England U18 boys target final in Holland

ENGLAND Under-18 boys look set to reach the finals of the Easter Four Nations Tournament in the Netherlands after beating the hosts 4-3 on Easter Saturday.

Some fine individual performances were coupled with great team-work when it mattered as England secured a crucial victory which leaves them on the verge of reaching Monday’s final.

Arjan Drayton Chana scored twice for England and helped make the opening goal for Jonny Ruiz. Rob Farrington also scored.

Earlier in the day, two goals in two minutes from Guy Mills helped England Under-16 boys battle back from behind to secure a draw against the Netherlands.

The Netherlands took an early lead with Jasper Luykx scoring after just four minutes. He came down the centre of the D, and after several mis-traps by England he fired between the goalkeeper’s legs.

And seconds before the break they doubled their lead through Morris de Vilder, who scored from a penalty corner with a low shot.

But England battled on, and on 56 minutes they pulled a goal back from a penalty corner after a good period of pressure, Guy Mills firing home with a drag flick to the goalkeeper’s right.

And England Under-21 women also drew 2-2, bringing to an end their thrilling Test Series with the USA at Lilleshall.

Cherry Seaborn and Emily Atkinson scored the crucial goals for England, while the USA – who led twice – had Laura Gebhart and Tara Vitesse to thank for their goals.

But there was no such luck for England Under-16 and Under-18 girls, who both suffered defeats in their Easter Four Nations International Tournament matches in Germany.

The Under-18s lost out 2-7 to the Netherlands with Kate Holmes and Lucy Wood scoring their goals in the first half before England conceded four second half goals without reply.

And the Under-16s were beaten 8-0 by the Netherlands. They competed well in the first half and were only one goal down, but a couple of injuries in the second half handed the Dutch the advantage and they capitalised well.