England U23’s 2-0 win over Norway was an important one as it meant they pipped USA to win this year’s Nordic tournament.
Having been held to a goalless draw against the USA last Friday, England had already beaten Sweden with a comprehensive 4-0 win and needed another impressive performance on this occasion.
Goals from Chelsea defender Hannah Blundell and Arsenal’s own Beth Mead helped seal their victory.
Mead, signed from Sunderland in January, proved an influential figure early on as it was her who combined with Blundell seconds before the young Lions broke the deadlock after 13 minutes.
Blundell did well initially to stop a Norwegian attack in its tracks, before playing a one-two with Mead.
The 22-year-old’s pass was a good one and helped set the full-back through on-goal. She showed good composure to slot home, before Mead doubled the scoring with her second goal of the competition shortly before the half-hour mark.
It could’ve been a more commanding scoreline for Marieanne Spacey’s side, though they hit the crossbar on three separate occasions in quick succession during the second-half.
Norway struggled to create much of note as time continued and the young Lionesses held firm defensively for a clean sheet and all three points to finish the tournament in style.
Leah Williamson started and completed the full 90 minutes, playing alongside Birmingham’s Abbey-Leigh Stringer in central midfield.
It was Leah’s third consecutive start within the starting line-up and both players shared their delight about the team’s success on social media: