Finals spot for England despite defeat

ENGLAND Under-18 boys will take on the Netherlands in the final of the Easter Four Nations Tournament in Germany, despite losing out 1-2 to their hosts in the final group match on Easter Sunday.

In a closely-fought tactical match, Germany drew first blood with an 112th minute goal, but Luke Taylor hit back on 44 minutes from a penalty corner, flicking home from the top of the D to the left.

However, Germany hit back on 57 minutes and clung on to their lead despite strong England pressure.

Over in Germany, England Under-18 girls battled to a 3-3 draw with Spain in their final group match of the Easter Four Nations Tournament on Sunday.

Spain struck twice on 7 and 20 minutes to go two goals ahead, but England hit back on 49 minutes when Hannah Pike deflected home a penalty corner on the left.

They were back level on 52 minutes when Emily Defroand scored a penalty stroke, awarded after she had been stick tackled.

Spain re-took the lead on 63 minutes, but England were not done yet and Kim Leiper levelled against with four minutes to go after a cross from the right by Rebecca Weston.

The Under-18 girls will meet Spain again tomorrow in their final match.

Despite having a large majority of the possession, England Under-16 Boys couldn’t turn it into goals and went down 3-0 in their latest match against Spain.

Their rivals led at half time with a late goal from Pol Parrilla Suarez, but England had battled well in the first period and dominated possession.

However, after the break Spain added further goals to secure the win, while England couldn’t respond.

The Under-16 boys will take on Germany in the play-off for third and fourth spots on Monday.

England Under-16 girls turned in a much-improved display in their third match of the Easter Four Nations Tournament in Germany, but they couldn’t hold their hosts off and lost 0-3 to Spain on Easter Sunday.

A good first half saw the game remain scoreless, but Spain took the lead through Belen Iglesias Marcof after 43 minutes.

14 minutes later they doubled their lead through Alicia Muionf Balet, and Iglesias Marcof added her second goal on 64 minutes to secure the win.

The Under-16 girls will now take on third-placed Germany in the play-off match on Easter Monday.