Drama as England U18 Boys hit back against Germany

Rushmere gives England U18 boys the lead, July 17 2018

England U18 Boys 3 (1)
Germany U18 Boys 3 (2)

Two goals down in the first quarter, England Under-18 Boys hit back in style to salvage a dramatic 3-3 draw with Germany in the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Santander, Spain, on Tuesday.

With just three minutes left England were actually ahead, but a late equaliser from Germany saw them take a share of the spoils.

“It was very much the game we expected following our recent series in Germany,” said head coach Martin Jones, referring to the a series where England had been two goals down but again fought back to 3-3.

“It was a difficult game throughout but the boys dug deep and we’re relatively happy to come out with a draw.”

Germany took the lead through a penalty corner in the seventh minute from Benedikt Schwarzhaupt, and doubled their advantage six minutes later with Maximilian Siegburg scoring from open play.

But England stemmed the flow of goals through the second period, and halved the deficit on 29 minutes with Stuart Rushmere finding the goal at a penalty corner routine. From the top of the D1

Buoyed by their score, England continued to push and were rewarded on 35 minutes with Morgan Males scoring from a penalty stroke after the initial penalty corner had hit a body on the line.

A flurry of green and yellow cards for both sides resulted in a hotly-contested end to the match.

England went 3-2 ahead with Rushmere’s second goal coming from open play on 51 minutes, a superb solo twisting and probing run from Rushmere on the left giving them the lead (pictured). But Germany levelled with three minutes remaining, Erik Kleinlein scoring a field goal.

A late penalty corner in the last seconds was kept out by Germany – who had a kicking back in place of goalkeeper – and the match ended in a draw.

England Under-18 Boys have their final pool match tomorrow, Wednesday, starting at 7pm UK time.