Leopards and Pumas set up final showdown.

Wessex vs Caledonian U16B Futures Cup

Boys U16 Futures Cup 

Wessex Leopards 7 (3)
Robbie Maclean 12 (FG)
Jay Piset 22 (FG)
Owen Pastides 30 (FG)
Alex Pendle 45, 53 (FG, FG)
Toby Pallister 50 (FG)
Louis Wrenn 66 (PC)

Caledonian Cougars 2 (1)
Struan Walker 18, 70 (FG, FG)

Wessex Leopards secured a finals berth with a superb 7-2 win over Caledonian Cougars. Two goals from Alex Pendle as well as five other goalscorers ensured the Leopards put Cougars to the sword to make it two wins from two.

In a cut-and-thrust first half Robbie Maclean drew first blood with the opener for the Leopards but his effort was cancelled out by Struan Walker’s 18th minute effort. Jay Piset opened his account in the 22nd minute to make it 2-1 and then Owen Pastides’ strike in the 30th made it 3-1.

Walker struck the woodwork with a penalty corner as the Cougars mounted a strong offence in an attempt to get back in the game whilst at the other end Pastides was well kept out by Seth Van Rensburg. With the Cougars pushing forwards in numbers Wessex had to be on the guard. They defended courageously with Louis Wrenn in particularly looking rock solid in his own half.  
IN the 45th minute Wessex struck another to make it 4-1. Pendle won the ball just outside the circle, beat two defenders and fired home a tidy backhand finish.

Matthew Taylor, a half time replacement in goal for the Cougars did well to see off a series of penalty corners and then Pendle struck the upright after a nice piece of skill in the circle.  Toby Pallister slotted in a beautifully worked penalty corner for goal number five and then a slick combination between Joshua Rundle and Pendle set up the No6 for his second of the match.

Taylor managed a brave piece of goalkeeping, blocking a Wessex penalty corner with his face mask but there was nothing to do stop Louis Wrenn firing home a penalty corner rebound four minutes from time. Walker added his second goal in the 70th minute but the Leopards were not to be denied and took the win and a place in the final.

Celtic Jaguars 1 (0)
Adam Gilchrist 56 (PC)

Pennine Pumas 7 (5)
Matthew White 4, 17 (FG, PS)
Ollie Burton 19 (FG)
Ben Entwistle 32, 61 (PC, FG)
Zak Jolly 35 (FG)
William Gibson 58 (FG)

Pennine Pumas took their place in the weekend’s final with a superb 7-1 win over the Celtic Jaguars. Matthew White continued his fine goalscoring run with two goals, taking his tally to four for the tournament whilst Ben Entwistle also found a brace as the Pumas’ ruthless streak in front of goal paid dividends.

White opened the scoring in the fourth minute from open play and added a penalty stroke 13 minutes later as his side started strongly. Ollie Burton made it 3-0 and then before the break there were two goals in quick succession for the Pumas through Entwistle and Zak Jolly to make it 5-0.

Jaguars came out for the second half with a renewed purpose despite their deficit and were unlucky not to reduce the arrears. Their efforts eventually paid off as Adam Gilchrist converted a penalty corner in the 56th minute.

William Gibson and Entwistle added two more before the end of the match to make it 7-1 and ensure the Pumas went into tomorrow’s final in buoyant mood.

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