Six-time champions City of Manchester finished at the top of the Girls’ U17 Qualifiers 2016 table last weekend as they maintained their unbeaten record heading into next month’s finals.
Playing at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre, the Mancunian side defeated Exeter – last year’s fourth-placed side – in a thrilling 10-8 final match.
Exeter opened the match with a goal inside the first minute but the two sides were quickly playing goal for goal over the first half of the match.
It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the third quarter that Manchester started to pull ahead, eventually going two points clear by the final whistle.
City of Manchester’s Anya Clapperton demonstrated her scoring skills throughout the Girls’ U17 Qualifiers 2016, hitting the back of the net eight times over three matches for the North West side.
Rotherham – who pulled off a surprise result to knock out three-time champions Liverpool in the prelim – also move through to the final after finishing just behind defending champions, London Otter on the points table.
The Girls U17 Finals 2016 will take place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre from 23-24 April.
Girls’ U17 Qualifiers 2016
|U17 Girls Qualification Round|
|City of Manchester||8 – 3||Otter||FT|
|Rotherham||6 – 7||Exeter||FT|
|City of Manchester||6 – 3||Rotherham||FT|
|Otter||7 – 13||Exeter||FT|
|City of Manchester||10 – 8||Exeter||FT|
|Otter||5 – 4||Rotherham||FT|
U17 Girls Qualification Round
|City of Manchester||3||3||0||0||10||6|