England v North Macedonia, 09 October 2009

Score6-3 to England
RefereeFredy Fautrel
CompetitionUEFA Under-21 Qualifying group 9
VenueRicoh Arena
Attendance20,074
Played at Coventry City FC. Kick-off: 7.45pm BST WWW.FA.COM MATCH REPORT England hit six to see off Macedonia Jamie Bradbury at Ricoh Arena Friday, 09 October, 2009 Carroll and Hines doubles help England beat Macedonia at Coventry England were made to work hard for the three points at Coventry, but finally finished off Macedonia in a nine-goal spectacle that saw the visitors come back from behind twice. Stuart Pearce’s side began their third Euro 2011 Group Nine Qualifier in a 3-5-2 formation, and looked to have seen off the early challenge when Kieran Gibbs and Micah Richards put them two up inside half an hour. But the plucky Macedonians responded twice to pull level, then did it again after Andy Carroll made it 3-2.. However, when Zavon Hines, on his debut made it four, it began an onslaught of the Macedonia goal that saw Hines and Carroll both bag braces – their first goals for the Under-21s. Macedonia started in the same vein as a month ago, and were inspired, not over-awed, by the occasion at Coventry. And the main protagonist was once again the no. 10, Agim Ibraimi, who hit their goal in the previous encounter in Prilep. He came close on a couple of occasions, a free-kick from 25 yards that was beaten out by Loach, low to his right. Then another chance inside the area with Michael Mancienne tracking him, but the Olimpija man dragged his shot wide. But it was The Three Lions who took the lead midway through the first half. Theo Walcott was knocked through into space inside the box. His first touch took him past goalkeeper Kristijian Naumovski to the by-line, but it was too tight for the shot. Instead, Walcott clipped towards the far post where Gibbs was waiting to nod over the last defender and in. They doubled their lead soon after. A corner from Wilshere was flicked on at the near post and captain Micah Richards was there with a powerful close-range header. At 2-0, Macedonia looked shell-shocked, but just before half-time, Muarem Muarem struck a free-kick from the right that found its way past Loach to give them a glimmer of hope. Walcott was forced off at half-time with a dead-leg, but it gave Hines, who spent a month on loan at the Ricoh Arena in 2008, the chance to win his debut. Carroll almost toe-poked a shot home on the turn just after the break, but found the netting. He was soon to find the net, though, but not before Macedonia had levelled. A ball into the feet of Ibraimi sent him on his way. A Mancienne slip gave the forward time and space, and he coolly knocked past Loach, despite a good attempt at the save. But parity was only restored for 60 seconds when Gibbs showed wonderful strength on the left hand side, losing his man before crossing to the near post. Carroll beat keeper Naumovksi to the ball and flicked into the net with his head. It was a very busy night for Gibbs, as three minutes later in his own area, a Macedonian corner was delivered from the right and the Arsenal man stretched out a leg to block the cross. He could do nothing but look on as the ball ricocheted through a crowded six-yard box beyond Loach and in to the net. Richards and Carroll both came close to putting England back in front, but a point-blank save from Naumovski and a referee’s whistle denied them both. Pearce reverted his team back to the familiar 4-4-2, with Hines joining Carroll in attack, and within minutes the West Ham striker justified the switch. Jack Wilshere played a short pass to Tom Cleverley and he rolled through the defence giving Hines something to run onto. One on one, he had Carroll and Rose in support, but decided to take the shot on, and did very well, slotting past the Rabotnicki stopper to put England back in charge. With ten minutes to go, Pearce’s men should have sealed the game. Hines wound up for a shot from 15 yards and slipped, knocking the ball into the path of Wilshere. He danced round the defence, dinking past Naumovski towards Carroll, but a boot from Dimitrovski cleared. It fell kindly to Hines, just ten yards out and he rifled towards goal. The impressive Naumovski made another strong, close-range save forcing over the bar. England were now camped out in the Macedonian box, knocking and knocking for a fifth. It finally came, via the boot of Carroll with four minutes to go. The Newcastle United striker was given time to turn on the penalty spot after a cross from Cleverley and he picked his spot, rolling past the stranded Naumovski and inside the post. There was one more in the pipeline though as Macedonia crumbled. Hines again, unmarked six yards from goal was picked out by a lofted pass from Carroll and he made it look easy, tucking away for England’s sixth of the night.

6  England

Manager: Stuart Pearce

3  North Macedonia

Manager: Boban Babunski

Goals:

Kieran Gibbs 22 G
Micah Richards 30 G
Andy Carroll 54 G
Zavon Hines 67 G
Andy Carroll 87 G
Zavon Hines 90 G

Goals:

Zekir Maurem 42 G
Agim Ibraimi 53 G
Kieran Gibbs own goal 58 OG

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Scott Loach
Defender Micah Richards
Defender James Tomkins
Defender/Midfielder Kieran Gibbs
Defender/Midfielder Michael Mancienne
Defender/Midfielder Jack Rodwell
Defender/Midfielder Danny Rose
Midfielder Tom Cleverley
Midfielder Jack Wilshere
Midfielder/Forward Theo Walcott
Forward Andy Carroll

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Kristijan Naumovski
Defender Vladimir Dimitrovski (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Goran Bogdanovic
Midfielder Betim Aliju
Midfielder Dragan Stojkov
Forward Agim Ibraimi
Forward Mirko Ivanovski

Substitutions:

Zavon Hines for Theo Walcott 46
Fabrice Muamba for Danny Rose 69
Danny Welbeck for Andy Carroll 90

Substitutions:

Marko Kostencovski for Goran Siljanovski 64
Ilija Nestorovski for Aleksandar Lazevski 72
Aleksandar Stankov for Mirko Ivanovski 90

Cards:

Jack Wilshere 52 Y

Cards:

Betim Aliju 28 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding
Defender Chris Smalling
Midfielder Fabrice Muamba
Midfielder Junior Stanislas
Midfielder/Forward Zavon Hines
Forward Danny Welbeck

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Marko Jovanovski
Defender Sedat Berisa
Defender Yani Urdinov
Midfielder Stefan Spirkovski
Midfielder/Forward Ilija Nestorovski