Otter win thriller on penalties to claim national age group titleNovember 3, 2019
Otter held their nerve in a penalty shootout against City of Liverpool to win the Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships U15s girls title.
A dramatic final saw City of Liverpool take the tie to penalties after equalising with 60 seconds to go after coming from 6-3 down.
In a thrilling end-to-end encounter, City of Liverpool led 2-1 before Otter went 3-2 ahead.
The sides were deadlocked at 3-3 at the interval before Otter stormed into a 6-3 advantage.
However, City of Liverpool’s Hannah Pyper scored a wonderful goal from almost halfway to pull one back and spark a resurgence.
Pyper then made it 6-5 and then Liverpool were awarded a penalty with a minute on the clock which Lucy Robb converted.
That took the tie to penalties and both sides scored their first before Liverpool missed their second to give Otter the advantage.
However, Juliet Lyons hit the bar for Otter and Amelie Cornell scored to level the tie again.
Milly seals win
Madeline Roberts made it 9-8 to Otter and when Lucy White had her penalty saved, Milly McDonagh had the opportunity to win it.
And she made no mistake to secure the gold medal for Otter.
Nick Buller, Otter head coach, said: “We are delighted with the win.
“We had challenging matches in the group stages and a really hard semi-final and Liverpool did brilliantly to fight back and take the game to penalties.
“We would like to thank the organisers and all the volunteers who made it such a well run and enjoyable event.”
Both sides had booked their place in the final after winning all four of their group matches and their semi-final clashes.
Otter topped Group A following victories over Watford WPC (10-2), Kirkintilloch (12-5), City of Sheffield (7-4) and Nova Centurion (18-1).
City of Liverpool, meanwhile, had a goal difference of plus 62 after defeating Iceni WPC (22-2), City of Manchester (10-6), City of Birmingham (17-2) and Sedgefield (26-3).
Otter defeated City of Manchester 10-6 in their last four clash, while City of Liverpool triumphed 9-7 against City of Sheffield.
That left City of Sheffield and City of Manchester to contest the bronze medal match after their semi-final defeat.
And it was City of Sheffield who came out on top, triumphing 14-6 to take third place.
Otter’s Juliet Lyons was named the most valuable player, Iceni’s Natasha Payne was top scorer with 33, while City of Liverpool’s Hannah Giles was top goalkeeper.
Picture: Will Johnston Photography
|Nova Centurion||3 – 20||City of Sheffield||FT|
|Iceni WPC||11 – 1||Sedgefield WP||FT|
|Otter||10 – 2||Watford WPC||FT|
|City of Manchester||14 – 4||City of Birmingham||FT|
|Nova Centurion||3 – 9||Kirkintilloch||FT|
|Iceni WPC||2 – 22||City of Liverpool||FT|
|City of Sheffield||8 – 6||Watford WPC||FT|
|Sedgefield WP||4 – 12||City of Birmingham||FT|
|Otter||12 – 5||Kirkintilloch||FT|
|City of Manchester||6 – 10||City of Liverpool||FT|
|Nova Centurion||0 – 19||Watford WPC||FT|
|Iceni WPC||7 – 11||City of Birmingham||FT|
|Otter||7 – 4||City of Sheffield||FT|
|City of Manchester||19 – 3||Sedgefield WP||FT|
|Watford WPC||7 – 4||Kirkintilloch||FT|
|City of Birmingham||2 – 17||City of Liverpool||FT|
|Nova Centurion||1 – 18||Otter||FT|
|Iceni WPC||8 – 23||City of Manchester||FT|
|City of Sheffield||10 – 3||Kirkintilloch||FT|
|Sedgefield WP||3 – 26||City of Liverpool||FT|
|City of Sheffield||4||3||0||1||23||6|
|City of Liverpool||4||4||0||0||62||8|
|City of Manchester||4||3||0||1||37||6|
|City of Birmingham||4||2||0||2||-13||4|
|Nova Centurion||13||13 – 3||3||Sedgefield||FT|
|Watford WPC||16||16 – 5||5||Iceni WPC||FT|
|City Of Birmingham||4||4 – 1010KirkintillochFT|
|Otter||10||10 – 6||6||City Of Manchester||FT|
|City Of Liverpool||9||9 – 7||7||City Of Sheffield||FT|
|City Of Birmingham||9||9 – 7||7||Iceni WPC||FT|
|Kirkintilloch||6||6 – 9||9||Watford WPC||FT|
|Bronze Medal Match|
|City Of Sheffield||14||14 – 6||6||City Of Manchester||FT|
|City Of Liverpool||8||8 – 10||10||Otter||FT|