Futures Cup: Day 3 Round-Up

Futures Cup Day 3 1

Mercia Lynx boys and Saxon Tigers girls triumphed in the U16 Futures Cup competition after final day victories.

Mercia Lynx won the Under 16 boys competition finishing off in style, beating the Saxon Tigers 5-3. The goals came from Elliot Killington, Murray Whitaker, Joseph Allnutt, Josh Dent and Oscar Kay.

Murray Whitaker, who captained the Lynx today, said: “To captain the final game and to get three wins was a great feeling.

“I enjoyed the tournament because you are playing with people your own age and there’s a really high quality of hockey.”

Wessex Leopards and Pennine Pumas played out an enthralling 2-2 draw to end the day’s play. Greg Johnson and Ben Jones put the Pumas ahead but a brace from Hantian Wong levelled the scoring.

The Under 16 Saxon Tigers girls rounded off their brilliant campaign by overcoming the Lynx 2-0. Zoe Allchurch and Georgina Post found the net to ensure their side finished in first place. 

Madeline Wray, the Tigers captain said: “I am really proud of my team, we really worked together. We had some great opposition and there were some really hard games.

“It was a great event. It was the best experience and I really enjoyed it.”

Futures Cup Day 3 2

In the other game in their group, two goals from Emma Manton helped the Leopards secure a 3-2 victory against the Pumas.

In the Under 18s boys competition, Saxon Tigers yet again produced another superb display of hockey. They defeated Mercia Lynx 7-1, with Sam Barrett picking up his second hat trick in two days.

The Tigers will face Wessex Leopards in tomorrow’s final after they cruised to a 6-1 victory against Pennine Pumas. Goals from Evan Kimber, Tom Brooks, Dan Bowden, Ben Park, Sam Hooper and Ben Stevenson ensured the Leopards preserved their winning formula.

In the Under 18 girls competition, the Leopards and the Pumas were locked in a hard fought stalemate, with the final score finishing 1-1. Amy Stout put the Pumas ahead before Sophie Shakespeare equalised for the Leopards.

Even though final spots were guaranteed, the Lynx and the Tigers had to fight it out for top spot.  Goals from Jodie Beddow and Esme Burge confirmed the Lynx finished top of the table, after a 2-1 win.

The Under 18 finals both take place tomorrow with the titles up for grabs in both boys and girls' competitions.