U16 Boys fall to the Dutch

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England U16 Boys 1 (0)
Netherlands U16 Boys 7 (3)

England Under-16 Boys fell to the Netherlands in the Six Nations Tournament in Ireland, despite putting together some periods of quality hockey in Cork on Friday.

They started the game in a positive manner, moving the ball well but without creating many clear goal scoring opportunities.

In the middle of the first quarter the Netherlands turned over the ball on the side line and with fluid counter-attacking play were able to score via a deflection off an England foot in the circle.

In the second quarter two quick-fire goals from the Netherlands, both from counter-attacks from England outletting, stretched the lead to 3-0 at half time.

In the third quarter a foul by Oliver Smart in the circle gave away a penalty stroke which was emphatically converted by the Netherlands. One minute later, the Netherlands scored another rapid counter attack, the finish a delicate chip over the oncoming England goalkeeper. Then just before the end of the third quarter, the Netherlands scored a penalty corner with a drag flick.

England scored a consolation goal, with Tom Moorhouse deflecting in a penalty corner flicked by Harry Croft-Baker mid-way through the fourth quarter. The Netherlands added a seventh goal just before the end of the game with another counter attack goal finished after an initial save by Smart.

“There were some tough lessons for the players against a clinical goal scoring team,” said head coach Mark Bateman. “While we approach every game with the intent to play our best hockey, we know that won’t always be the case and today was an example of that.

“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play against a Belgian team we have played previously and we will approach that with renewed purpose and intensity.”