ELLEN WHITE’S double gave dominant Crew GB a cushty 2-0 win over Chile of their opening match on the Tokyo Olympics.
The Manchester Metropolis striker struck in every half to offer a Crew GB facet that includes North-East duo Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze in addition to North Yorkshire defender Rachel Daly a profitable begin to their marketing campaign in Japan.
That Hege Riise’s facet failed so as to add to the scoreline owed a lot to their very own profligacy and determined, last-ditch, defending from Chile.
They now face the hosts Japan in Sapporo on Saturday earlier than taking part in Canada in Kashima to finish Group E subsequent Tuesday.
After Maria Jose Urrutia shot extensive for Chile early on, Crew GB took management in Sapporo and had been denied an opener by the offside flag after 11 minutes.
White turned in from shut vary when Christiane Endler parried Georgia Stanway’s low effort however the striker’s celebrations had been accurately lower quick.
However Crew GB didn’t have to attend lengthy as White opened the scoring after 18 minutes.
Bronze’s deep cross was nodded again by Lauren Hemp and White cashed in from six yards.
Riise’s facet had been a relentless menace, with Stanway having a shot blocked whereas Hemp and Millie Brilliant fired off beam.
Chile had been outplayed, particularly in midfield, and Kim Little was thwarted as Crew GB chased a second when her shot was blocked in first-half stoppage time.
Crew GB continued their dominance following the break and Hemp shot over after a neat transfer earlier than Chile survived a VAR scare when Carla Guerrero appeared to take out White, just for the ahead to be dominated marginally offside.
Chile supplied no menace, with Ellie Roebuck a second-half spectator in purpose, and the spectacular White lastly added a second with 17 minutes left.
Her flick was laid off to Bronze by substitute Nikita Parris and Bronze crossed for White to acrobatically volley in from six yards.
Harrogate-born Daly shot at Endler as Crew GB continued to dominate, however there was no use for Riise’s facet to push with the sport already received and the factors secured.