Youngsters have to settle for fourth

Harleston Magpies Under-18s finished fourth in the East Indoor finals in what proved to be a frustrating day. Magpies played Canterbury in their opening game and gave them a 3-0 start before proceeding to pulverise them in the second half.

Harleston Magpies Under-18s finished fourth in the East Indoor finals in what proved to be a frustrating day.

Magpies played Canterbury in their opening game and gave them a 3-0 start before proceeding to pulverise them in the second half. Magpies pulled the game back to 3-2 with goals from Amy Tuffs (penalty flick) and Artemis Clark but despite numerous corners they could not find the equaliser. Canterbury clinched the game with a goal in the last minute.

Magpies got back on track with a comfortable 5-0 win against Saffron Walden HS, with goals from Clark (3) and Lizzie Clymer (2).

Against Queenswood School Magpies needed a result. Queenswood took a 1-0 lead when their shot was clearly outside the circle and then Magpies gifted them a second goal. Magpies were 3-0 down before once again they produced a tremendous second half display, with goals from Clymer and Clark (2). Artemis also hit the post twice, once from a penalty corner and once from open play. Queenswood, who went on to win the competition, added two more goals for a slightly flattering 5-3 win.

In the final game against Chelmsford, Magpies only had pride to play for but despite a great effort Magpies allowed the opposition a 2-0 start and this time there was no comeback.