England C were beaten 4-3 by Slovakia`s under-21 side at Sutton United on Sunday.




The visitors took the lead after 18 minutes when Lukas Haraslin unleashed a powerful, angled drive which beat Brandon Hall at his far post, despite the keeper, who has just been released by Vanarama National League South side Ebbsfleet United, getting a hand to it.

Ten minutes later the Three Lions were level when Bromley`s Jack Holland headed home from close range after a period of sustained England pressure.

Holland had to leave the field with an injury shortly afterwards, but it was his replacement, the host side`s Louis John, who gave England the lead with a header from Sam Habergham`s cross in the 38th minute.

And the substitute was on hand to increase the home side`s lead 7 minutes into the second half with another header from a corner.

But just 3 minutes later Tomas Huk responded with a neat header, also from a corner.

Then, with 15 minutes remaining, Slovakia were level with a fine finish by sub Michal Fasko.

It looked as though a draw was the likely outcome. However, with 6 minutes of stoppage time gone, the visitors won it with another excellent goal from the impressive Fasko, firing home a free-kick on the edge of the area.

England C: Brandon Hall (sub: Jamie Butler 76m); James Bolton (sub: Dan Wishart 54m), Ben Heneghan, Jack Holland (sub: Louis John 29m), Sam Habergham; Jake Gallagher, Alex Woodyard, Joe Leesley, Elliott Whitehouse (sub: Dan Sweeney 70m), Dayle Southwell (sub: Jordan Williams 79m), John Goddard.

Slovakia U21: Marek Rodak (sub: Adrian Chovan 60), Martin Valjent, Lukas Skovajsa, Martin Chrien (sub: Michal Fasko 59), Filip Lesniak, Tomas Huk (sub: Stanislav Lobotka 79), Lucas Haraslin (sub: Tomas Brigant 60), Pavol Safranko, Juraj Chvatal, Robert Polievka (sub: Nicolas Spalek 46), Denis Vavro.

Subs not used: Lubomir Satka, Robert Mazan. 

Source: www.footballconference.co.uk


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