Havant talents help England in Irish raid

Matt Cox scored for Havant. Picture: Keith Woodland

Havant give leaders Exeter a big scare

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Daniel Faulkner and Sam Hatherley helped fire England under-18s to a whitewash against Ireland under-18s in Dublin.

The Havant pair played key roles as the visitors crushed their rivals 3-0 in the three-match series this week.

Faulkner and Hatherley were among just five players who started all of the fixtures, as they helped England chalk up 5-3, 3-2 and 3-2 victories.

In Tuesday’s opener, the duo enabled the tourists to come from behind to snatch a 5-3 triumph.

Almost immediately after going 1-0 behind, Jonny Ruiz and Rob Farrington hit back with two goals in the space of five minutes.

Chris Proctor extended England’s lead before the Irish fought back to level shortly after the hour mark.

However, James Gall dashed the hosts’ hopes of victory within 60 seconds when he restored the advantage for the English.

Then, two minutes later, Joe Sharp wrapped up the win.

England also surrendered a two-goal advantage in the second match.

Arjan Drayton Chana and Tom Morris had put the visitors 2-0 up by half-time.

But back came Ireland with two penalty corners.

England were not to be denied, though, and Sam French stepped up to convert a short corner of his own to claim a 3-2 victory.

In yesterday’s finale, Faulkner, Hatherley & Co fought back from 1-0 down through strikes from Chris Proctor, James Albery and Charlie Stubbings.

Ireland netted a late consolation.