Spain loss for England U16 Boys

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

After starting well, England Under-16 Boys lost out to Spain in the opening match of a Six Nations Tournament in Ireland on Sunday.

England had good opportunities to score in the first quarter with Tom Moorhouse and Dylan Holland coming close. But it was tough going for England after the early promise with only three penalty corners to their name in the second half and none that resulted in any goals.

Goalkeepers Ollie Juszt and Oliver Smart both made a number of good saves from penalty corners to keep England in the game.

Both teams had two yellow cards during the game - Spain’s cards were for pushing off the ball and pushing the ball away, while England’s cards were for a stick tackle and going to ground in the process of making a tackle.

“We started the game well, were able to create some good opportunities,” said head coach Mark Bateman. “However once we fell behind it was difficult to turn the momentum back in our favour.

“In our next games we need to value possession and be more clinical in the circle. Spain is a team we don’t play on a regular basis and today was another chance for the squad to experience playing against a different style of hockey and in the long run they’ll be better for the opportunity.”

England are next in action on Tuesday when they take on hosts Ireland at 4pm.