Leopards and Tigers take wins in U18 Girls Futures Cup

Futures Cup 2016

Futures Cup U18 Girls.

Mercia Lynx 1 (1)
Hannah Macdonald 26 (FG)

Wessex Leopards 2 (1)
Izzy Petter 32, 61 (FG, FG)

Izzy Petter’s double strike got Wessex Leopards off to a winning start in an absorbing contest with the Mercia Lynx. The Lynx led through Hannah Macdonald’s 26th minute strike but Petter had other ideas, drawing the sides level before bagging the clincher with nine minutes left.

Both teams provided the assembled crowd with plenty of entertainment with some hard running and some determined attacking hockey. With both goalkeepers excelling themselves and defences providing some sterling work the game remained goalless until the 26th minute. A mazy run forwards caused confusion in the Leopards’ defence and Hannah Macdonald was on hand to slam home the loose ball.

The lead lasted six minutes before parity was restored. Petter won the ball high up the field, broke into the circle and rounded the goalkeeper before slotting in a nice backhand finish.

The second half continued in the same vein with both sides throwing everything at each other in an attempt to find a lead. Both teams enjoyed a period of dominance but it was during a spell in the ascendancy for Wessex that they found the goal they needed, Petter grabbing her second to give her team the win.

Saxon Tigers 8 (4)
Hannah Griggs 13, 53, 68 (FG, FG, FG)
Molly Redgrove 18 (PC)
Maddy Wray 20, 33 (FG, FG)
Maddy Davies 55 (PC)
Amy Thompson 59 (FG)

Celtic Jaguars 2 (1)

Lowri Ratti 32 (PC)
Sarah-Jayne Thorburn 67 (FG)

Hannah Griggs’ hat-trick helped Saxon Tigers to a comprehensive win in their Futures Cup clash with the Celtic Jaguars. Griggs struck the opening goal of an entertaining contest before adding her team’s fifth goal in the second half, completing her treble with two minutes remaining.

The Celtic Jaguars were on the back foot after Griggs’ opener was added to by Molly Redgrove’s penalty corner in the 18th minute. Maddy Wray struck a double before the break and although Lowri Ratti clawed one back for the Jaguars Saxon Tigers went into the interval in control.

Griggs notched her second in the 53rd minute and then two minutes later Maddy Davies got her name on the scoresheet with a penalty corner. Amy Thompson got in on the act but despite having a mountain to climb the Jaguars produced a series of chances and pulled another back via a Sarah-Jayne Thorburn strike in the 67th minute. Griggs had the last word, however netting her hat-trick just a minute later.   

All the results, scorers and fixtures can be found here.