Futures Cup: Day 3 round-up

Futures Cup: Day 3 round-up
Boys U15s competition:
FC D3 U15B Pumas 1 3 Leo
A final quarter frenzy saw Wessex Leopards snatch a 3-2 victory over Pennine Pumas and book their place in tomorrow's final.

Trailing by a singular goal for a large part of the game thanks to Will Tyson’s first-half strike, the Leopards put in a clinical final quarter performance as three goals in four minutes from the sticks of Will Dibiase, Jack Webb and Nick Schubach launched them into the ascendancy.

Stunned by the late turnaround, the Pumas fought to retaliate with Tyson getting his second of the game in the final minute, however it was too little too late as the team fell just short.

FC D3 U15B Cougars 6 1 Jags

Caledonian Cougars will join the Leopards in the final after putting in an emphatic performance as they thumped Celtic Jaguars 6-1.

Ben Galloway and Charlie Jack gave the team the dream start with goals inside the first six minutes.

Though Thomas Diamond pulled one back for the Jaguars, second-half goals from Adam Mackenzie, David Macrae, Jamie Croll and another Jack goal ensured a dominant victory for the Cougars.

Girls U15s competition:
FC D3 U15G Pumas 1 2 Tigers
Saxon Tigers battled to victory over Pennine Pumas in the first match of the U15s competition of the day to cement their place in the final.

Having looked strong through the opening encounters, the Tigers made their early dominance count as Tabitha Collier and Jessica Olorenshaw got on the scoresheet with some nice finishes.

Both teams struggled to make the most of their penalty corners as the Pumas looked to get back into the game and they did manage to pull one back through Holly Pears with ten minutes remaining. However, their attempted comeback was to be fraught as the Tigers’ resolute defending kept out the late attacks.

FC D3 U15G Cougars

Caledonian Cougars defeated Wessex Leopards 3-1 in an entertaining battle to book a tie against the Tigers in tomorrow's final.

The Cougars were in fine from right from the outset as they plundered in two goals inside the first three minutes, Ava Smith and Itske Hooftman converting for the team to get them off to the perfect start.

Olivia Henderson looked to have given the team a three-goal advantage at half-time when she found the target in the 30th minute, however, the Leopards charged up the field straight from the restart and clawed one back through Jess Dyson to make it 3-1.

After a spectacular end to the first-half, the final thirty minutes were more cagey as both teams cancelled each other out and defended well, though the Leopards got one back through Anna Edwards with two minutes left, it was too little too late as the Cougars successfully defended their lead.

Boys U17s competition:
FC D3 U17B Cougars
Caledonian Cougars and Wessex Leopards played out a thriller in the opening game of the day as a late surge of goals saw the teams draw 4-4.

The Cougars looked to be taking the game away as they dominated the opening-half, storming to a 3-0 lead after less than 20 minutes as Struan Walker, Alex Wilson and Ben Carroll netted.

But the Leopards refused to lie down and fired back with three goals in three final quarter minutes through Toby Power, Olly Witts and Jacob Payton to level the game at 3-3.

The Cougars restored their lead just three minutes later thanks to Jacob Tweedie’s field goal, however their advantage didn’t last long as Sam Mackenzie equalised just a minute later for a grand stand finish and to secure a draw.

FC D3 U17 Pumas 3 2 Tigers

Pennine Pumas got the better of Saxon Tigers with a hard fought 3-2 victory.
Louis Ridge opened the scoring for the Tigers with less than five minutes on the clock with a well worked field goal.

The Tigers doubled their lead thanks to an Oliver Hassell strike, however, they were only two up for less than a minute as Alfie Weaver quickly pegged them back.

A match that saw six green cards split evenly between the two teams had a dramatic finish as Weaver bagged a further two goals to complete his hattrick and seal a place for the team in tomorrow’s final.

Girls U17s competition:
FC D3 U17G Pumas 4 2 Lynx
Pennine Pumas came out on top in their match against Mercia Lynx with a compelling 4-2 victory.

It was a high intensity start to the match as a flurry of back to back goals saw the teams go into the half-time break level, both times scoring within two minutes of the opposition’s goal as Megan Cottee and Rebecca Walker netted for the Pumas whilst Lizzy Pocknell hit a brace for the Lynxes.

The second-half saw the Pumas assert their dominance with final quarter goals from Lottie Kietly and Rebecca Malyon seeing them past Mercia Lynx.

fc d3 u17g

Saxon Tigers sealed their place in Saturday’s final with a dramatic 1-1 draw against Caledonian Cougars.

Conceding a goal in the 56th minute, it looked like Ellie Mackenzie had put the Cougars in the final, however, Eloise Richards’ strike in the final minute sparked jubilant celebrations from the team as they booked their place in the final against Pennine Pumas.