Germany too strong for England U16 Girls

England U16 Girls, July 18 2018

England U16 Girls 0 (0)
Germany U16 Girls 3 (2)

England Under-16 Girls suffered their first defeat of the Six Nations Tournament, losing 3-0 to Germany in Ireland on Wednesday.

England enjoyed some good periods of play, but they were one player down from the start of the match and then lost another early in the second quarter to a wrist injury which made it tough for them to come back.

Head coach John Bell said: “We were under pressure right from the start. The Germans pressed very effectively and that made us make some poor decisions which led to pressure on our own goal.

“We fought back in the second half and managed to improve on our basics and got some penalty corners and circle entry but just couldn’t find the net.”

Germany took an early lead with Antonia Lonnes scoring from a penalty corner routine after just four minutes, and she doubled Germany’s lead ten minutes later, again from a penalty corner.

Despite losing Maddie Axford to a wrist injury early in the second period England managed to stem the flow of German goals for the rest of that quarter – but conceded a third on 34 minutes with Jette Fleschutz scoring from open play.

England did improve and began to create some chances later in the game, but they couldn’t find a way through the German defence.

England Under-16 Girls face the Netherlands tomorrow afternoon, while their final match on Saturday morning is against Belgium.