England Women ease past Finland
- 08 March 2014 20:38
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
England Women secured a 3-0 victory over Finland in their second group game of the 2014 Cyprus Cup.
Goals from Anita Asante, Gemma Bonner and Eniola Aluko ensured the win which gives the reigning champions two wins out of two in the tournament.
In a much-changed side from the one that dispatched Italy on Wednesday, City's Jill Scott started for the Three Lions whilst Toni Duggan made an appearance from the bench. Steph Houghton did not feature.
Scott was involved in all of England's first three attempts but each of her efforts flew over the bar. Mark Sampson's side did open the scoring after half an hour though as Asante volleyed home a free-kick from Bonner's flick-on.
Despite numerous chances to add to their tally, it took until the 67th minute for the lead to be doubled, when Bonner stooped to head the ball into the back of the net.
Aluko then put the result beyond any doubt with a dinked finish from close range to top off a fine performance.
England play their last group match against Canada on Monday, in a repeat of last year's final.
Also in Cyprus, Betsy Hassett's New Zealand side are still looking for their first win of the tournament, after the Football Ferns were beaten 2-1 by Switzerland.
Striker Hannah Wilkinson had given the Ferns the lead in the first half but the Swiss side rallied in the second period with two quick-fire goals to turn the game on its head. Hassett came off the bench on the hour mark but couldn't prevent her side from falling to defeat.
The result puts New Zealand bottom of Group C, whilst Switzerland go top. The Ferns will be hoping to pick up a win in their final group game over South Korea on Monday.
Elsewhere, Natasha Flint played 83 minutes for England under-19s, as they kicked-off their La Manga tournament with a 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland.
Mo Marley's side opened the scoring after just five minutes thanks to Jade Bailey but were pegged back with 20 minutes to go. On Monday, the youngsters face France in their second game of the competition.