English through to 2015 Baltic Amadeus Trophy semi finals23/10/2015
The English U17 men’s team secured their spot in the 2015 Baltic Amadeus Trophy semi finals as group runners-up in Lithuania.
After a solid performance, including a second half shutout, in a 10-5 (3-3, 3-2, 2-0, 2-0) defeat of Polish club side Lodz, the English sealed their progress with victory against Finland before a narrow defeat to group winners Moldova.
The English showed good character to recover from a losing position against the Finns, turning round a 5-4 half-time deficit to seal a 7-6 (1-2, 3-3, 2-0, 1-1) victory.
Having both scored hat-tricks against Lodz, Joe Jenkins-Delf and Freddie Pearson were on target again against Finland, with Welsh Wanderers player Jenkins-Delf bagging another hat-trick and Invicta’s Pearson adding another two.
Sedgefield’s John Pratt got in on the act with a hat-trick in the crunch tie against Moldova, but drawing the first period and winning the third was not enough for the courageous English side as they succumbed to an 8-6 (2-2, 3-1, 0-1, 3-2) defeat.
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Group Stage Stats
England 10 – 5 Lodz (Poland)
English goalscorers: Joe Jenkins-Delf (3), Freddie Pearson (3), Ben Ray (2), Aaron Mason, Bradley Watts
England 7 – 6 Finland
English goalscorers: Joe Jenkins-Delf (3), Freddie Pearson (2), Alex Waller, Nick Armitage-Bond
Moldova 8 – 6 England
English goalscorers: John Pratt (3), Joe Jenkins-Delf, Alex Waller, Ben Ray
England U17 Team for 2015 Baltic Amadeus Trophy
- Bill Moores (gk) – City of Manchester
- Nick Armitage-Bond – Cheltenham
- Ben Ray (cpt) – City of Manchester
- John Pratt – Sedgefield
- Bradley Watts – Exeter
- Freddie Pearson – Invicta
- George Davies – Solihull
- Aaron Mason – Sedgefield
- Alex Waller – Exeter
- Tom Hutchens – Exeter
- Jack Cutting – Exeter
- Joe Jenkins-Delf – Welsh Wanderers
- Toby Eve (gk) – Exeter
Head Coach: Ant McGuinness
Assistant Coach: Norman Leighton