England Lionesses Suffer 2-0 Friendly Loss Against Canada – Sport Grill
Two defensive howlers saw the England Lionesses fall in a 2-0 loss to the Canadian women in their last international friendly before Hege Riise named the Great Britain Olympic team.
Evelyne Viens sent Canada back to the front halfway through the third minute after jumping on a bad back pass from Demi Stokes.
England soon began to dominate the game as Georgia Stanway and Jordan Nobbs produced the Lionesses’ best chances throughout the game.
Nichelle Prince finally came off the bench and kicked off in the 86th minute to wrap up the win for Canada, after jumping on a fumble from Millie Bright’s back pass by Karen Bardsley.
England have now won just one of their three friendlies under the guidance of Riise, who is now set to name her squad from the GB squad for the Olympics in the coming weeks.
Canada were without Christine Sinclair after the forward injured his foot in Friday’s friendly win in Wales.
Although they found themselves without Christine Sinclair due to a foot injury, Canada struck first when Viens intercepted a bad back pass from Demi Stokes to push past Telford closely after just three minutes.
Stanway was the first to come close to England when she saw two strikes in three minutes go off goal, as England soon began to dominate against a resolute Canadian defense.
Fran Kirby created the Lionesses’ best chance when she found herself fouled just outside the box by Shelina Zadorsky, earning the hosts a free kick that Nobbs forced a kick from Stephanie Labbe before Stanway does go wild from the resulting corner kick.
Both teams then saw chances lost towards half-time with Quinn coming closest to the visitors, exploding towards the 25-yard goal to force Telford to strike, the resulting corner cleared as the visitors held a lead of ‘a goal at the break.
Canada’s Jessie Fleming produced the first chance of the second half by shooting widely from outside the box in the 49th minute, before Bethany England came close two minutes later as her header was saved by Labbe to deny the hosts an equalizing goal.
The second half eventually settled into a series of disjointed battles, in which Prince came closest to the counterattack for Canada, but Bardsley saved his shot.
England eventually found themselves in the lead entering the final ten minutes as Lauren Hemp intercepted Vanessa Gilles and broke, only for the Bordeaux defender to recover with a left leg block from Hemp’s shot.
The two players clashed shortly after by jumping to meet the ball, with both players available to continue with treatment as Hemp suffered a nasty cut in the collision.
Canada finally struck the decisive blow to seal the victory as a back pass from Bright caught Bardsley, allowing Prince to run and kick the ball from the US-born goalie and touch to close the victory .
Nobbs and Lucy Bronze saw late chances to save a comforting goal blocked as Labbe comfortably saved their shots, which saw Canada win two of three friendly trips to England this century.
First line; Carly Telford (Bardsley 45 ′), Rachel Daly (Bronze 64 ′), Demi Stokes (Greenwood 32 ′), Millie Bright, Leah Williamson, Georgia Stanway, Jordan Nobbs, Nikita Parris (White 80 ′), Fran Kirby (Toone 45 ′) )), Bethany England (Kelly 64 ′), Lauren Hemp
Subs; Karen Bardsley (GK), Sandy Mclver (GK), Ellie Roebuck (GK), Lucy Bronze, Keira Walsh, Millie Turner, Alex Greenwood, Chloe Kelly, Jill Scott, Ellen White, Ella Toone, Beth Mead, Niamh Charles, Lotte Wubben -Moy, Esme Morgan
Starting team: Stephanie Labbe (GK), Allysha Chapman, Shelina Zadorsky, Ashley Lawrence, Vanessa Gilles, Jessie Fleming, Quinn (Schmidt 82 ′), Desiree Scott (Rivière 66 ′), Janine Beckie, Evelyne Viens (Huitema 59 ′) ), Deanne Rose (Prince 59 ′)
Subs: Erin McLeod (GK), Rylee Foster (GK), Jade Rose, Lindsay Agnew, Gabrielle Carle, Jayde Riviere, Julia Grosso, Sophie Schmidt, Jordyn Listro, Samantha Chang, Sarah Stratigakis, Cloe Lacasse, Jenna Hellstorm, Jordyn Huitema, Nichelle Prince,