England 4-0 Northern Ireland: The Lionesses remain 100% in qualifying for the Women’s World Cup as Beth Mead breaks stubborn resistance from the visitors and scores a second-half hat-trick in the historic victory at Wembley.
- England had won their first two ties of the campaign 8-0 and 10-0
- However, Sarina Wiegman’s team struggled to bring down Northern Ireland.
- England took up to 64 minutes to get on the roster through Beth Mead
- Beth England made it 2-0 before Mead completed her hat-trick in 78 minutes
- The victory was the first for England’s women at Wembley in front of 23,225 fans.
Beth Mead’s quick hat-trick in the second half helped the England women make history and seal their first victory at Wembley last night.
Sarina Wiegman could hardly have wished for a better start in life as a manager. Three wins out of three, 22 goals scored and the team’s first home football victory.
And it was thanks to two inspired second-half substitutions by the former Netherlands manager that ensured the Lionesses maintained their 100% record until qualifying for the World Cup.
Beth Mead’s first international hat-trick didn’t tell the whole story against Northern Irela and
The England team found this a tougher test after 8-0 and 10-0 victories in their first two qualifiers.
Wiegman kept the same starting lineup that caught 10 past Luxembourg last time out, but after going blank against Northern Ireland in the first half, the 51-year-old called up Mead and Bethany England, and the pair delivered.
With her first touch of the game, Mead broke the deadlock, sending a controlled volley past visiting Jacqueline Burns on the spin in the 64th minute.
Chelsea’s England came into action eight minutes later, with a cross pass from Lauren Hemp when it was not marked at the back post.
With that, the floodgates opened and Mead crashed home for a second before passing the ball into an empty net for his hat-trick and England’s fourth, much to the delight of his coach.
England’s coaching team and 23,255 fans would have been wondering how the Lionesses didn’t get ahead at halftime. Seventeen shots, 80 percent possession, but nothing to show for his dominance.
Not surprisingly, the team, ranked 40 places higher than the visitors in the FIFA world rankings, had the ascendancy, but their superiority deserved a reward.
Leah Williamson continued to wear the captain’s armband in the absence of Steph Houghton
Beth Mead brilliantly hooked home from about 10 yards to open the scoring in 64 minutes.
Faced with the challenge of trying to break two banks of five, with Northern Ireland turning to a six-line in defense at times, England, who have scored 18 goals in their last two games, were unable to make the breakthrough in the opening period. somehow.
Credit must be given to the visitors ‘ability to execute manager Kenny Shiels’ game plan with a determined and disciplined defense.
They were camped in their midst with the persistent attack, but they never wavered in the task at hand.
Beth England doubled the hosts’ lead shortly after when she went home
Mead had his eye on and scored his second in 10 minutes with emphatically struck momentum.
WEMBLEY PARTY FACTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Ears 6; Daly 6 (Mead 64, 9), Bright 6, Greenwood 7 (Staniforth 80), Stokes 6 (Walsh 45, 6); Kirby 7, Williamson 7, Toone 6; Parris 7 (England 63, 8), White 6, Hemp 8.
Unused Subs: MacIver, Hampton, Charles, Stanway, Scott, Russo, Carter
Goals: Mead 64, 74, 78, England 72
Yellow cards: none
Coach: Sarina Wiegman 8
NORTHERN IRELAND (5-3-2): Burns 5; McKenna 6, Nelson 6, McFadden 7, Burrows 5 (Watling 73, 6), Vance 6; Hamilton 6 (McGuinness 65, 5), McCarron 7, Furness 6 (McDaniel 74); Wade 6 (Beattie 81) Callaghan 6 (Wilson 81).
Unused subs: Flaherty, Clifford, McLaren, Caldwell, Rafferty, Andrews.
Yellow Cards: Burrows
Coach: Dean Shiels 6
Referee: Ivana Martincic 6
Wiegman’s team needed patience but also creativity in attack to try to find the slightest of cracks in Northern Ireland’s defense.
Wingers Hemp and Nikita Parris provided smart runs from the outside to the inside with the former rattling the crossbar with a fierce left foot within the first 20 minutes.
Leah Williamson, captain in place of the injured Steph Houghton, could have had at least one hat-trick in the first half, as she watched several agonizingly approaching headers and a cultured effort navigate over the bar.
The Arsenal forward completed her hat-trick to secure the team’s first win at Wembley.
While Alex Greenwood, paired with Millie Bright in central defense, took matters into her own hands by launching a thunderous left-footed shot at goal from range, only to have it landed on the wood.
A combination of bad luck, a good goalkeeper, last minute blocks and poor precision led Northern Ireland to the break level.
England asserted its dominance, eventually.