Team GB 3 Cameroon 0: Every Hope of a medal as Powell's women stay unbeaten
22:12 GMT, 28 July 2012
Hope Powell predicted a fantastic
night for women’s football when Great Britain take on Brazil at Wembley
on Tuesday to decide the winner of Group E.
Powell’s team achieved their first
target as they coasted into the quarter-finals with an assured
performance over a physical Cameroon team which lacked only a wider
margin of victory.
Going well: Jill Scott celebrates scoring with team mates Eniola Aluku and Kelly Smith after her goal
Great Britain Ladies: Bardsley, Alex Scott, Dieke (Bradley 68), Stoney, Houghton, Jill Scott, Asante (Fara Williams 60), Carney, Little, Aluko, Smith (Yankey 46).
Subs Not Used: Brown, White, Rafferty, Rachel Williams.
Goals: Stoney 18, Jill Scott 23, Houghton 82.
Cameroon Ladies: Ngo Ndom, Manie, Ejangue, Meffometou, Bella, Yango (Nchout 62), Francine Zouga, Bebey (Medoua 32), Onguene, Ngono Mani (Enganamouit 79), Iven.
Subs Not Used: Sosso, Leuko, Feudjio, Sonkeng.
Booked: Manie, Medoua.
Referee: Eun Ah Hong (South Korea)
‘We scored three and we could have scored six or seven,’ said Powell, the coach of the Great Britain team. ‘We’re striving for excellence in all areas and we have to be more clinical. Now we want to win the group because we could then play a lesser team.
‘We know Brazil are good but they have weaknesses, which we’ll try to exploit. We’ll be trying to win and believe we can. But whatever happens it will be an historic night.’
On the evidence of this dominant display the GB women have cause for optimism. Two goals ahead after 23 minutes against a side who had been thumped 5-0 by Brazil in their opening fixture, they had the chance to run up a score which would have sent their morale soaring and put them top of the group.
But despite dominating possession against outclassed opposition, it took GB until nine minutes from time to make the game safe and give the scoreline a truer reflection.
Yet after their narrow, battling victory over New Zealand, GB were never in danger of dropping any points once they came racing out of the traps and took immediate command of the game.
Jumping for joy: Kelly Smith celebrates with Casey Stoney after she scored
SATURDAY'S OTHER RESULTS
United States 3 Colombia 0
Brazil 1 New Zealand 0
Japan 0 Sweden 0
Canada 3 South Africa 0
France 5 North Korea 0
They were stronger, quicker and more
composed than their African opponents, who made up for their lack of
quality with some physical challenges. A typically clumsy foul on Kelly
Smith — one of many GB’s star forward had to endure — led to a booking
for centre-back Christine Manie. From Karen Carney’s free-kick captain
Casey Stoner arrived at the far post to half-volley in.
If that was
simple, the second goal was a beauty, Smith linking with Kim Little,
whose clever flick set up the impressive Jill Scott to sidefoot
Watching it go in: Players jump and miss the cross as Casey Stoney scores at the back post
Putting it beyond doubt: Stephanie Houghton celebrates after scoring her team's third goal
But with the enthusiastic 31,000 crowd at the
Millennium Stadium hoping to enjoy a rout, it never came. Smith put a
free-kick wide, keeper Annette Ngo Ndom bravely foiled Little then
palmed a header from Steph Houghton on to a post.
The departure as a
precaution at half-time of Smith, buffeted relentlessly by the Cameroon
defenders, seemed to disrupt GB’s play as they remained in command
without looking as dangerous. But at least they rounded off a good day
with a cracking third goal.
Going through: Hope Powell watched her team progress
Little set up Houghton and the left-back,
who scored the historic first GB goal of the tournament against New
Zealand, emphasised what a good striker of the ball she is with a rising
20-yard drive that left Ngo Ndom helpless as it smacked into the far
corner of the net.
Smith was given a clean bill of health but
defender Ifeoma Dieke, taken away on a stretcher with a knee injury in
the second half, needs a scan and is a concern to Powell.
British women are on their way. They showed plenty of promise and have
the potential to remain involved in the tournament for a while longer.
coach Ngachu Enow thinks so. ‘Great Britain are better than Brazil and
I’m looking forward to a final between the USA and GB.’ he said. Bring