Futures Cup Day Two

In the opening matches of the Under 16 girls tournament there were wins for the Saxon Tigers and Pennine Pumas, with both teams helped on their way by double strikes.  In the day’s early match, the Saxon Tigers came from behind to beat the Mercia Lynx girls 3-1. Elinor Thomas had given the Lynx the lead inside 4 minutes but two goals from the Tigers’ captain Megan Crowson and one from Canterbury’s Catherine Parker sealed victory. 

Saxon Tigers U16 (yellow) v Mercia Lynx U16 action from the 2011 Futures CupThe Pennine Pumas pounced early against the Wessex Leopards in the second of the Under 16 girls matches.  City of York’s Eleanor Martin got her side off to a dream start with Beth Cordukes adding a second before the break.  Cordukes, of Kirby Lonsdale, netted her second after half time to make it 3-0 before Tori Wensley, who plays her hockey for Sheffield Hallam, made it 4-0.  The result puts the Pumas on top of the table after one match.

SAXON TIGERS 3 (1) - 1 (1) MERCIA LYNX
Megan Crowson 24, 50 (FG, PC)           Elinor Thomas 3 (FG)
Catherine Parker 50 (FG)             

PENNINE PUMAS 4 (2) - 0 (0) WESSEX LEOPARDS
Eleanor Martin 7 (F)           -
Beth Cordukes 27,44 (F,F)            
Tori Wensley 64 (F)             

  U16 Girls P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Pennine Pumas 1 1 0 0 4 0 4 3
2 Saxon Tigers 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
3 Mercia Lynx 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
4 Wessex Leopards 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0

In the Under 16 boys tournament, there was no doubting the match of the day as the Pennine Pumas and Wessex Leopards played out an incredible 4-4 draw.  A hat-trick from the Leopards’ William Seward from Marlborough looked as if it was going to be enough when he scored the Leopards’ fourth to go 4-3 up with five minutes to go but Ben Rhydding’s Josh Sykes struck the equaliser with a last minute penalty corner.  Woking’s Matthew Ming scored the Leopards’ other goal, while Guy Mills, Elliot Dowley and birthday boy Tom Sorsby all got on the score sheet for the Pennine Pumas.

There might have been fewer goals in the other match but a 1-0 win for the Mercia Lynx puts them top overnight. Worcester’s Daniel Ferrier bagged the game’s only goal and all three points for the boys in red.

PENNINE PUMAS 4 (1) - 4 (1) WESSEX LEOPARDS
Guy Mills 30 (PC)           William Seward 11, 41 65 (F, F, PC)
Elliot Dowley 37 (F)           Matthew Ming (F) 
Tom Sorsby 58 (F)            
Josh Sykes 69 (PC)             

SAXON TIGERS 0 (0) - 1 (1) MERCIA LYNX
-           Daniel Ferrier 38 (F)

  U16 Boys P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Mercia Lynx 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
2 Pennine Pumas 1 0 1 0 4 4 0 1
3 Wessex Leopards 1 0 1 0 4 4 0 1
4 Saxon Tigers 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Wessex Leopards U16 boys in action against the Pennine Pumas U16 boys at the 2011 Futures Cup

The Saxon Tigers Under 18 girls made it two wins from two as they defeated the Pennine Pumas on Friday. Sevenoaks’ Lucy Wood got things going with a 13th minute goal but St Mary’s student Eleanor James equalised soon after. As the sides swapped goals, Hannah Martin put the Tigers back in front with a 23rd minute penalty corner; it was the second goal in as many days for the young Ipswich player. Five minutes after the break, Lily Elliot, another of Sevenoaks’ young stars made it 3-1 with a penalty corner.

Despite the Tigers’ victory, they’re still second on goal difference behind the Wessex Leopards after Rebecca Van-Berkel’s double secured all three points against the Mercia Lynx girls.  The Leopards captain, who plays her club hockey for Trojans in Southampton, struck penalty corners either side of half time in the 2-0 victory.

SAXON TIGERS  3 (2) - 1 (1) PENNINE PUMAS
Lucy Wood 13 (F)           Eleanor James 17 (PC)
Hannah Martin 23 (PC)            
Lily Elliott 40 (PC)            

MERCIA LYNX 0 (0) - 2 (1) WESSEX LEOPARDS
-           Rebecca Van-Berkel 30,41 (PC,PC)

  U18 Girls P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Wessex Leopards 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6
2 Saxon Tigers 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 6
3 Mercia Lynx 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0
4 Pennine Pumas 2 0 0 2 2 8 -6 0

In the Under 18 boys tournament, there was little to prize apart the Mercia Lynx and Wessex Leopards boys as they drew a six goal thriller 3-3.  Cirencester’s Tom Groombridge set the Leopards on their way and Ed Matts of Team Bath Buccs made it 2-0 in the 21st minute.  But the Leopards couldn’t hold on as the Mercia Lynx boys roared back with goals from Tom Morris (Cannock) and James Speke (Bridgnorth) before the break.  All square at the start of the second half, Morris bagged another to put the Lynx ahead for the first time but another Team Bath Buccaneers player, Tom Alsop, made it 3-3.

In the second match of the day in the Under 18 boys tournament, the Saxon Tigers beat the Pennine Pumas 2-0 to go top outright.  Holcombe’s Robert Field scored from open play 20 minutes in and it remained 1-0 until 14 minutes from the end when East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor, a pupil at Whitgift School, made it 2-0 from a penalty corner.

MERCIA LYNX 3 (2) - 3 (2) WESSEX LEOPARDS
Tom Morris 29,39 (F,PC)           Tom Groombridge 16 (F)
James Speke 33 (F)           Ed Matts 21 (F)
            Tom Alsop 53 (PC)

SAXON TIGERS 2 (1) - 0 (0) PENNINE PUMAS
Robert Field 20 (F)           -
Luke Taylor 56 (PC)            

  U18 Boys P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Saxon Tigers 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 6
2 Wessex Leopards 2 1 1 0 6 4 2 4
3 Mercia Lynx 2 0 1 1 4 6 -2 1
4 Pennine Pumas 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0

Saturday sees the final pool matches in the girls and boys under 18 tournaments with places in Sunday’s final at stake.


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