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England 4 (Dowie 40,52, Aluko 49,63) Ukraine 0
att: 5,818; at Shrewsbury Town F.C.
England moved a step closer towards qualifying for the World Cup with a convincing victory at the Greenhous Meadow thanks to doubles from Natasha Dowie and Eniola Aluko.
Mark Sampson had been forced to make two changes to his starting line up with Dowie and Jade Moore replacing injury victims Toni Duggan and Karen Carney and a change of system saw him employ a 4-4-2 diamond formation.
It took England ten minutes to create their first opening and Ukraine goalkeeper Iryna Zvarych needed to be quick off her line to make a smothering save from Lianne Sanderson, after which she required some treatment.
Aluko did well to trick her way past two challenges on the edge of the area but she sent her shot straight at Zvarych. Aluko then turned provider a minute later as she found Alex Scott in space in the area but the full back's shot brought out an excellent reflex save from Zyarych at her near post.
Aluko then had a great chance to open the scoring on 28 minutes as she was put through on goal by a slide rule pass from Sanderson but she tried to beat the keeper at her near post and could only hit the side netting.
However just as England's frustrations were starting to grow, they broke the deadlock five minutes before half time. Jade Moore initially did well to find Aluko on the edge of the area and she chipped the ball into the centre where Dowie gave Zvarych no chance with a neat glancing header which was guided just inside the far post.
England had a great chance for a second two minutes later, Sanderson again threading a superb pass into the path of Aluko who made her way into the area but her shot was saved by Zvarych. Sanderson drilled a shot narrowly wide as England went into the interval with a one-goal lead.
After labouring to their lead at the break, it took England just four minutes to go further ahead. A quickly taken free kick was knocked forward by Sanderson and Steph Houghton's lay off let in Aluko, who took a touch and this time made no mistake from eight yards.
England were now in the mood and a corner led to them further increasing their lead just three minutes later. Williams' kick was headed down by Houghton and Dowie was on hand to sweep the ball home from close range.
Ukraine hit back with a cross shot from Tetiana Romanenko which landed on the roof of the net after momentarily worrying Siobhan Chamberlain but at the other end, Dowie was presented with a great chance for a hat-trick after being put through by Williams' long ball but she miscued her attempted lob.
England did not have to wait long for the next goal though, another ball threaded through by Kelly Smith was chased down by Aluko who took the ball past the oncoming Zvarych and slotted into the empty net.
A dangerous free kick at the other end, whipped in by Vira Diatel, somehow evaded three team mates in front of goal and over elaborance in possession almost led to England conceding as Daria Apanaschenko burst through on goal but Chamberlain kept her clean sheet intact by making a good save.
The game had long been over as a contest though and England soon had another three points in the bank towards their seemingly relentless charge towards the World Cup Finals.
England: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Demi Stokes, Fara Williams, Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Jade Moore, Jill Scott (sub Laura Bassett 61mins), Eniola Aluko (sub Jess Clarke 78mins), Lianne Sanderson (sub Kelly Smith 61mins), Natasha Dowie. Subs not used: Carly Telford, Casey Stoney, Sophie Bradley, Dunia Susi.
Ukraine: Iryna Zvarych, Olga Basanska, Ol'Ha Boichenko (sub Iuliia Korniievets 87mins), Valentyna Kotyk, Maryna Masalska, Iryna Vasylyuk, Iya Andrushchak (sub Olha Ovdiychuk 64mins), Daria Apanaschenko, Vira Diatel, Valeriya Aloshycheva (sub Oksana Yakovyshyn 57mins), Tetiana Romanenko. Subs not used: Kateryna Samson, Alla Lyshafai, Nadiia Khavanska, Dar'ya Kravets.
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