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FIFA U17 World Cup: Young Lions roar in ten goal thrashing of New Caledonia

[Credit: Alex Caparros]

New Caledonia 0 – 10 England

JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Ryan Garry’s young lions roared into the U17 World Cup with a resounding 10-0 victory over New Caledonia, making a strong start to their campaign.

England dominated the match throughout, even as their opponents adopted a defensive stance. The scoreline featured goals from eight different players, along with an own goal, and Justin Oboavwoduo scoring twice.

During the qualifying rounds, the Young Lions led their group by winning all three matches, scoring 18 goals and conceding only one.

New Caledonia narrowly missed out at the OFC U17 Championship in January when they were defeated by New Zealand in the final, with a score of one-nil.

In the early stages, England controlled possession and looked threatening in the final third. Myles Lewis-Skelly attempted a long-range shot in the ninth minute, which was tipped over by Nicolas Kutran.

Following a VAR review, England was awarded a penalty in the 16th minute after a foul on Lewis-Skelly in the area. Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny stepped up and fired left to give England the lead.

Seven minutes later, Joel Ndala had an opportunity to make it two, capitalizing on a defensive mix-up, but his shot missed the target.

After half an hour, Tyler Dibling found Oboavwoduo from the byline, and the striker helped the ball into the net, doubling the young lions’ lead.

Five minutes later, Dibling found the net himself, cutting onto his favored left foot and drilling the ball into the near post, giving England a three-goal advantage.

Just before halftime, England made it four through Josh Acheampong’s header, initially ruled out for offside but later awarded following a lengthy VAR check.

Within a minute of the second half starting, Nolhann Alebate was shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident involving Lewis-Skelly.

Adding to their woes, New Caledonia conceded a fifth as Sam Amo-Ameyaw’s deflected strike found the net in the 51st minute.

Oboavwoduo scored his second and England’s sixth just before the hour mark, firing low and hard through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Justin Oboavwoduo [Credit: Alex Capparros]

A lengthy VAR review was conducted during the game for a possible penalty, as Oboavwoduo appeared to be brought down in the box, but the referee disagreed, and no penalty was awarded.

Substitute Ethan Nwaneri placed his left-footed strike into the top corner from 20 yards, increasing England’s already commanding lead to seven.

Moments later, England’s lead grew to eight as Michael Golding’s shot deflected off a defender and into the net, going down as an own goal.

Five minutes before the final whistle, Harrison Murray-Campbell headed the ball over Kutran to extend the lead to nine.

In stoppage time, Finley McAllister’s low strike from a distance was deflected past Kutran, making it 10-0.

Next up, New Caledonia faces Brazil on Tuesday at 09:00 BST, and England takes on Iran three hours later in Group C action.

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