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Melissa Filis bagged a hat-trick as England got their UEFA Women's U17 Championship qualifying campaign off to a flying start with a 6-0 demolition of Moldova.
The Arsenal youngster opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 38 minutes before a second half blitz blew the host nation away.
Manchester United's Fran Stables and Bristol City's Katie Robinson, on for Stables, added to the scoreline before Filis completed her treble with two goals deep into a lengthy period of added time, either side of Ruby Grant's strike.
Gemma Grainger's side had an incredible 45 attempts at goal with Moldova failing to register a single one.
Next up for the Young Lionesses is Azerbaijan on Saturday followed by Iceland next Tuesday. Their meeting ended in a 1-0 win for Iceland.
The top two sides in every group, plus the four third placed teams with the best record against the top two in their section will join Germany and holders Spain (who were given byes) in the elite round draw in November, with those matches scheduled for spring 2019.
The seven elite round group winners will join hosts Bulgaria in the finals next May.
England: Emily Orman, Maisy Barker, Maya Le Tissier, Gracie Pearse (sub Ellie Hack 80mins), Mia Cruickshank, Melissa Filis, Ruby Grant, Charlotte Fleming, Keri Matthews (sub Ellen Jones 80mins), Emma Harries (sub Isobel Goodwin 72mins), Fran Stables (sub Katie Robinson 67mins). Subs not used: Emma Bradley, Ella Morris, Blue Wilson, Sophie Quirk, Rebecca May.
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