Exeter knock out defending champs in U19 Qualifiers

Exeter win U17 qualifiers

Exeter knocked out defending champions Solihull in a thrilling final group match to complete the line-up for the 2015 ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships Boys’ U19 Finals.

Having drawn against Lancaster 7-7 in their opening match, the South West side came into the game knowing a draw or win against Solihull – who had lost to Lancaster – would be enough to see them through.

Kameron Powell bagged a first quarter hat-trick as they raced into a 6-2 lead before Solihull pegged them back to 7-5 at the half-way stage.

But Exeter refound their scoring form in the third and fourth quarters, maintaining their lead against a determined Solihull side to secure a 16-12 win.

While the top two in Group B finished on the same number of points, eight-time champions Lancaster went through as group winners, courtesy of their greater goal difference against third-placed Solihull, while City of Manchester B were fourth.

There was also a tie at the top of Group A as City of Manchester A and Croydon Amphibians defeated Watford and Cheltenham then drew with each other 7-7 in the last game of the day.

Croydon – who remain unbeaten in this season’s Championships after five wins in the Prelims – will aim to improve on their fourth place from last year, having boosted their squad with a number of 2014’s U17 title-winning side.

The London side finished top of the group, having scored more goals against third-placed Watford than last year’s runners-up City of Manchester.

  • Click here for simplified match sheets from the Boys’ U19 Qualifiers.

Boys U19 Qualifiers

Group A

Results

City of Manchester A 11 – 8 Watford FT
Croydon Amphibians 15 – 3 Cheltenham FT
City of Manchester A 23 – 5 Cheltenham FT
Croydon Amphibians 13 – 10 Watford FT
Watford 18 – 3 Cheltenham FT
City of Manchester A 7 – 7 Croydon Amphibians FT

Group Table

Team P W D L GD Pts
Croydon Amphibians 3 2 1 0 15 5
City of Manchester A 3 2 1 0 21 5
Watford 3 1 0 2 9 2
Cheltenham 3 0 0 3 -45 0

Boys U19 Qualifiers

Group B

Results

Exeter 7 – 7 Lancaster FT
Solihull 20 – 6 City of Manchester B FT
Exeter 16 – 5 City of Manchester B FT
Solihull 6 – 11 Lancaster FT
Lancaster 16 – 4 City of Manchester B FT
Solihull 12 – 16 Exeter FT

Group Table

Team P W D L GD Pts
Lancaster 3 2 1 0 17 5
Exeter 3 2 1 0 15 5
Solihull 3 1 0 2 5 2
City of Manchester B 3 0 0 3 -37 0

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