Bateman praises squad despite defeat

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England U16 Boys 3 (1)
Spain U16 Boys 4 (2)

A battling performance from England Under-16 Boys drew praise from head coach Mark Bateman, but it wasn’t enough to stop them narrowly losing out 4-3 to hosts Ireland in the Six Nations Tournament in Cork on Tuesday.

“At times, and in particular during the fourth quarter, the team showed the level of performance they are capable of achieving,” said Bateman.

“Given our performance in the first half we showed real determination and composure to bring ourselves back into the game and, but for a few pieces of misfortune, we could have taken the game to shuffles or won over the course of the 60 minutes.

“The team are determined to show in our remaining fixtures the level of play they are capable of and are keenly looking forward to the game tomorrow.”

Ireland scored with their first attack of the game, carrying the ball easily into the top right of the circle and finishing into the far side of the net. An even game then followed for the remainder of the first quarter with both teams creating opportunities from open play and via penalty corners.

England tied the match through Tom Moorhouse, scoring a spin shot from near the baseline of the left side of the circle to leave the teams level at the end of the first quarter.

Very much like the start of the first quarter, Ireland scored from their first attack of the second quarter with a carry into the left side of the circle finished low in the far corner of the net.

At the start of the third quarter Ireland moved further ahead with a penalty corner flicked to the right side of Oliver Smart.

For the rest of the game England had control and earned a deserved second goal in the fourth quarter through a Tom Moorhouse penalty corner deflection with England having removed their GK for an extra outfield player.

But with England’s goalkeeper off, Ireland were able to score from a counter attack but there was still time for Ellis Robson to score a fierce straight flick and for England to create an excellent deflected shot at goal with less than ten seconds remaining, only for the Ireland goalkeeper to make a fine diving save to earn his team the win.