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A superb individual goal by Ebony Salmon ensured that England's disappointing UEFA Under-19 Championships campaign ended on a winning note.
Rehanne Skinner's side went into their final Group B match unable to make the semi finals following narrow defeats by Germany and holders Spain but Salmon's wonderful 26th minute effort ensured the Young Lionesses were 1-0 winners over Belgium.
There were six changes to the starting line up following Friday's 1-0 loss to Spain with goalkeeper Emily Ramsey, defender Niamh Cashin, midfielders Jessica Park, Aimee Palmer and Ella Rutherford, and Salmon all given the nod.
It was Salmon who grabbed the only goal of the game by bursting down the left, cutting inside past Sari Kees and firing into the net midway through the first half.
Jessica Park then looked to turn the screw with two efforts of her own but she was unable to double England's tally.
Park was at it again early in the second half when a powerful run carried her into the Belgium box - but her low strike was palmed away by Femke Bastiaen.
Skinner's charges thought they had scored a second when the subsequent corner was bundled home from close range - only for referee Ewa Augustyn to chalk it off for a foul on Bastiaen.
Belgium did have their chances after the break, though, most notably substitute Lea Cordier, who let fly from distance just a minute after coming on - but Ramsey was equal to it and tipped the long ranger over the bar.
Half time substitute Molly Pike, on for Jessica Naz, almost put a fine gloss on the scoreline in added time but could only thump her close range header off the bar.
England: Emily Ramsey, Niamh Cashin, Esme Morgan (sub Grace Neville 45mins), Georgia Eaton-Collins, Jessica Park, Aimee Palmer, Ella Rutherford (sub Lauren James 82mins), Amy Rodgers (sub Emily Syme 60mins), Asmita Ale, Jessica Naz (sub Molly Pike 45mins), Ebony Salmon (sub Lucy Fitzgerald 90mins).
Belgium: Femke Bastiaen, Sari Kees, Romy Camps, Gwyneth Vanaenrode, Zenia Mertens, Karlijn Knapen (sub Lea Cordier 66mins), Lisa Petry, Janne Geers (sub Stephanie Pirotte 74mins), Talitha De Groote (sub Esther Buabadi 85mins), Aster Janssens (sub Jarne Teulings 45mins), Constance Brackman.
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Ebony Salmon has a shot blocked by Sari Kees
(middle) Constance Brackman challenges Ella Rutherford
(bottom) Zenia Mertens and Jessica Park
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