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Fulham youngster Sean Doherty scores for England

last updated Thursday 14th February 2002, 11:16 AM
Fulham youngster Sean Doherty
Fulham youngster Sean Doherty scores for England
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Fulham Academy winger Sean Doherty featured for England Under17's on Wednesday evening when they played Slovakia. England drew the game 2-2 with a goal from Sean saving his country from defeat.

The young Fulham star has now played 5 times for the Under 17's and scored twice. As he was top scorer for England Under 15's last season there will be more goals to come.

Sean was captured from Everton last summer where he was regarded as the best young player since Francis Jeffers

England 2 - Slovakia 2,
Nationwide Under 17 International - Match Report

As a trio of young Lions were prowling the savannah of the Amsterdam Arena last night, a whole pride were back in Stevenage defending their territory from the visiting Slovakians.

As a precursor to the two UEFA Championship qualifying matches against Scotland and Lithuania next month, Dick Bate’s Under 17s were at Broadhall Way, home of Conference side Stevenage Borough, to take on Slovakia, a team who lost out on penalties to England in the final of the Nordic Tournament last August.

But if the visitors were looking for revenge, they started off the wrong note. A minute gone and Ipswich centre half Chris Hogg made space to head home and put England a goal to the good.

As the half progressed, Slovakia took the game to England and after seeing most of the ball, levelled matters on 33 minutes through a powerful strike from Josef Banda. Though it was England who went in at half time 2-1 up.

Regaining their momentum after the equaliser England were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box just before the break, and Fulham’s Sean Doherty despatched the dead ball into the top left hand corner and England were in front for a second time.

Unfortunately though, Bate’s boys couldn’t hold on to the lead as the game finished 2-a-piece, this time a second-half free kick from Basista was met by Pavel Tomasik and the ASK Inter youngster gave Ross Turnball in the England goal no chance.

After a good run-out against a physical Slovakian side, England’s Under 17s now have a trip down to Bristol in three weeks time for their important qualifying matches with Lithuania and Scotland.

England: Ross Turnball, Stuart Bridges (James Biggins 42 min), Matt Sadler (Gary Borrowdale 79 min), Ross Gardner, David Raven, Chris Hogg, Wayne Routledge, Lee Croft (Scott Brown 60 min) Cherno Samba (Tom Groves 56 min), Stacy Long (Wayne Rooney 56 min) Sean Doherty (Mark Smyth 66 min)
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