Magpies U18 Boys 2 Norwich Dragons U18 Boys 2
Dragons won 5-4 on penalty strokes
Magpies boys went into the game looking to avenge their defeat to Dragons in the indoors the previous week. The game started at a fast pace with Magpies enjoying plenty of possession. Unfortunately, a lapse of concentration at the back, a poor tackle resulting in a yellow card and the resultant short corner saw Dragons open the scoring. Undeterred, Magpies continued to push forward with Sam Paterson dominating midfield and the forwards of Matt Bensly and Sol Barker, ably supported by Myles King causing the Dragons defenders lots of problems. Eventually, Magpies scored when Sam Paterson worked his way into the circle and coolly slotted the ball home. Despite forcing a few more chances Magpies couldn’t score again. Halftime 1-1.
The second half was an even affair with Magpies just edging possession but not being able to find a way past the Dragons defence. From one drag flick the Dragons defender on the line superbly deflected the ball over the crossbar. The move of the game, starting with Kieran Peters moving the ball swiftly into the right channel for Matt Bensly to pick up, resulted in Jolyon Summers neatly scoring from the middle of the circle. At this stage, Magpies looked the most likely winner and forced a couple of more chances to extend their lead. However, as at the start of the game a moment of indiscipline led to a Dragons short corner. Despite breaking up the initial shot the ball fell to Ben Watson who smashed the ball into the far corner for the equaliser. Dragons then spent the last few minutes on the attack and Magpies were grateful to hear the final whistle. Final score 2-2.
The game was decided on penalty strokes where Dragons won 5-4 on sudden death! Well done to Sam Paterson, Sol Barker, Matt Bensly, Jack Hobbs and Myles King for stepping up to take a flick.
This was a good game of U18 hockey with both teams playing very well and entertaining the crowd. Thanks to the umpires Richard Larkin and Jon Price for umpiring the game very well.
Good luck to Dragons in the next round.