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England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have all gone through to the Elite qualifying round in the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships, but Wales have missed out on the next stage.
England finished their group with a perfect record of three wins from three games on Tuesday, after hitting Serbia for six. The Young Lionesses had already turned over Belarus and Cyprus by 3-0 and 8-0 respectively in their opening two games last week.
Emma Coates' team duly completed their job in style in Orsha, as a Jessica Park hat-trick and goals from Holly Manders, Ebony Salmon and Annabelle Blanchard gave the Serbs no chance.
It took less than 20 minutes for England to open their account, as Park was the provider for Manders to get things underway with what was the only goal of the first half. England certainly found their shooting boots after the break though, as Park notched her first of the afternoon following a corner from Manders.
Salmon then added her name to scoresheet to make it 3-0 with just over 20 minutes remaining and the game finished with a flourish as three goals in six minutes followed in the later stages via Park's second, a goal for substitute Blanchard and then the completion of a hat-trick for Park in the 87th minute.
Scotland also finished top of their Qualifying group to progress to the Elite qualifying round. After securing their passage to the Elite Round on Saturday, Pauline Hamill's side finished the group strongly with a 1-0 victory over Poland yesterday. The result bookended an impressive campaign in which the young Scots scored five and didn't concede, finishing the group undefeated.
Scotland now join 27 other teams who progress to the Elite Qualifying Round, seven places are up for grabs at next summer's finals in Georgia. That victory was followed by a stalemate with Croatia. Scotland dominated throughout and were unfortunate to not find a break through. Regardless, the result ensured they would at the very least finish with enough points to qualify from their group.
Tuesday's 1-0 victory over group hosts Poland meant Scotland leapfrogged their opponents to qualify from top spot. Jennifer Smith's strike after nine minutes was enough to secure all three points. The home side pressed for an equaliser but Scotland were assured defensively and saw out the win in the second half. Keeping their third clean sheet in a row.
The tournament is a signifier of how Pauline Hamill's team have grown since hosting this summer's UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. Fifteen of Hamill's squad for the summer remained eligible for another year including key players from this summer such as Lauren Davidson, Jenna Clark and Sophie Allison. The squad's added experience will be a huge boost as the they attempt to qualify for the finals in Georgia next summer.
Despite being beaten 7-0 in their final game by Norway, Northern Ireland had already secured their place in the next phase with victories over Wales and Moldova in their opening two matches. Wales meanwhile salvaged some pride in their last game as they defeated Moldova 3-0 but it was not enough for them to finish as one of the best third placed teams. The game was goalless at half time but two goals in a three minute spell during the second half from Morgan Rogers put Wales in control of matters and they rounded off the win when Alice Griffiths scored the third in injury time.
The draw for the Elite qualifying round will take place on 21st November.
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