LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 2, 2014) – On the first game of the final day of the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, the England Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Australia Under-17 Men’s National Team 2-1 at the Premier Sports Campus.
In a game mostly dominated by the English side, forward Jahmal Hector-Ingram’s score in the 79th minute sealed the deal for the victory. England’s Ike Ugba scored in the 29th minute to open up the scoring.
Australia forward Cameron Joice kept his team in the game as he was able to pull back a pass from forward Peter Kekeris and opened the second half with a 57th-minute equalizer.
England earned third in the tournament with a 1-1-1 record and four points. Australia was fourth, going 0-3-0 in the tournament.
The game began evenly matched as both teams controlled the ball and tried to create plays. The back-and-forth action continued until about the 11th minute when Ugbo, who besides a goal had several other opportunities on the afternoon, got inside the six-yard line, made a shifty spin move and got into the box to send the ball toward the back post. Australian goalkeeper James Delianov was ready for the play and stepped up, making one of his 13 saves of the day.
Despite Australia trying to create some chances, it was all England as its defense continuously smothered the Australian defense.
In the 27th minute, Ugbo again threatened with a powerful shot down the middle but Delianov stayed strong and kept the deadlock alive, though it did not last long despite his best efforts.
England captain Adam Phillips played the ball outside on the left, found the open man and passed the ball to the right side where Ugbo awaited, sending it to the far post for the 1-0 England advantage.
Australia had a pair of opportunities before the end of the first half, but the English defense kept it all under control and didn’t allow Australia to even the game.
The second half began with much of the same, until Australia started to find some space and threaten the net.
Its best attack came to fruition in the 57th minute when Joice received a ball from Kekeris, pulled it back and was able to send it in for the equalizer.
Not much went Australia’s way after that, however, and England was back on full attack mode. Hector-Ingram received a long pass at midfield and was flanked by only one Australian defender as he went forward, left him behind and faced only Delianov for the chance to score. The Australian goalkeeper continued his stellar performance and recorded his 10th save of the match, preventing England from taking the lead.
Soon after though, Hector-Ingram redeemed himself and took advantage of a perfect pass sent his way from the right side by Ugbo, and knocked it in with his right foot for the 2-1 lead.
Before the final whistle blew, Australia had one last chance to try to find the equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time when Kekeris took a free kick after an England foul. His shot went sailing above the English five-man barrier and right onto the goal but struck the crossbar in what could have otherwise been an incredible game-tying tally.
- Nike Internationals Friendlies Match Report -
England U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Australia U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Competition: 2014 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
ENG 1 1 2
AUS 0 1 1
ENG – Ike Ugbo (Adam Phillips) 29th minute
AUS – Cameron Joice (Peter Kekeris) 57
ENG – Jahmal Hector-Ingram (Kyron Stabana) 76
ENG: 13-Alfie Whiteman (1-Paul Woolston, 46); 3-Adetayo Edun (2-James Yates, 75), 6-Cameron Humphreys Grant (15-Danny Collinge, 68), 7-Nathan Holland, 8-Adam Phillips (capt.), 9-Lukas Nmecha (19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram, 58), 10-Marcus Edwards (4-Tom Davies, 58), 12-Kyron Stabana, 16-Easah Suliman, 17-Ike Ugbo, 20-Daniel Wright (18-William Patching, 46)
Subs Not Used: 5-Reece Oxford, 11-Layton N’dukwu,
Unavailable: 14-Trent Arnold (red card suspension)
Head Coach: John Peacock
18-James Delianov, 3-Henry Davies, 5-Zac Speth (15-Jackson Bandiera, 46), 6-Joe Caletti (capt.), 8-Daniel Arzani (10-Jamie Dimitroff, 38), 9-Panos
Armenakas (24-Marc Tokich, 55), 11-Peter Kekeris, 16-Danny Kim, 17- Nicholas Panetta (22-Cameron Joice, 46), 20-Perry Fotakopoulos (2-Malcolm Ward, 38),
Subs Not Used: 7-Daniel Maskin, 12-Brandon Osipov, 13-Christian Verbi, 14-Solomon Monahan-Vaiika
Head Coach: Tony Vidmar
Stats Summary: ENG / AUS
Shots: 26 / 22
Shots on Goal: 15 / 2
Saves: 1 / 13
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 9 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1
ENG – Easah Suliman (caution) 59th minute
Referee: Randall Kelley (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose J. Da Silva (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Hutchison (USA)
Fourth Official: Mark Allatin (USA)