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Boys' Hockey round-up: January 30

Boys' Hockey round-up: January 30

Jacob Heaton-Rue (Photo: Tony Bale)

The under 16 boys faced Birkenhead School for the second time after a draw previously.

We started the game brightly converting two short corners in quick succession both scored by Jacob Heaton-Rue. He had a fantastic game, strong in defence and unselfish going forward linking players in with ease.

Matty Fiorita and Finlay Hare both had a good game causing huge issues for them defensively.

The second half Rydal Penrhos enjoyed plenty of possession making it difficult for Birkenhead to clear the ball. A third successful short corner finished by Fiorita finished off the opposition with Finlay grabbing two goals before the final whistle.

Overall, a brilliant performance. George Smith-Edwards put in numerous tackles at the back and is improving with every game.

Four out of six short corners converted, pleasing to see the work on the training ground making a difference. Well done boys!

The under 14 boys again played their return fixture against Birkenhead. The previous game was close and this one was very similar.

After an uncertain first five minutes we settled and began to press into the opposition half winning a short corner which was converted by Josh Lynch after a strike from the top was deflected in. Josh played well, dominating the ball in the middle of the pitch with skill and a bit of brute force.

Aaron Sherrington popped up with the second goal just before half time with some clever positioning to put Rydal Penrhos 2-0 at half time, which was thoroughly deserved.

The second half was a different game. We struggled to get the ball clear and keep any sort of possession. Luckily our back line of Jacob Cousins, Rhys Seenan and Suhas Shekar held firm under continuous pressure with Niall Richardson pulling off numerous saves to keep the goals conceded to one for the half.

A pleasing win overall. It is great to see numerous of the under 13's stepping up and playing a year above themselves, all good experience.

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