Spain prevail in close match with England U16 Boys

England U16 Boys July 2016 - Russell - 450

Spain U16 Boys 4 (0)
England U16 Boys 3 (0)

Spain edged to victory over England Under-16 Boys at the end of a closely-fought clash on a sweltering second day of the Osaka Six Nations Tournament in Antwerp on Monday.

England twice battled back from behind to level with their opponents, but were caught short-handed at the back in the final minute as Spain clinched the winner with just seconds to spare.

“I’m happy that we’ve demonstrated the courage to come back twice from being behind,” said Head Coach Jerome Goudie. “But we didn’t take enough advantage of the ten minute yellow card that Spain received for going to ground in a tackle on 57 minutes.

“The last ten minutes we had two yellow cards ourselves which cost us the opportunity to take a draw or even a victory.”

Roger Figa put Spain ahead in the 19th minute from a penalty corner. He had injected the ball and received it on the left to score.

And Spain doubled their lead with Jan Dall scoring from open play on 33 minutes on the counter attack.

But England hit back on the stroke of half time from a penalty corner, Tom Russell (pictured) scoring with a drag flick straight down the middle.

Russell scored again on 45 minutes after great build-up play, pouncing on a rebound after Elliott Killington’s shot.

The scores were only level for five minutes before captain Ignacio Abajo scored for Spain with a reverse stick shot following another counter-attack.

However, England levelled again on 68 minutes, Finlay Newton scoring with a drag flick to the goalkeeper’s right hand side at a penalty corner.

However, Edu de Ignacio-Fimo secured the win for Spain with a 69th minute winner after he had beaten the full back and rounded the England goalkeeper.

A rest day on Tuesday is followed by a clash with the Netherlands on Wednesday.