Hassett scoring the sole goal on 25 minutes.

Like the England game, the Group C clash between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland was another six-goal thriller, but it was Northern Ireland who came off worst, losing 5-1 to their neighbours.

England now face Scotland on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, and then New Zealand on March 11, while Northern Ireland are next in action against South Korea on Friday.

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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