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North Macedonia 0
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England 8 (Toone 12, White 42, pen 67, Zivikj og 45, England 77,90, Kolarovska og 79, Mead 90)
North Macedonia 0
at Southampton F.C.
England got off to the most comfortable of starts under new manager Sarina Wiegman as four late strikes helped carry them to a straight forward win at the St Mary's Stadium.
With Steph Houghton having dropped out through injury ahead of the game, Leah Williamson was named as captain for the first time and Ella Toone was handed a full debut, whilst Mary Earps was given the nod in goal.
England were on the front foot right from the start with Lauren Hemp heading over from a Rachel Daly cross and the first goal was not too long in coming, Williamson sliding a pass through to Toone who made no mistake for the opener.
North Macedonia's only real opportunity before the break came midway through the half, with Ulza Maksuti latching onto a long pass before firing the ball over the bar.
After having been off the field injured for a few minutes, Toone returned to become the provider for the second, finding Ellen White who drilled her shot into the corner of the net from ten yards.
Two minutes later, Alex Greenwood whipped a cross into the area and in attempting to clear, Julija Zivikj sliced the ball into her own net to make it three going into the break.
England continued to attack from the start of the second half but needed to be patient before the next goal came, with Dervishi bringing off a number of saves to keep the score down.
However at the midway point of the half, the next breakthrough was finally made as Williamson was fouled in the area and White tucked home the resulting penalty for her second goal on the night.
Wiegman introduced a number of substitutes to give fresh impetus against rapidly tiring opponents and the newcomers were swiftly involved, Jill Scott almost scoring with her first touch but Beth England did so just four minutes later, heading in the loose ball after Dervishi had clawed away the initial cross by Nikita Parris.
Another own goal from North Macedonia, this time a volley from Sara Kolarovska, cost her side another for the Lionesses' sixth on 79 minutes and England then notched her second goal on the night as the match went into injury time.
There was still time for England to crown the night with another goal and it was Beth Mead who was to keep up her excellent start to the season, chasing down a long ball and drilling home clinically into the far corner.
England: Mary Earps, Rachel Daly (sub Niamh Charles 82mins), Demi Stokes, Leah Williamson, Millie Bright (sub Lotte Wubben-Moys 63mins), Alex Greenwood, Beth Mead, Georgia Stanway (sub Beth England 71mins), Ellen White (sub Jill Scott 72mins), Ella Toone, Lauren Hemp (sub Nikita Parris 63mins). Subs not used: Sandy MacIver, Carly Telford, Katie Zelem, Lucy Staniforth, Ebony Salmon, Jess Carter.
North Macedonia: Suarta Dervishi, Sindis Polozhani, Pavlina Nikolovska, Sara Kolarovska, Gentjana Rochi, Aleksandra Markovska (sub Rabija Dervishi 45mins), Ulza Maksuti (sub Teodora Dimoska 90mins), Natasa Andonova, Afrodita Salihi (sub Kristina Petrushevska 79mins), Julija Zivikj, Hava Mustafa (sub Katerina Mileska for 86mins). Subs not used: Magdalena Lekovska, Verica Kolevska, Ane Bošeska, Elena Paneska, Jana Chubrinovska, Radica Choneva, Elena Petrovska, Teodora Jankovska.
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