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Results vs England Touring Side – Masters Men’s Teams

2022 Match(s) Report – Canada 50+ and Canada 60+ vs Archangels England Masters Touring Squad

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Games 1 and 2

On the weekends of July 9/10 the Archangels played two games against the Canada Masters Men 60+ squad as a warm up for the World Cup in Japan.   This was a strong England squad comprised of 50+ and 60+ England Masters players and it showed in their play.  Canada struggled in these first matches played together as a team, and the results were a 6-1 loss and an 8-0 loss.  Games were played at Eric Hamber turf in Vancouver.

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The following weekend (July 16/17) Canada’s 50+ Men took the pitch at Rutledge field in West Vancouver to play the Archangels on the last weekend of their Vancouver tour.

Canada 50 vs England at Rutledge Field

Game 3
The Canada Men’s 50+ team was playing its first game together with its newly selected 2022 World Cup squad, since selection camp at the end of March.  Canada started the game out well and moved the ball quickly – getting it forward for several scoring opportunities.  About 10 minutes into the game Canada scored first on a three on two.
Andrew MacKinnon 3on2Andrew MacKinnon isolated England’s left back with a nice pass to Guy Manwaring who’s shot deflected off a defender’s stick. With some early first quarter confidence Canada pushed the pace, moving the ball effectively. Starting the second quarter England found a weakness down Canada’s left side by blocking Canada’s advance, and were able to force Canada back with a number of errors which translated into a succession of scoring opportunities. Eventually, Canada succumbed to the pressure and gave up two goals in quick succession.

Canada was having trouble with team shape and England was able to take advantage of the gaps between midfield and forwards, creating even more pressure. In the third quarter Canada was able to regain some composure and started to pressure back, but England found they were just as effective on the counter attack.  England were again able to generate direct to the net chances and several short corners that Canada goalie Jay Dean was able to clear.Masters 50 vs England net action

Canada did mount several quality chances that created short corners but wasn’t able to convert. England eventually found the net again and Canada had to settle for a loss in its first outing against the England side.  Canada vs England final score 1-3 (L)

Game 4
Canada’ second test vs England was a little more inspiring.  Coach John Sacre made a number of tactical changes which helped create more scoring opportunities. Canada started the game well, moving the ball effectively and with purpose. After several chances early in the game Canada found the net first at the 8 minute mark on a short corner from Mike Foxcroft after Adam Hyde had found a defender’s foot with a shot to goal.

Masters 50 vs England Short Corner

Just two minutes later Canada converted their second goal on a well executed cross from David Kerr that found Guy Manwaring near the penalty sport for a deflection into goal.
Guy Manwaring deflection
Canada then kept the pressure on by forcing the play with lots of running which put England on their heels.

With Canada two goals up their confidence was noticeable until England was able to find their stride when they popped in a goal in off a short corner. England again was able to work the spaces well and matched Canada chances.  A great team passing play inside the England 23 put the ball on Mike Foxcroft’s stick for a nice push into the corner of the goal. England fought hard physically to get back in the game and eventually scored on a hard shot by their forward inside the defensive circle to make it 3-2 for Canada.

Canada’s insurance goal (fourth quarter) came from a Mark Vaughan tip on a near perfect cross from the left baseline by Brian Lee. A great start for Canada as it trains for the last 10 weeks before the Masters World Cup kicks off in October, 2022 in Cape Town.  Canada vs England final score 4-2 (W)

Canada Men 50+ vs England July 2022