Caledonian Cougars off to great start at Futures Cup 2019

It was an excellent opening day of play for Caledonian Cougars at Futures Cup 2019 with three victories and draw for the Scots’ sides on day two of competition.

Caledonian Cougars 3-1 Mercia Lynx

In the Futures Cup U15 Girls’ competition Caledonian Cougars got off to a winning start in the competition with a 3-1 win over Mercia Lynx at Oaklands College. A double from Ava Smith and a goal from Jessica Barr put the team from Scotland in a good position as the tournament gets underway.

Caledonian Cougars took a deserved lead in the opening quarter, and the goal came through Ava Smith in the 13th minute of the contest. Smith dribbled forward from half way line and delivered a reverse hit into the bottom right corner.

The good form of the Scots continued into the second quarter and they doubled their advantage when Jessica Barr struck with 20 minutes played. It was a 2-0 lead that they would hold until half time. The ball smashed by Georgie Yuille into the D and Barr slid to the back post to finish.

Into the second half and Caledonian Cougars furthered their advantage when Smith completed her double and made it 3-0 to the team from Scotland. She took the ball on the penalty spot and delivered a reverse hit into the net for the goal.

Mercia Lynx battled back in the final quarter and scored through a strike by Lily Johnson, but the Caledonian Cougars ran out as comfortable 3-1 winners in their opening match of the Futures Cup.


Caledonian Cougars 8-4 Mercia Lynx

An absolute goal-fest saw the Caledonian Cougars beat Mercia Lynx 8-4 in the Futures Cup U17 Boys tournament.

The game was six minutes old when the Scots took the lead and the opening goal came from Fraser Moran to make it 1-0.

It was in the second quarter where it started raining goal. First the Caledonian Cougars slammed four quick back-to-back goals into the net to take a 5-0 lead in just 21 minutes. The strikes came from Alex Wilson; Struan Walker; Jake Inglis; and Jacob Tweedie with all but Walker’s goals coming from open play.

Josh Brown pulled one back for Mercia Lynx before Ciaran Wilcox restored the Cougars’ five-goal advantage to make it 6-1. Mercia Lynx responded instantly and Max Anderson struck to make it 6-2 at half time.

A goal from Freddie Smith in the second half saw Mercia Lynx begin to claw their way back into the match before they struck again in the final quarter with a second for Smith to pull it back to 6-4.

In the final moments the clinical Struan Walker bagged two penalty corner strikes to complete his hat-trick and the scoring to make a final score of 8-4 to the Cougars.


Caledonian Cougars 6-2 Saxon Tigers

The Futures Cup U15 Boys’ tournament was a goal-laden match between Caledonian Cougars and Saxon Tigers go the way of the Cougars in a 6-2 win.

It was in the second quarter that the goals started to arrive and it was the Saxon Tigers who raced into a two-goal lead through Luke Holland and Walter Forsey.

Right on the stroke of half time the Cougars pulled one back and it was Alastair Douglas who found the net for a 2-1 half time score.

Two quick-fire goals late in the third quarter saw the Cougars take a 3-2 lead; Joel Davenport and Cameron Ede supplying the fire power.

The final quarter belonged to the Cougars and they banged home three more goals to win 6-2. David MaCrae was first to strike before Sam Knight scored and Ede completed his brace from a penalty corner.


Caledonian Cougars 1-1 Wessex Leopards

A very close match between Caledonian Cougars and Wessex Leopards ended in a 1-1 draw at the Futures Cup in the U17 Girls’ competition.

It was a goalless first half and a competitive affair in what was expected to be a tough and close contest.

The sides couldn’t be separated until the end of the third quarter when Caledonian Cougars opened the scoring through a penalty corner strike by Faith Joubert.

The Cougars were set back in the final quarter by a series of green cards and they had just nine players on the pitch when Wessex Leopards found an equaliser through Emily Harris.

The game was a battle until the end but the teams wouldn’t be separated and the match ended all square on day one of Futures Cup action for the Cougars.

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