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PremierLeague-News.Com - Ellen White - she of the 'goggles' goal celebration - has given Northern Ireland a stark glimpse into the future.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Ellen White - she of the 'goggles' goal celebration - has given Northern Ireland a stark glimpse into the future. Three times the England striker raised her hands to her eyes, each after a clinical finish, as she hit a superb hat-trick in a 6-0 friendly romp. Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly and debutant Ella Toone added the other goals in a slick English display.After a chastening 90 minutes, Kenny Shiels and his players will now go into their Women's Euro 2022 play-off with their eyes wide open as England showed exactly the quality that awaits against the world's top teams.Potential opponents in next Friday's draw include Italy, Switzerland, Russia and Ukraine, all are in the world's top-25. The good news for Northern Ireland is that it's unlikely any of them can match England, who are sixth in the Fifa rankings, in terms of movement, switching the pace from slow to fast on breaks and pressing when not in possession. Shiels wanted this game to be a learning experience in preparation for the play-off clash, even going as far as saying that if his team took a beating but learned from it he would be happy.England gave them a lesson, but the news isn't all that bad.Northern Ireland have been down this road before.In the Euro 2022 qualifying campaign they faced Norway twice. Twice they lost 6-0 and not only lived to tell the tale but in the immediate aftermatch claimed a 2-2 draw away to Wales before a goalless battle against the same opponents - results that ultimately secured the play-off place.Battered by a strong wind, Northern Ireland were already largely camped in their own half before England hit three goals in the space of 11 minutes.
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.When Northern Ireland did attack, England countered with pace, Bronze capitalising on the space vacated by debutant Rebecca Holloway, racing down the right wing and sending over a cross that White headed home.Bronze herself netted the third before the half hour mark when she darted into the six yard box to finish Lauren Hemp's low cross after she skipped through a couple of challenges on the left.The pick of White's goals came when she completed her hat-trick four minutes into the second half, slipping away from Julie Nelson and smashing the ball high into the net past Becky Flaherty.Two more goals came down the England right, Bronze making a great run before pulling the ball back from the line to Daly, and when substitute Chloe Kelly was fouled by Holloway in the box, Toone was handed the ball to mark her debut ith a goal from the spot.Shiels will quickly identify areas to improve and work on them relentlessly.If the response is the same as previous 6-0 defeats then that wil make him happy - and everyone else.NORTHERN IRELAND: Flaherty, Magee, Nelson, McFadden (Burrows 83 mins), Holloway (Finnegan 83 mins), Wade (McDaniel 73 mins), McCarron (Watling 61 mins), Caldwell (Kelly 83 mins), Callaghan (McKenna 61 mins), Furness, Magill.Subs not used: Harvey-Clifford, Haughey, Hutton, Howe, Wilson.ENGLAND: Roebuck (MacIver 61 mins), Bronze, Houghton, Williamson (Wubben-Moy 76 mins), Greenwood, Scott, Stanway, Daly (Salmon 85 mins), Nobbs (Toone 46 mins), Hemp (Kelly 61 mins), White (England 76 mins).Subs not used: Hampton, Turner, Mead.Referee: Lorraine Watson (Scotland)Player of the match: Ellen WhiteMatch rating: 7/10"
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