After Hawks U18s thrashed Oxford the same morning, Hawks U16s had huge expectations for their game. The game started slowly, with Oxford retaining most of the possession. Hawks, although looking slightly sluggish, did hold out for 20 minutes before conceding. The game then opened up when Finn Dunleavy made an effort on goal that skimmed the far post. Both teams were going at each other, desperately trying to get the next goal. Of course, as all Derby's do, there was a bit of frustration between the players. Oxford then grabbed the next goal as Hawks were caught on the counter. After half time Hawks came out firing, knowing they could turn around a 2-0 deficit.
However Oxford pinched their third. This kick-started Hawks, as they notched their first goal of the day. (Apologies as cannot remember the scorer). The game became more and more heated, with a few poor tackles coming in from both sides. With a P flick from Finn, some solid saves from his younger brother, and the tireless defending from James Blenkinsop and Jonny Flory, the game was 5-2. With 3 seconds left Hawks won a short corner, and everyone
piled up at this point playing for pride. Hawks scored to make it 5-3 final score.
A valiant comeback from the U16s who showed a fighting spirit that has developed over the season.
Good effort boys.