England U19 finish day three with two wins to secure 5th place at the World Cup
After three days of tough competition England U19 have finished the 2015 World Cup in 5th place. England won both matches on the final day against Germany (9-10) and Portugal (11-10).
England had been drawn in Group A along with Brazil, Catalonia, Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, New Zealand and Romania.
The group matches were played on the first two days of the tournament. On day one England won against Brazil (2-11) and Romania (22-1) but narrowly lost out to Catalonia (11-9).
Day two England opened with a victory against New Zealand (13-3) before two defeats against reigning champions the Netherlands (2-22) and finally Chinese Taipei (13-15).
England U19’s performance against Taipei won a number of plaudits.
England finished the group stage on six points with 3 wins and 3 defeats. This left the team in 4th place in their group.
On the third and final day of the tournament England U19 first faced the team that finished in 3rd place in Group B, Germany.
After trailing for the majority of the match England managed to dig deep and score the last three goals of the match to level the scores at 9-9 to take the game into extra-time.
Golden Goal extra-time followed… neither team managed to score on their first attempt, so the winner would be the first team to score.. up stepped Lucy Buck! England won 9-10.
Speaking after the tournament U19 coach Tony Woodvine said: “Coming away with such a young squad who improved as the tournament went on and coming away with 5th could not be more proud of the squad”
The win against Germany meant that England would face Portugal in the 5th/6th playoff match.
Another edge of your seat match for the England supporters inside the sports arena and watching online… England won the match 11-10. Goal scorers for England: Lucy Buck (2), Liam Geddes (3), Emma Lawson (1), Blake Palfreyman (3), Aime Swain (1) and Tom Lake (1).
England coach Davesh Patel: “A lot of the young players really stepped up to the challenge and exceeded all expectations.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Tony with his first official coaching role and I am looking forward to working alongside Tony in the future.
“Thanks also to Nicole for all the challenges she has been able to resolve and also to the travelling supporters for all their support and drum banging”
England Korfball’s Lisa Swain said: “Two fantastic results from both the under 17 and under 19 world cup squads. I would like to thank all the International coaches and management staff for all their hard work and dedication to the squads this year”
The Netherlands won the final 19-13 against Belgium.