England U18 Boys lose out to Germany

TWO goals in the final five minutes saw England Under-18 Boys force penalty shuffles in their bronze medal match against Germany, but they lost out to their hosts in the Four Nations Tournament at Mannheim on Easter Monday.

England started well and defended strongly for much of the first half, with goalkeeper Elliot Bullman defending six penalty corners. But the Germans eventually broke the deadline from open play, with goals on 26 and 32 minutes.

England again tightened up and denied their rivals any more goals, and the deficit was halved on 65 minutes, Harry Skinner scoring from a penalty corner with a straight shot into the right corner.

And another penalty corner on 69 minutes saw Jack Clee score from the rebound and send the match to penalty shuffles. However, Germany proved more clinical and won 3-0.

“We are delighted with the development over the four days, particularly coming back from the huge disappointment of the Dutch game which shows character,” said Head Coach Jody Paul. “The lads have responded very well to the way we’re trying to play and develop over the cycle.”

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