Young talents secure silverware in dramatic fashion

Havant under-16 girls
Havant under-16 girls
Katie Spooner is aiming high for City of Portsmouth Ladies. Picture: Keith Woodland

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It was third time lucky for Havant girls under-16s after they beat Trojans on penalty strokes.

The Barncroft Way youngsters lost out to their rivals two years in a row but managed to triumph in dramatic style in the opening match of Hampshire Finals Day at Haslemere.

Trojans took the lead inside 10 minutes and were leading for most of the match.

But a well-worked goal by Sophie Forrest five minutes from time took the game to penalty strokes.

In a best-of-five flicks, Havant held their nerve to win the shootout 3-2.

Coach Penny van Berkel said: ‘Trojans have won it for the past two years so we were pleased to finally beat them.

‘The girls played out of their skins.

‘It was the culmination of all their hard work and they left the best till last.’

The boys played on the same pitch immediately afterwards and also secured a dramatic win.

They had to come from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1.

The score remained goalless at half-time but their opponents took the lead midway through the second period.

Havant had it all to do in the last quarter of the match and equalised with 10 minutes to go thanks to Ethan Hoddle.

He then scored the winner in the dying minutes to seal an unlikely victory.

Coach Peter Nail said: ‘It was particularly satisfying because we’ve lost to Bournemouth twice before.

‘But the tables were turned this time. The boys didn’t buckle and they kept going to get the win.

‘It was fairly even and the match reflected that.’