City of Manchester face London Otters in the Water Polo Final
There was nothing between the City of Manchester ladies and the West London Penguins in the first semi-final of the Women’s British Gas Water Polo Championships.
The West London Penguins started strongly with a goal from Nora Benko to take an early lead but the goal was followed by a goal from Vicky Hawkins of Manchester.
The Penguins took the lead again and despite another effort from Hawkins, Manchester found themselves 3-2 down at half time.
A Penguin’s penalty early in the third quarter extended their lead, before City of Manchester’s Ella Chadderton scored a consolation goal with three minutes of the quarter remaining
Chadderton then scored two goals in quick succession at the start of the fourth quarter to put the home team in the lead for the first time.
Polly Egan extended their lead to 6-4, but Penguins were not going give up without a fight and Benko scored straight back from the half way line.
There was a goal apiece in the final 60 seconds of the game but Manchester ultimately took the win and secured their place in tomorrow’s final.
City of Liverpool were up against London Otters in the final session of the day.
Liverpool showed their dominance early on, ending the first quarter leading three goals to one, before the Otters came back at them in the second, to go into half time level at three apiece.
There was nothing separating the two teams, as they exchanged goals throughout the third quarter, swapping the lead until Otters took the lead 6-4 at the buzzer.
City of Liverpool fought back at the start of the fourth quarter but Otters were not going to go down easily and scored straight back.
With four minutes of the quarter to go, the Otters responded to two more Liverpool goals from Hesketh taking her match total to four, before putting away three themselves, two by Shears for her match hattrick.
The Otters further extended their lead to 10-6 with a minute left to play and secured the win with an 11th shot on target despite a goal by Liverpool in the dying seconds of the game.
Otters eventually took the win and booked their place in tomorrow’s final against City of Manchester with a score of 11-7.
Tickets for the British Gas Swimming Championships are available on the door at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. Matches start at 9.30am and tickets cost £4 per adult.