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England take silver in Slovianka Cup

England’s U17s men suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat after a thrilling Slovianka Cup final in Poland.

After booking their place in the gold medal match with a 100 per cent record, they fell at the final hurdle as Poland B claimed the title.

England opened up their campaign with a 10-5 victory over Lithuania and then thrashed Poland 16-4 in game two.

And they guaranteed their place in the final by defeating Poland B in their third match.

England U17s silver medallists

  • George Jackson (Rotherham)
  • Charlie Brogan (Cheltenham)
  • Toby Roberts (Whitgift School)
  • Luke Roche (City of Manchester)
  • Oliver Vodden (Rotherham)
  • Daniel Atkinson (Chelmsford)
  • Brett Takemoto (Bridgefield)
  • Thomas Yates (Bolton School and City of Manchester)
  • Christian Thompson (Manchester Grammar School and City of Manchester)
  • Tom Roche (City of Manchester)
  • Ciaron Byrne (St Ambrose School and City of Manchester)
  • William Herring (Grantham)

The game finished 9-9 with England triumphing 13-12 after the penalty shoot-out to set up a gold medal clash against Poland B.

And it was the hosts who gained revenge to take Slovianka Cup on penalties after coming back from 5-2 down at half-time.

Poland B had reduced the deficit to 5-3 after the third quarter and their comeback was complete following a 2-0 final period.

And they ran out 8-7 winners following the penalties meaning England had to settle for the silver medal after four excellent performances during the tournament.

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