Futures Cup Day Two

Day two of the Futures Cup saw the commencement of the boys and girls under 16 tournaments, following on from Thursday’s opening games in the under 18 tournaments.

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There were wins for the Wessex Leopards and the Saxon Tigers in the opening games of the U16 girls tournament with nine goals scored across the two matches.  Kingston Grammar pupil Annabel Sams, who plays for Teddington, put the Leopards ahead in their game with the Pennine Pumas with Pippa Barnes of Team Bath Buccaneers and Firebrands’ Rebekah Walker adding two more before Springfields’ Jessica Omasoli pulled back a consultation goal for the Pumas with nine minutes remaining.  Staying with the U16 girls tournament, Sevenoaks’ Lilly Elliott scored two penalty corners, one in either half, to set the Saxon Tigers on their way to a 5-0 win over the Mercia Lynx girls.  Southgate’s Megan Crawson added a third shortly after Elliott’s second with Ipswich’s Lowri Davies and Surbiton’s Ellie Tait completing the scoring.

In the opening round of fixtures in the U16 boys tournament the Saxon Tigers boys were 5-0 victors over the Wessex Leopards and the Pennine Pumas came from behind to defeat the Mercia Lynx U16 boys 2-1.  Three goals in the opening nine minutes of the match set the Tigers well on their way as Hailsham’s Will Furlong scored a sixth minute penalty corner and Chelmsford’s Harry Raynor and East Grinstead’s Oliver Ashdown netted goals from open play to race into a 3-0 lead.  Further goals from Felix Ward (Ipswich) and James Gall (Surbiton) before halftime made it 5-0.  And the Pennine Pumas performed a remarkable turnaround as Ryan Carsley (Wakefield) and Jonathan Verity (Deeside Ramblers) both scored to cancel out Joe Brownhill’s first half goal for Mercia Lynx.  Verity’s winner in the 50th minute came from the penalty spot.

It is wide open in the U18 girls tournament after the Wessex Leopards drew 1-1 with the Pennine Pumas and the Saxon Tigers put their day one defeat behind them to beat Mercia Lynx 3-1.  It means that three points separates the table-topping Leopards and the Pumas in fourth with one group match remaining.  Southampton’s Sarah Johns gave the Leopards a seventh minute lead but the Pennine Pumas U18 girls hit back just before the break through Liverpool Sefton’s Laura Pegram’s penalty corner goal.  In the second match, three goals from three different scorers – Martine Chichizola (Barnes), Lucy Hyams (Canterbury) and Jasmine James (Surbiton) – put the Saxon Tigers girls 3-0 up with 38 minutes gone.  Although Joanna Leigh scored on her home ground at Cannock to pull one back for the Mercia Lynx midway through the second half the Saxon Tigers ran out 3-1 winners.

The race is on to catch the Mercia Lynx in the U18 boys tournament after they sealed a place in Sunday’s final with a game to spare after picking up all three points from their encounter with the Saxon Tigers.  Pangbourne pupil Jack Hardy opened the scoring in the second minute, firing home his second of the tournament, before Oxford Hawks’ Sam White doubled the advantage.  Surbiton’s Joe Mills halved the deficit from a 27th minute penalty corner and with 37 minutes on the clock, Tigers captain Tom Batchelor equalised.  But it wasn’t to be for the Saxon Tigers as White put the Mercia Lynx back in front and home favourite Christian Bent made sure of the place in the final from a 48th minute penalty corner, 4-2 the final score.  In the final match of the day the Pennine Pumas and Wessex Leopards played out a 2-2 draw.  Ben Rhydding’s Sam French scored a penalty corner in either half to put the Northerners 2-0 up but two more penalty corners, from Havant’s Daniel Faulkner and Exeter University’s Josh Hood, secured a share of the points from the Leopards.

Saturday sees the second round of matches in the U16 tournaments with the U18s playing their final pool matches ahead of Sunday's classification matches*.

See scores, goal scorers, tables and top goal scorer lists here.

*The U16 tournament is played on a round robin format with the U18s playing a round robin with first playing second in the final and third playing fourth on Sunday.

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