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England's late Turkey trot
 Women's Football News 27 Nov 2009
 
England's late Turkey trot - 27 Nov 2009 - Women's Football NewsTURKEY 0 ENGLAND 3 (Scott 76, Sanderson 80, Unitt 85)
Three late goals gave England a deserved victory over Turkey in their second World Cup qualifier, in Izmir. 
 
The visitors controlled the game and a 3-0 win was minimum reward for their positive, attacking attitude throughout.
 
Turkey attempted to stifle England, mindful of their 5-0 defeat to Spain at the weekend, but were unable to keep the Three Lions at bay for the full 90 minutes.
 
England lined up in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation as Sue Smith, Jess Clarke and Emily Westwood provided support for Jody Handley, but they had to contend with the hosts' defensive 4-1-4-1, with Eylul Elgalp their only outlet upfront.
 
Fara Williams had England's first sight at goal, bending a 20-yard free-kick goalwards, but Duygu Yilmaz was able to gather comfortably. Handley also came close early on, but her looping, sixth minute header failed to trouble the Turkish keeper.
 
Yilmaz was again on hand to repel another England chance on 12 minutes, saving well from Westwood. These chances set the tone for the match as England dominated proceedings throughout and tried to use the width as much as possible, but the Turks pressured constantly allowing the visitors little time or space.
 
Hope Powell's side were made to survive a scare midway through the first half when a mistake from Laura Bassett almost created a chance for Filiz Koc, but Karen Bardsley was alert to the danger. Minutes later, Williams again provided evidence of her threat from set pieces when her 25-yard free kick struck the bar.
 
However, the teams went in level at the break as half chances, through Handley and Clarke for England and Elgalp's low, angled drive for Turkey, made up the remainder of the opening 45 minutes. As they had done against Spain on Saturday, Turkey frustrated England in the first half, getting bodies behind the ball and only occasionally threatening on the break.
 
England began the second half determined to make their territorial dominance count and the breakthrough almost came in the 50th minute. A deep corner from Smith was met in the air by Faye White, but her header was cleared off the line. The rebound fell to Clarke, but her effort was also blocked on the line by some dogged Turkish defending.
 
Such was England's pressure that, for large periods, Turkey had all eleven players in their own half, but the clearest opportunity of the game so far came for the hosts just before the hour mark. A through ball from Cansu Yag found Elgalp running into space, but with only Bardsley to beat, her shot was extremely disappointing from a Turkish point of view and the England keeper collected with ease.
 
Powell introduced Karen Carney and Sanderson soon after, as England sought the opening goal and the Chicago Red Stars winger was in the thick of the action straight away. She scampered down the right wing but her centre just evaded Handley. The ball fell to Williams just inside the area, but her left foot shot was well held by Yilmaz.
 
The seemingly elusive breakthrough finally came on 76 minutes and it came from the right hand side. Carney was found in space and she threaded the ball through to the onrushing Scott and the full back kept her composure to calmly prod beyond Yilmaz and give England a deserved lead.
 
The advantage was doubled just four minutes later and by the 84th minute, the result had been put beyond doubt as England registered the second and third in quick succession.
 
First, good work from Smith on the left allowed her to feed Sanderson, just inside the box. The substitute took a touch to control the ball and then rifled the ball home to make it 2-0. Turkey were obviously deflated and conceded a third moments later, with Smith again the provider. She floated a corner into the six yard box and Unitt rose above everyone to plant a header into the back of the net.
 
There was time during the closing stages for Hope Powell to make one final substitution, bringing on Everton striker Natasha Dowie for her senior debut up front in place of Handley.
 
England therefore end the year with two wins from two as they attempt to qualify for their fourth major tournament in a row. Next up is a home fixture against Austria in March. (Report by www.TheFA.com)
 
Turkey: Duygu Yilmaz, Feride Bakir, Yeliz Demir, Cigdem Belci, Cansu Yag (sub Helga Nadire Inan Erturk 87mins), Seval Kirac (sub Ayse Gurbuz 83mins), Fatma Kara, Bilgin Defterli, Eylul Elgalp, Filiz Koc (sub Reyhan Seker 70mins), Lutfiye Ercimen. Subs not used: Meryem Ozyumsak, Esra Erol, Basak Ersoy, Yagmur Uraz.

England: Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Fara Williams, Faye White, Laura Bassett, Jessica Clarke (sub Lianne Sanderson 74mins), Danielle Buet (sub Karen Carney 62mins), Jody Handley (sub Natasha Dowie 83mins), Emily Westwood, Sue Smith. Subs: Siobhan Chamberlain, Dunia Susi, Fern Whelan, Rachel Williams.

 
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