England Women’s National Team thrashed Montenegro 9-0 in Mark Sampson’s first home match in charge.
The win keeps England on top of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 qualifying group 6 and increases their goals-for tally to 29! England remain unbeaten in the qualifying stage and yet to concede a goal.
The game was hosted at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium, in which a crowd of 8,908 came to cheer on the teams.
Although there was no surprise that England would dominate their opponents Montenegro, who are ranked 85th in the world and have only had a senior team for two years, the style and performance in which they played was very positive.
England broke the deadlock in the first minute through Toni Duggan who shot from inside the box. The Manchester City striker doubled the lead on 13 minutes. Eniola Aluko headed home in the 37th minute before Jill Scott made it 4-0 five minutes before half-time.
The second half continued in the same way and Karen Carney extended England’s lead to 6-0 shortly after the restart. A Jovana Mrkic own goal increased the tally to 7-0 after she inadvertently directed Lianne Sanderson’s shot into the net, before Demi Stokes earned her first England goal on her home debut!
Toni Duggan completed her hat-trick in the 71st minute and Natasha Dowie completed the scoring in the 84th minute to end the game 9-0, earning England their biggest win since 2005.
Mark Sampson’s England side did not disappoint, their positive performance was matched with precision passing and great technique.
England starting line-up: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Steph Houghton (C), Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Fara Williams, Jill Scott, Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko, Lianne Sanderson, Toni Duggan
Montenegro starting line-up: Marija Zizic, Zeljka Radanovic, Andreja Vidic, Maja Micunovic, Jovana Mrkic, Milica Vulic, Darija Djukic, Ivana Krivokapic, Sladjana Bulatovic (C), Jasna Djokovic, Armisa Kuc
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