Women's U19 Eight Nations La Manga Tournament
10-14 March 2008
La Manga, Spain

England's U19 Women were beaten 2-1 in their opening fixture of the La Manga Tournament yesterday.


After losing Leeds United's Sophie Walton (second from left) to an early injury, the Italians took a 2-0 half-time lead.

Claire Rafferty pulled a goal back in the 74th minute, but despite bossing the majority of the game, once more a Three Lions side were made to pay for failing to convert their chances into goals.

Next up tomorrow afternoon are Sweden for Mo Marley's side, and then Norway complete England's fixture schedule on Friday.

Helen Alderson, Jayne Eadie, Chelsea Weston, Gilly Flaherty, Jessica Clarke (c), Claire Rafferty (Emily Heckler 81min), Sophie Walton (Lizzy Edwards 10min), Grace McCatty, Brooke Chaplen, Michelle Hinnigan, Toni Duggan (Ellen White 75min)