Futures Cup Day One

Thursday saw the start of the Futures Cup at Cannock Hockey Club. 

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Day One Round Up

In the under 18 girls’ tournament, there were opening day victories for the Mercia Lynx and Wessex Leopards.  It was the perfect start for the U18 Lynx girls who were two up just six minutes into their match against the Pennine Pumas.  King’s High pupil Emily Court, who plays her club hockey for Buckingham, put the Lynx ahead before Matlock’s Deborah Greer doubled the advantage from a penalty corner.  Into the second half another young Buckingham star, Lauren Thomas, converted a penalty corner to put the Mercia Lynx girls in command and although Jen Wilson of Wakefield Bradford pulled one back soon after the Lynx ran out 3-1 winners.  In the second match, featuring Wessex Leopards and Saxon Tigers, a Leopards goal in either half sealed a 2-0 victory for the blues.  Clifton College and Firebrands’ Lilly Owsley fired home from open play midway through the first half and the points were sealed by Chichester’s Charlotte Cox ten minutes into the second period.

There was a thrilling climax to the opening match of the under 18 boys’ tournament.  The Wessex Leopards looked to have sealed all three points having come from behind to lead with just six minutes remaining.  But their hopes were dashed as Martin Sutherland’s last minute goal for the Saxon Tigers ensured a share of the points in a 2-2 draw.  Folkstone’s Luke Smithard had given the Tigers the lead going into half time but Havant’s Ben Mackey equalised in the 53rd minute and just over ten minutes later Team Bath Buccaneers’ Alex Copestake looked to have set up the Wessex Leopards for the win.  Harvey Grammar School pupil Sutherland had other ideas though, scoring a 69th minute equaliser. 
There was also a late goal in the match between the Mercia Lynx U18 boys and the Pennine Pumas as Beeston’s Marcus Hooper netted the Lynx’ second in a 2-0 victory.  Hooper’s 68th minute goal came after one in the 48th minute from Reading’s Jack Hardy after a goalless first half.

Friday afternoon sees the next round of fixtures in the U18 tournaments with the U16 tournaments getting underway in the morning.

Follow the tournament, see tables and top scorer lists online at www.englandhockey.co.uk/futurescup

See the squads here.

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