Thrilling draw with Spain for England U18 Boys

England U18 Boys in action. Credit gpfoto.ie

* The above photo shows England U18 Boys in action. Credit: gpfoto.ie

England U18 Boys 2 (1)
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England Under-18 Boys turned in a battling display against a tough and physical Spanish outfit, settling for a 2-2 draw after having led two-nil until the final quarter.

Goals from Eddie Harper and Louis Tipper put England in front, before Spain fought back to salvage a point, but England’s performance gave Head Coach Jody Paul optimism.

“I’m happy to get another sound result following our opening win over Ireland yesterday,” he said. “We go into the rest day knowing that if we stick to the plan we can achieve good results.”

The first quarter was nip and tuck with both sides testing each other out, but England drew first blood on 21 minutes from open play. The ball was played down the right side and pulled back from the base line for Harper to fire under the goalkeeper.

Ten minutes later and their lead was doubled thanks to Louis Tipper. The build-up was similar to the first, with a ball down the right side being pulled back at the base line, where Tipper blasted into the roof of the net.

But Spain hit back, firstly on 46 minutes from open play. Despite making two great saves, England goalkeeper Ollie Juszt couldn’t keep out the third strike as Spain swarmed in the D.

And on 59 minutes, a well taken penalty corner gave Spain a share of the spoils.

England’s Six Nations Tournament continues on Wednesday when they face hosts the Netherlands (4pm UK time).