(Belga) Belgian Women’s Under-21 team Young Red Panthers held off Wales, winning 10-0 in their second game of the Euro Juniors Hockey, on Monday, at the facilities of La Gantoise in Blarmerson. After splitting the stakes 1-1 with the Netherlands on Sunday, the young Belgians need just a point in their third and final Pool A game against Spain on Wednesday to finish in the top two, and the teams in the standings will advance to the semi-finals. The finals.
Against the Welsh, who were initially thrashed 6-0 by Spain, Darren Beasley’s protégés opened the scoring through Anne-Sophie Royals in the third minute. Then came an avalanche of goals scored by Charlotte Englebert (7th PC, 14, 59), Alix Marion (17), Vanessa Blockmans (29, 47), Emily White (32), Noah Schreiers (55) and Elizabeth Mommans. (60th PC). The other match in the group ended in a 1-1 draw between the Netherlands and Spain, who will face Belgium on Wednesday (5:45pm) for a place in the last four. The young Red Panthers thus lead Group A with 4 points, same as Spain, but with better goal difference. Tournament favorites the Netherlands are third (2 points), with the Welsh bringing up the rear (0). Group B consists of defending champions Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland. The top two finishers in each pool will qualify for the semi-finals on Friday 29 July. The Belgians aim to qualify for the next Junior World Cup in Chile at the end of 2023. A top 5 result is essential to achieve this. (belga)
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