England U18 boys to fight for bronze

England U18 boys line up July 2016

England Under-18 Boys 0 (0)
Germany Under-18 Boys 5 (2)

England Under-18 Boys will battle for the bronze medal at the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Ireland on Saturday, after they lost out to Germany in the semi finals on Friday.

They will face Belgium in their final match in Cork after losing 5-0, although their second half performance gave Head Coach Jody Paul something to be proud of.

"I thought Germany dominated the first half and we couldn’t get our game going,” he said. “But in the second half I was pleased with the resilience we showed and the chances we created. We just couldn’t get the ball in the net despite creating a number of chances.”

Germany opened their account after 19 minutes with Eric Knobling scoring from open play, and he scored again in similar style on 26 minutes.

England tightened up their defence and didn’t concede further in a bruising first half, but after the break Germany added further to their score with Leopold Harms securing their third goal from a 51st minute penalty corner, which had been needlessly conceded and led to England playing short-handed for a while.

As they were down to ten men, England conceded further with Raphael Hartkopf scoring on 62 and 63 minutes, leaving England with too much to do to battle back.

Their bronze medal match on Saturday in against Belgium at 3pm.