Sunday, 27 March 2016

England U20 1 v Canada U20 2 - Friendly International

Back pocket sized fold out programme.
Sunday 27th March 2016
U20 Friendly International
at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Rovers FC
England (0) 1
Kasey Palmer 71
Canada (1) 2
Kadin Chung 13, Marco Bustos 68
Admission £3. Programme free
1 Angus Gunn (Manchester City), 2 Ola Aina (Chelsea), 5 Jake Cooper (Reading), 6 Mason Holgate (Everton), 3 Harry Toffolo (Norwich City); 8 Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur, captain), 4 Joe Williams (Everton), 7 Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest – on loan at Burton Albion), Brandon Barker (Manchester City – on loan at Rotherham United), 11 Rees Greenwood (Sunderland), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Subs - 12 Kasey Palmer (Chelsea) for Walker 46; 14 Kean Bryan (Manchester City) for Aina 58, 15 Ashley Fletcher (Manchester United) for Barker 69; 16 Bryn Morris (Walsall, on-loan from Middlesbrough) for Williams 80
Unused sub - 13 Ted Smith (Southend)
18 James Pantemis, 2 Marcus Godinho, 5 Fikayo Tomori (Captain), 4 Thomas Meilleur-Gigeuere, 3 Kadin Chung, 8 Alphonso Davies (Gabriel Boakye 65), 7 Shamit Shome, 10 Marco Bustos, 11 Ballou Tabla (Marco Dominquez 90), 17 Duwayne Ewart (Jordan Hamilton 74), 25 Dario Zanatta
Unused subs - 1 Marco Carducci, 24 Kosovar Sadiki, 6 Liam Fraser, 19 Marko Aleski, 14 Josh Doughty
Three days ago, these two sides had played each other in a behind closed doors friendly that England won 4-1.
Much was expected of Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, especially from numerous supporters who'd turned out in their Red Devils attire, but Canada did a good job of rendering the United youngster who has exploded onto the Premier League scene in impressive style quiet and virtually marked him out of the game for long spells, while the stand out player was  undoubtedly Kadin Chung, the visitors number 3.
Rashford though did set up the chance that Kasey Palmer scored England's 71st minute goal from though, when he cut the ball back from the left wing for the Chelsea youngster.
Off the pitch the weather did it's best to keep the crowd entertained, with dazzling sunshine one minute, pouring rain the next and rumbling thunder and lightning flashes generated more excited responses from the crowd than anything on the actual field of play.
Ballou Tabla threaded the ball into the path of Chung and he worked himself a yard of space before burying the ball just inside the right hand post with a great finish.
England kept plugging away, but were frustrated by a resolute Canadian back line, for whom Thomas Meilleur-Gigeuere in particular were taking no prisoners.
Marco Bustos became the second Vancouver Whitecaps player to score at the Keepmoat Stadium, when he curled a great finish beyond the despairing reach of  Angus Gunn before disappearing from view under a pile of celebrating team mates.
The second Canada goal seemed to act as an alarm call for the England team and they began to impose themselves on the game far better in the last twenty minutes, but the visitors had no intention of surrendering their lead and "doing a Germany" now, but there were a couple of near misses towards the end, with Sunderland's Reece Greenwood in particular putting the frighteners on James Pantemis.
FT: England 1 v Canada 2