Wycombe Boys & Beeston Girls victorious in U18 Cup Finals

Wycombe Boys and Beeston Girls proved victorious in the U18 Cup Finals sponsored by Man which were held at Oxford Hawks Hockey Club over the weekend 31 March – 1 April.

Boys Finals

The Boys competition was played on the Saturday and also featured the culmination of the Plate competitions.

In the first of the Plate semis Belper defeated Colchester 3-0 with goals from Jake Trembling and two for captain James Couzens. The second semi was a lot closer affair with Reading and West Bridgford Monarchs ending the game 1-1, Reading’s Joe Mahony cancelling out Richard Lloyd-Mills first half goal. Reading led the penalty shoot-out 3-2 but Bridgford turned that round to win it 4-3 and set up an all-East Midlands final. Lloyd Mills was also on target in the final opening the scoring on 3 minutes but by half time Belper had turned the game around thanks to goals from Josh McCallion and Couzens again.  Charlie Redfern made it 3-1 early in the second half and no further goals meant that it was Belper who ran out winners. Reading beat Colchester 2-1 in the Boys 3rd v 4th match.

Belper U18 Boys Cup 2012

The Cup competition opened with a 3-2 win for Wycombe against Beeston. The teams exchanged goals with Sam Burroughs twice putting Wycombe ahead only to be pegged back by Charlie Parker and Tom Groombridge. Wycombe’s winner came with 10 minutes to go through Josh Mardell. In the second semi Woking took an early lead from Jonny Pike which was cancelled out by Southgate’s Joe Gandhi. However Woking then powered away to win 5-1 with a further goal from Pike, two for Chirs Way and one for Tim Downes. In the final Hugo Clark gave Wycombe the lead only for Pike to equalise just before the break. Both teams had good chances in the second half and it took a stroke with two minutes to go to break the deadlock in the favour of Wycombe, Liam Ansell converting it. With Woking desperately searching an equaliser Sam Burroughs made the game safe in the last seconds and to give Wycombe the U18 cup to go with the indoor cup they won back in January. Beeston beat Southgate 2-1 to take third place.

Wycombe U18s Cup 2012

Girls Finals

In Sunday’s Girls finals Chelmsford and Cannock met in the first Plate semi. Maddie Newlyn gave Chelmsford the lead but Cannock hit back with goals from Sophie Tibbetts and Lauren Bradbury. Chelmsford took the game to strokes when Charlotte McGuiness netted from a corner with four minutes to go. Chelmsford led the stroke barrage 3-2 but two saves Cannock keeper Gemma Brookes helped her side win it 4-3. In the second semi Isca took on Saffron Walden and the game was decided in Isca’s favour by a solitary goal from Jo Burrington just before half time.   The Plate final ended 0-0 to set up Cannock’s second penalty shootout of the day and they again proved successful to lift the Plate 3-1 after strokes. Chelmsford beat Saffron Walden 3-2 in the 3rd v 4th game.

Cannock U18 Girls National Finals

In the first Cup semi Lou Ranson gave Southgate a 1-0 half time lead over Firebrands but the Bristol side turned things around in the second half with goals from Amelia Andrew and Holly Simpson.  Teddington gained an early initiative in the second semi against Beeston when Juliette Inverdale converted a seventh minute stroke but Fabienne Peters equalised and Lowri McIntosh put the Bees in front on the stroke of half time.  In the second half Beeston pulled away and ran out 5-1 winners with Steph Hale, Katie Hopkisson and Meg Byas on target. In the final Firebrands did well to hold Beeston to 0-0 at half time but the pressure told in the second half and goals from Kim Leiper and Lowri McIntosh secured victory for Beeston.  In the third place play off game Teddington defeated Southgate.

We are just waiting for further images from the girl's competitions and will upload them as soon as we get them.

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