Robson goal not enough for England U16 Boys

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England Under-16 Boys turned in a much-improved performance which drew praise from head coach Mark Bateman, but they went down fighting against Germany in the Six Nations Tournament in Ireland.

“This was a much improved performance in both aspects of the game,” said Bateman. “We were more effective in the final quarter of the pitch and created a good number of opportunities against a strong defensive unit.

“If we can value possession of the ball with greater frequency, and reduce the number of turnovers in key areas of the pitch, we will increase our likelihood of being able to convert good performances, into victories.”

England started the game in confident fashion, retaining possession well and creating the first real chance of the game with Ellis Robson finding the side net on his reverse.

However, it was Germany who took the lead after a period of patient build-up play in the English half, creating space for a ball to be played across the circle and deflected into the net at the back right post.

Both teams created good opportunities in the second quarter but couldn’t find a goal, German leading 1-0 at half time.

England equalised in the third quarter, a ball played into the circle from the right sideline by Seb Walton found its way to Ellis Robson who took a touch and cooly slotted the ball under the German goalkeeper.

With the game tied, both teams pushed hard to find a winning goal. England earned a number of penalty corners but a combination of good saves and penalty corner breakdowns kept the scores tied.

With five minutes to go England were penalised with a green card and, having repelled the German attacks for most of the two minutes, conceded a penalty corner which was converted via a straight flick.

England’s final match of the Six Nations Tournament sees them take on Belgium on Saturday afternoon.