Tigers in late drama again, all square between Pumas and Leopards

Futures Cup 2016

Boys U18 Futures Cup

Caledonian Cougars 3 (2)
Cameron Golden 17 (FG)
Fraser Calder 27, 66 (FG, FG)

Saxon Tigers 4 (0)
Morgan Males 60 (FG)
Zach Wallace 62 (FG)
Toby Stillwell 67 (FG)
Jagdeep Hanspal 70 (FG)

Saxon Tigers booked their place in the final of the U18 Boys Futures Cup with a dramatic 4-3 win over the Caledonian Cougars. After the previous day’s last ditch heroics to defeat the Mercia Lynx the Tigers once again snatched the victory with a last ditch goal, as Jagdeep Hanspal’s strike completed an incredible comeback of four goals in the last ten minutes.

Cougars led at the break via a well taken goal from Cameron Golden who rounded the goalkeeper to slot home after a turnover. Fraser Calder snapped up a rebound in the 27th minute to make it 2-0 and it looked like the Cougars’ ruthless streak in front of goal would capture them the three points.

Tigers stepped up their intensity at the start of the second half and pushed the Cougars onto the back foot. Jack Valentine flashed a shot past the far post and then Zach Wallace drew a fine save out of Timon van Rensburg in the Cougars’ goal. Will Hopkins was next to test out Van Rensburg’s reflexes but despite a flurry of chances they could not find their way back into the match.

Cougars threatened as well, Calder’s neat turn and run down the right forced Lekan Ogunlana into action with a good block. With ten minutes to go, the Tigers’ pressure paid off. A nice pass through from Hanspal freed Morgan Males who slotted home. Two minutes later Zach Wallace made it 2-2, lifting a lovely finish over the goalkeeper’s shoulder to level it up. Both sides threw caution to the wind in search of the next goal and Cougars found it. A turnover in the final third allowed Calder to fire home his second and his team’s third.

The lead lasted a minute and a break down the right set up Toby Stillwell who found the far corner to make it 3-3. With thoughts turning to a draw there was still time for one last twist. As they did yesterday, Tigers broke forwards with seconds left on the clock, Hanspal found space in the circle and calmly found the net for another dramatic winner.

The three points took Tigers to six from six and secured a place in the final.

Pennine Pumas 2 (2)
Liam Kennerley 15 (FG)
Dan West 29 (FG)

Wessex Leopards 2 (0)
Henry Baugniet 57 (PC)
Owen Williamson 62 (PC)

Pennine Pumas and Wessex Leopards could not be separated in an enthralling encounter which ended 2-2. The Pumas had moved into a commanding 2-0 lead at the half way point with goals from Liam Kennerley and Dan West, both form open play.

The second half was very even with both sides working hard to find the next goal. With defences on top it was looking like it would end in a 2-0 win, however with 13 minutes to go Henry Baugniet grabbed his second of the competition to restore hope for the Leopards. With eight minutes remaining Owen Williamson slotted in a penalty corner to make it 2-2.

There was almost another late twist as Liam Kennerley’s penalty corner thudded against the woodwork but it stayed 2-2 leaving the group wide open going into the last round of games.

All the results scorers and fixtures for the Futures Cup can be found here.