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Match Report: England Under 18s 3-0 Poland Under 18s

After frequently threatening, Hallam Hope grabbed the goal that he deserved.

England Under 18s finished their season in good form as they thrashed Poland 3-0 at Gresty Road.

Jordie Hiwula, Hallam Hope and Matt Lecointe grabbed the goals for Noel Blake’s side.

There was a number of new faces in the side and therefore the Young Lions took a while to gel together in the early stages.

Lukasz Wronski was the first player to cause a dangerous move when he skipped past Jack Stephens but a cut-back to Piotr Zielinksi was blasted straight over the crossbar by the young Pole.

Wronski then missed another chance for Poland as he fired off-target after pouncing on a mistake by the England defence.

Jordan Lussey was the first man to have a real chance for England but the Liverpool striker was unable to get on the end of Hallam Hope’s ball.

England started to look more like equalling their opponents as the half developped and Lussey had another effort that could have so easily gone in.

Local lad Max Clayton started the move that would turn out to be the first goal of the game when he found Hiwula at the back post with a low drive across goal. After a short delay in getting it under control, Hiwula was then able to steer the ball into the net to give the Young Lions the lead before half-time.

Jordan Pickford denied the Poles an equaliser just before half-time when he produced a superb save from Zielinski.

After 60 minutes, Hope got the goal that he had been threatening throughout the game. He drove a low shot past Frackowiak in the Poland goal.

Lecointe came off the substitute’s bench and made an immediate impact as he controlled Clayton’s cross and lifted the ball over the ‘keeper only four minutes of coming on the pitch.

Lecointe was denied a second goal in the latter stages of the game when Frackowiak saved his effort.

Noel Blake will be happy with his work and will be confident a number of his boys can progress into next season’s Under 19 squad.

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