England U16s NAGS test series reflection

NAGS Easter
England’s NAGS faced the Netherlands in a three match test series between the Boys and Girls U16s sides over the Easter weekend, see how the teams got on.

U16s Boys

Game 1 
England 4 - 7 Netherlands
Moorhouse (1’, FG)
Whitmore (41’, PC)
Degun (53’, FG)
Penrose (57’, PS)

Netherlands (13’, 19’, 20’, 33’, 39’, 46’, 58’)

Having started the series in the best fashion with a first minute goal, England were guilty of defensive shortcomings and allowed the Netherlands too many clear-cut goal scoring opportunities. Although England rallied to narrow the scores in the fourth quarter, the damage had been done in the second and third quarters.

Game 2
England 1 - 5 Netherlands
Chihota (54’, F)

Netherlands (17’, 27’, 34’, 36’, 50’)

In the second match, England's improved marking limited the number of Netherlands goals from open play, but clinical set piece plays from the Dutch proved decisive. Alex Chihota scored a fine goal, benefitting from a turnover ball, rounding the goalkeeper and calmly finishing into the sideboard.

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Game 3
England 3 - 5 Netherlands
Moorhouse (1’, FG)
Tully (33’, FG)
Drummond (57’, PC)

Netherlands (12’, 18’, 37’, 40’, 60’)

In the final match, England came out on the front foot with Tom Moorhouse scoring inside the first minute for the second time in three days. A slick open play goal and a penalty corner saw the Netherlands regain the lead, but Felix Tully drew England level having been set up by Moorhouse. Two quick goals for the Netherlands saw England behind going into the final quarter and despite a penalty corner goal for Ollie Drummond, England could not regain parity as the Dutch added a further goal with the final play of the game.

Head Coach’s comment:
“The opportunity for our team to challenge itself against high quality opposition is always exciting and rewarding. This series showed that while the group still has lots to learn, it is capable of performing at an international level and adapting to situations quickly to improve performances.”

Midfielder, Rory Penrose, commented:
“The work ethic of the team over the three days was really strong, but we found ourselves having to chase games too often. The result and nature of the third match showed our progress through the series.”

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U16s Girls

England U16’s Girls suffered three consecutive defeats to the Netherlands in their test series over the Easter weekend. 

Grace O’Malley-Kumar scored the sole English goal from a penalty corner in the first match as the Dutch showed their class with a 5-1 victory at Lilleshall. The visitors looked strong throughout with some clinical finishing on show as they emerged victorious despite a battling performance from England.

Whilst the following two games resulted in 1-0 defeats, there will be lots that England can look back on positively with both games being evenly contested throughout. A solid back-line for the Dutch prevented England from getting on the score-sheet despite creating some meaningful chances in their final two matches.

Head Coach, John Bell, commented:
“The experience, progress and development over three games against the Netherlands was invaluable to the England U16 girls over Easter weekend.

“The players competed well under extreme pressure from their opposition, learning about pressure when in possession and the importance of defending with intensity both individually and collectively.

“They will take these development areas and become stronger competitors as they come up against other European nations during the Summer programme.”

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