Newhall U16 Eagles (3) v Croatia (0)

Martyn Collins

Match report by

Martyn Collins
Date filed: 20 Sep 2012

Played: 19th September 2012

The Newhall FC Eagles cheered on the England ladies in a UEFA Euro 2013 Qualifier at Walsall's Banks's Stadium and what a fantastic evening we had!

With tickets and our own coach paid for by the FA ,due to Newhall FC being a Chartered Standard Club, all the squad and parents invovled enjoyed a 3-0 victory and some great football.

Thanks to Dave Banton for securing the tickets and travel, hope you enjoyed being our guest of honour?

Thanks also to all who are invovled in the work that goes into the Chartered Standard and making this possible.

Happy Birthday to Kiera Dyche and thanks for the songs girls!!!

Eagles on Tour

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012

A 3-0 win over Croatia books England's Women a place at Euro 2013

by Glenn Lavery at Banks's Stadium


England have qualified for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Finals after a 3-0 win over Croatia in Walsall.

The Three Lions came into the game knowing a victory would catapult them to the top of Group 6 and an automatic spot in Sweden next summer, and they sealed their progress in fairly comfortable fashion.

It should have been a greater margin of victory, but Croatia goalkeeper Doris Bacic saved her side’s blushes with a string of saves, and there was further cause for celebration for Rachel Yankey who earned her 120th cap, a record for the England Women’s team.


Action from The Banks's Stadium

Having beaten the Croats 6-0 in March, it took 21 minutes for Hope Powell’s side to get off the mark at Banks’s Stadium when Jill Scott tapped home a rebound from close range.

Eniola Aluko made it 2-0 early in the second half by prodding the ball into the back of the net, off the post, after being found by Yankey inside the box.

And skipper Casey Stoney sealed the win, and a place at the Euros, in the final ten minutes, rifling home Karen Carney’s cross from the edge of the box.

The hosts started brightly, quickly seizing control of the ball and forcing Croatia onto the back foot from the off, though Dean Klafuric’s side were far better than six months ago when they capitulated early.

In the seventh minute, Carney called Bacic into action for the first time with a wicked, curling effort.

Newhall FC Eagles after Three Lionesses Victory

Yankey had the chance to mark her record-breaking appearance with a goal when she was played in by Aluko midway through the first half, but the winger lacked composure and blazed over with her right foot.

Less than a minute later, though, England went ahead and it was a true poacher’s finish from Jill Scott. Aluko saw her low shot spilled by Bacic and the Everton midfielder turned home the loose ball from a matter of yards.

Then Carney, who has featured in every qualifier, was impressive throughout, providing cut and thrust and creativity going forward and she sent over a teasing cross from the right which an unmarked Yankey failed to head on target.

Croatia only had one real effort of note in the first half, an angled drive by Katarina Kolar which Karen Bardsley turned away.

A place at Euro 2013 was effectively sealed just two minutes into the second half. Yankey found Aluko inside the box and the Birmingham forward guided the ball into the far corner with the outside of her right foot.

It might have got even better just five minutes later when some delightful build-up play led to Karen Carney trying her luck from an acute angle, but the ball struck the foot of the far upright.

Alex Scott had an effort palmed over by Babic, who later blocked Carney, tipped Anita Asante’s shot onto the post and denied debutant Toni Duggan, on for Yankey, late on.

But Stoney stepped up to put a gloss on the scoreline by drilling home Carney’s low cutback from 18 yards.

Eagles Celebrate Victory

England made life difficult for themselves by drawing their opening qualifier away to unfancied Serbia, but they have bounced back magnificently, registering six wins and a goalless draw in Holland in their remaining group games.

Powell has now guided her charges to a fifth consecutive appearance at a major tournament, and after finishing as runners-up at Euro 2009 the National Coach will now be determined to go one step further and claim some silverware in Sweden next summer.


England goal scorer Jill Scott with Newhalls Eagles

Englands No1, Karen Bardsley with Eagles No1

Eagles meet Englands Steph Houghton 

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I was not sure what to expect not having watched an England ladies game before but I can honestly say I thought they were brilliant. Excellent standard of football and I will be watching to see how far they can go with tougher opponents to come.

All the girls were very much 'on song' encouraged by their formidable coach Mr Collins. I particularly liked one of the girls comments on the coach when we were coming back who asked someone else if they wanted to smell her socks. Nice ! :-)


Dave B.

Dave BantonDave Banton
20 Sep 2012 17:18

Looks and sounds like a "FAntastic" trip!

Good luck to Martyn and all the Eagles this season!


Lee CantrillLee Cantrill
21 Sep 2012 08:16

Sounds like you all had a great time ! 

Up the Newhall 

Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
22 Sep 2012 17:09

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