England Women Under-17s missed out on third place at the European Championships despite former York City RTC’s Under-16 captain Jess Park claiming her second goal of the tournament.
Opponents Finland therefore also achieve automatic qualification for the World Cup finals starting in Uruguay in mid-November following their 2-1 success in Lithuania..
Things certainly appeared promising for the young Lionesses when sixteen-year-old Park gave them a twelfth-minute lead.
However, Annika Huhta equalised at the beginning of the second-half before Jenni Kantanen added a second on the hour.
England responded with Park, who is now with Manchester City and also recently netted against Poland, hitting the crossbar from a free-kick with seventeen minutes remaining.
Six-time winners and holders Germany were later beaten 2-0 in the final by Spain.