June 14, 2015 / 12:12 AM / 4 years ago

Kirby inspires England to 2-1 win over Mexico

Jun 13, 2015; Moncton, New Brunswick, CAN; England forward Fran Kirby (22) scores a goal during the second half against Mexico in a Group F soccer match in the 2015 FIFA women's World Cup at Moncton Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Second-half goals from Francesca Kirby and Karen Carney lifted England to a 2-1 win against Mexico in Moncton on Saturday.

Kirby scored with an outstanding individual effort inside the penalty box to score England’s first goal of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in the 71st minute, while Carney headed in a pinpoint cross from Alex Greenwood in the 82nd minute.

Kirby’s goal was especially satisfying. The 21-year-old Reading striker quit the game four years ago due to depression as a result of dealing with her mother’s death due to a brain hemorrhage when Kirby was 14.

She and Carney rallied No. 6 to a much-needed lead before Mexico’s Fabiola Ibarra gave her team hope with a goal in stoppage time, but there was little time for an equalizer.

England, 1-0-1, will finish its Group F stage against Colombia in Montreal, while Mexico, 0-1-1, will play France in Ottawa. Both games are set for Saturday.

Reporting by Tim Wharnsby in Toronto. Editing by Andrew Both

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