England U16 Boys go down against Spain

ENGLAND Under-16 Boys matched their hosts for long periods, but lapses in concentration cost them dear and they lost out 5-1 to Spain in the Easter Four Nations Tournament in Valencia on Easter Saturday.

The first half looked to be heading for a goalless draw, with England defending well, but two late Spanish goals in the last two minutes spoiled their efforts.

Firstly Arnau De-Bruijn Lopez scored from a penalty stroke after a shot at goal had come off a defender’s foot on the goal line.

And then Eduardo Gonzalez doubled their lead less than a minute later with a powerful reverse stick shot from open play.

England reduced the deficit on 34 minutes through Havant’s Joe Brown, and England looked strong as they went in search of an equaliser.

But Spain extended their lead on the hour mark, Jose Basterra-Ochoa scoring from a penalty corner, and then adding his second from a drag flick a minute later to make it 4-1.

Finally, with two minutes left, he completed his hat-trick with a goal from a tight angle.

“After a promising first period some of the failings from the first day manifested themselves again,” said Head Coach Charlie Bannister. “We’re got some habitual things that we need to address quickly before tomorrow’s match against Germany.”

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