Great Britain’s under 21 women’s team remains in medal contention, after securing a place in the semi-finals on day 2 of the 2021 ECA Canoe Polo European Championships in Catania.
Coming off two wins yesterday the U21 women were back in action against the Netherlands in the first game of the day.
Katie Howes secured an opening goal within the first minute. This was closely followed by teammates Amira Raoudi and Katie Farley both scoring in the closing minutes of the first half making it 3-0.
Sara Lanao-madden and Katie Howes rounded off the game with two more goals in the second half. Which saw a 5-0 victory for the U21 GB women against the Netherlands.
The second game of the day saw another excellent performance, with victory against Italy 4-3.
Katie Farley put the team into an early lead 30 seconds into the game. A fantastic goal from Jessica Webb opened the second half of the game. Italy replied making the score 3-1.
Jessica Webb (pictured) back in action, scored again followed by a goal from teammate Amira Raoudi. Italy fought back making it 4-2 in the final seconds of the game. Another fantastic win for the U21 Women.
The final group match was against a strong Germany side, who were 2-0 up, before Jessica Webb scored just before half-time to make it 2-1.
An equaliser from Katie Farley tied the scores, but three quick goals by Germany put them in the ascendancy. Katie Howes scored late on, but Germany won 6-3.
Four wins and two defeats secured third place in the group stages and a semi-final place against France tomorrow morning at 8:40.
After a disappointing day one, the senior men were back on the water competing against Spain in a must-win match to keep in medal contention.
Spain opened the scoring with an early goal. Ross Montgomery responded making it 1-1. Alex Lowthorpe completed two impressive goals in a row, however Spain made it 3-2 at half time, scoring seconds after the GB senior men.
Two more goals from Spain in the second half gave them a 4-3. But GB pulled one back to equalise with another goal from Ross Montgomery. The final score was 4-4.
Great Britain and Spain finished the group both on 1 point, but in the tightest of margins Spain went through to the last eight by the virtue of scoring one more goal.
Photo by Hans Janssen (Hans Canoe Polo Photography)
With placings to play for, the men’s team regrouped and won their first two matches in group G in the afternoon session.
First up against Sweden, goals from Kartik McCutcheon, Ross Montgomery and Alex Lowthorpe in the second half secured a 3-1 victory.
Next up was a spectacular performance by the men with an emphatic 10-3 victory against Lithuania.
Four goals from Alex Lowthorpe, two each from team captain Suryan McCutcheon and Ross Martin, and goals for Kartik McCutcheon and Ross Montgomery secured a fine victory.
In the Senior Women’s first game of the day they were pitted against Sweden. Rihan Griffiths opened the scoring and captain Nicole Hudson followed making it 2-0 at the end of the first half.
Sweden scored in the opening minutes of the second half and Eleanor McBay responded with an impressive goal. Another goal from Sweden was followed by Rhian Griffiths and Nicole Hudson both scoring their second goals of the game making it 5-2 at full time.
In the second match Denmark were the opponents. Rhian Griffith scored, but GB were down 2-1 at half-time. Captain Nicole Hudson was back on the scoresheet with a brace, but Denmark came out victorious to claim 5-3 victory.
The U21 men's team had three wins from three. Firstly competing against Portugal. Santanam McCutcheon opened the scoring. Closely followed by Christopher Underwood and Angus Boyle scoring within minutes of each other. Portugal replied making it 3-1 at the end of the first half.
The second half started strong as Caleb Bowden scored two in a row. Another goal from Angus Boyle resulted in a 6-1 victory to the U21 Men.
There was a 6-2 victory in their second game of the day against Denmark. The Danes scored first, but GB quickly hit back with Cain Finn securing two goals in a row. Teammate Caleb Bowden followed with another goal, however Denmark quickly replied. Bowden finished the first half with his second goal of the game making it 4-2 to the GB U21 Men.
The second half of the game saw two goals from Angus Boyle and Christopher Underwood resulting in a final score of 6-2.
Photo by Hans Janssen (Hans Canoe Polo Photography)
The final game of the day was the U21 Men against Belgium. The first goal of the game came from Christopher Underwood which was swiftly replied to by Belgium. Caleb Bowden secured another goal for the U21 Men closely followed by Santanam McCutcheon. Three goals from Belgium then brought the score to 3-4 at half time.
Caleb Bowden scored as the second half got underway and finished his hat-trick equalising the score once again. Another goal for Belgium was followed by two goals from Angus Boyle to regain the lead in the final seconds of the game. The final result was an impressive 7-6 to the GB U21 Men.
Day 2 Results
Great Britain 4-4 Spain
Great Britain 3-1 Sweden
Great Britain 10-3 Lithuania
Great Britain 5-2 Sweden
Great Britain 3-5 Denmark
Under 21 Men
Great Britain 6-1 Portugal
Great Britain 6- 2 Denmark
Great Britain 7-6 Belgium
Under 21 Women
Great Britain 5-0 Netherlands
Great Britain 4-3 Italy
Great Britain 3-6 Germany
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