England U18 boys beat France

England U18 Boys graphic, July 20 2018

England U18 Boys 2 (0)
France U18 Boys 0 (0)

Ill-discipline proved a pivotal aspect of the game for England Under-18 Boys, who eventually ran out 2-0 victors against France at the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Santander, Spain, on Friday.

Under-18’s head coach Martin Jones hailed the way in which the team bounced back after Wednesday’s loss, saying: “We had a good rest day after the Spain game, the boys rallied well and got a well-deserved win against a resilient French team.”

It took 36 minutes to break the deadlock in a tense matchup between old rivals but England captain, Stuart Rushmere, was on hand to deliver the goods via a penalty corner.

A quick pair of green cards for Jonathan Lankford and Josh Gravestock briefly put England down to nine players, however the French failed to make the most of the advantage.

Five minutes from time, France’s Basile Fremaux received the first yellow card of the game on which England immediately capitalised as Karan Sofat doubled the lead after latching onto a well-worked move into the D from the line.

A minute from time, Jonathan Lankford received a yellow card but England clear and had an insurmountable lead as the game finished 2-0.

“We’ll go up against Ireland tomorrow which will no doubt be a very tough, hard fought game but we’ll look to end the tournament on a high,” added Jones.

England Under-18 Boys will have a quick turnaround as they will face Ireland in their final game of the tournament on Saturday at 1.45pm UK time.