Strong performance not enough against the Netherlands

England U16 Girls, July 19 2018

England U16 Girls 0 (0)
Netherlands U16 Girls 2 (0)

Despite turning in what head coach John Bell branded as their strongest performance so far, England Under-16 Girls went down two-nil to the Netherlands in the Six Nations Tournament in Ireland on Thursday.

Bell hailed his team’s skill and effort in the game, but despite that they lost out two-nil to the Netherlands.

“It was a tight game for the first two quarters,” said head coach John Bell. “Both teams outletted with speed and skill.

“Holland had the slight advantage with the number of penalty corners and shots on goal.

“It wasn’t until the last play of the third quarter when there was a controversial decision and a penalty stroke awarded. The goalkeeper dived to the left and nearly made the save, but not quite.

“England fought hard in the last quarter but Holland secured the game 2-0 with a penalty corner. It was England’s strongest performance of the tournament so far.”

Mikki Roberts gave the Netherlands the lead from a penalty stroke after 45 minutes, before Isis Van Loon doubled their lead on 50 minutes from a penalty corner routine.

England Under-16 Girls will now face Belgium on Saturday morning in their final match of the Six Nations Tournament, and will be looking for a similar performance to earlier in the week when they defeated Ireland and Spain.