2018 Futures Cup - Day 2 Round-Up

Futures Cup 2018 - Day 2
Under 15 Boys’ Competition
Futures Cup 2018 - Result 10

Reigning champions Wessex Leopards secured their first points of Futures Cup 2018 with a hard fought victory over Caledonian Cougars.

An 11th minute goal from Will Porter was to prove the vital moment of the game as both sides battled hard.

Tomorrow’s game between Cougars and Mercia Lynx will determine which side progresses from Pool B to the final, with all three teams still in contention.

Futures Cup 2018 - Result 14

James Parkin, Archie Vaughan and Michael Greenwood each bagged themselves doubles as Pennine Pumas proved a force of nature in their first game of this year’s competition.

Vaughan struck firstly just before the end of the first quarter to add to earlier goals from William Airey and Ben Collison.

Their Celtic Jaguar opponents held them off for the rest of the first half but could do nothing to stop their rampant opponents after the interval, with Alex Greenaway scoring alongside Parkin, Vaughan and Greenwood.

Under 15 Girls’ Competition
Futures Cup 2018 - Result 9

A blistering start from Pennine Pumas was enough to secure them all three points against Wessex Leopards in the opening game on the second day of Futures Cup 2018.

Last year’s runners-up found themselves 2-0 ahead after just eight minutes thanks to a Claudia Swain corner and a field goal from Erica Morris-Adams.

Molly Fairbairn pulled one back for Leopards after 36 minutes but they couldn’t quite find the equaliser, meaning they have to wait for the result of tomorrow’s game between Pumas and Celtic Jaguars to see if they will make this year’s final.

Futures Cup 2018 - Result 13

Mercia Lynx are in with a strong chance of defending their title in the U15 Girls’ competition as they booked their place in the final in style, inspired by a Lily Johnson hat-trick.

Maddie Long scored her second goal in as many days to begin the scoring before Johnson struck shortly before half-time.

Lynx really turned up the wick in the second half as Sally Pethybridge grabbed a third before Johnson struck again, with Kirby Harris striking twice either side of her third goal while Isabella Nott also ensured she finished the game on the scoresheet.

Under 17 Boys’ Competition
Futures Cup 2018 - Result 12

Pennine Pumas kicked their Futures Cup tournament off in fine style with a six goal victory over Celtic Jaguars.

Archie Phillips opened the scoring after five minutes before Henry Croft added two more to give Pumas a three goal lead after just 16 minutes.

Oliver Manson added a fourth with a superb overhead finish shortly after before William Gibson’s double in the final quarter sealed the win in emphatic style.

Futures Cup 2018 - Result 16
Captain Louis Tipper’s nine minute hat-trick ensured Saxon Tigers became the third side to reach the finals of this year’s Futures Cup as they overcame Caledonian Cougars.

Tipper struck in the 49th, 55th and 58th minutes to seal the win for his team and ensure they will improve on last year’s fourth-placed finished.

That came after Will Mead followed his own hat-trick yesterday with a 15th minute goal before Adam Lee-Browne scored his second in as many days moments after the quarter break.

Under 17 Girls’ Competition
Futures Cup 2018 - Result 11

Last year’s U17 Girls’ champions Wessex Leopards became the first team this year to seal their spot in a 2018 Futures Cup final with a narrow win over Caledonian Cougars.

Following on from their 6-0 victory yesterday, Leopards were made to work hard to fashion any clear-cut chances, with Cougars initially thinking they’d taken the lead from a corner. However the ball had been slapped above the backboard and was thus disallowed.

Olivia Freer was to prove to be the eventual match winner as she scored a field goal seven minutes from time to give her team the chance of defending their title.

Futures Cup 2018 - Result 15

Hannah Smith’s second half goal was enough to ensure Pennine Pumas overcame defending champions Saxon Tigers in an enthralling game.

Pumas took the lead in just the second minute through Annabel Bennett but Tigers captain Charlotte Summers equalised six minutes later.

But Smith’s field goal just after half-time initially separated the two closely matched sides before Hannah MacDonald struck with ten minutes remaining to seal the win.