England U17 defeat hosts at EU Nations Cup01/04/2016
The England U17 women’s water polo team opened their EU Nations Cup 2016 campaign with one win and one defeat in their first two games.
After a 13 – 10 loss to Malta in the tournament’s opening game, the English girls summoned the perfect response with a 15 – 8 (5-2, 2-2, 5-2, 3-2) victory over hosts Denmark in Odense.
England defeat hosts Denmark
England started strongly against the Danish side, storming to a 5-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Fleur Kennedy – who was part of the Team GB squad that finished 11th at last year’s European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan – added to her earlier hat-trick against Malta by finding the back of the net twice, while Emily Watkins, Emily Pilkington and Sasha Tinkler-Davies gave England their three-goal advantage.
Despite the host nation finding scoring twice in the second quarter, Frances Holder and Lauren Richardson were able to consolidate England’s lead to go into half-time with a 7-4 advantage.
In the third quarter, goalkeeper Naya Patel was in strong form between the posts, while at the other end of the field, England launched attack after attack.
Pilkington completed a well-deserved hat-trick, Kennedy and Watkins both scored their second goals of the game and Jordan Parsons also found the net to make it 12-6 heading into the final quarter.
In the final period, Pilkington secured her fourth goal of the afternoon before Tinkler-Davies and Richardson sealed England’s 15-8 victory.
— Joan Dundee (@joan_dundee) April 1, 2016
The England U17 girls’ side – who are aiming for a top four finish at the tournament – will play their final group game against Wales tomorrow, 11.45am start BST.
England Girls’ 1999 Squad
- Naya Patel – Grantham & Hucknall
- Emily Pilkington – Sedgefield
- Emily Watkins – Bristol
- Jordan Parsons – Devonport Royal
- Fleur Kennedy – Warley Water Polo
- Sam Murby – Lancaster
- Ellie Muncaster – Liverpool
- Abbie Turner – Northampton
- Sasha Tinkler-Davies – Otter
- Frances Holder – Liverpool
- Lauren Richardson – Leeds
- Rebecca Lee – Manchester
- Jennifer Herring – Exeter