Day Four: GB Super League Finals

A golden goal from Pennine Pumas’ Andy Bull helped them secure a thrilling 6-5 victory over Saxon Tigers in the men’s GB Super League final at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire on Sunday.

The two sides were never separated by more than one goal in a close contest.

Saxon Tigers thought they had the win in the bag when they scored in the final minute to go 4-5 ahead, but Pumas pulled one back to send the match into extra time and they scored the golden goal seven minutes later.

Henry Weir got the Pumas off to a good start with a goal from a corner routine after ten minutes, but the very next minute Tigers pulled level through Nick Bandurak from open play.

The scores remained unchanged until early in the second half, when Andrew Piper scored for the Tigers. But Sam Ward scored for the Pumas to draw level on 41 minutes, only for Bandurak to edge the Tigers back in front on 42 minutes.

Andy Bull’s first goal levelled the game on 48 minutes, only for Piper to score on 54 minutes. However, the tit-for-tat game saw the Pumas draw level at 4-4 with Ward scoring his second goal.

The Tigers went back in the front in the final minute of normal time through David Devey, only for the Pumas to throw themselves a lifeline with Chris Griffiths scoring a few seconds later.

And the crucial golden goal came on 77 minutes from Andy Bull.

In the men’s bronze medal match the Celtic Panthers men’s team beat Caledonian Cougars 3-0.

Alex Humphreys scored the breakthrough goal after 23 minutes, slotting the ball home from open play. Gareth Furlong doubled the lead on 62 minutes with Hassan Ali completing adding the third two minutes later.

Saxon Tigers women secured gold in the Great Britain Super League, beating the Pennine Pumas 4-0 in the day’s final match on Sunday.

Goals from Zoe Leach and Grave Balsdon gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead at half time, and they doubled their advantage with further goals from Els Mansell and Becky Halle after the break.

In the bronze medal game for the women, Celtic Panthers pulled off a shock 3-0 win over Caldeonian Cougars.

The Panthers had lost all three of their games in the contest and had failed to find the net once but in this match, they hit three goals to take bronze. Leah Wilkinson bagged a brace before Phoebe Richards added a third.