Water polo: Cheltenham win men's British Championship on penalties

By Tom GarryBBC Sport
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Cheltenham are the men's British water polo champions after a tense penalty shoot-out win over City of Manchester.

Liverpool Lizards beat London Otter 15-12 in the ladies final to win the title for the first time in their history.

With the men's final level at 8-8 after normal time, Cheltenham goalkeeper Sam Legge saved twice in the shoot-out, leaving brother Adam to seal a 4-3 win.

"We're really happy. It makes all our hard training worthwhile," Cheltenham right-wing Guive Shafie told BBC Sport.

"Playing at Manchester's home venue, and being up against an Olympian in their goal, we knew the shoot-out would be difficult but our penalties were superb," the 24-year-old continued.

"Sam Legge produced two absolutely crucial saves."

Three goals from Jake Vincent had helped give Cheltenham an 8-4 lead going into the final quarter at Manchester Aquatic Centre.

However, reigning champions Manchester fought back after their opponents were briefly reduced to six men for a 'brutality exclusion'.

Shafie added: "It was a relief for us to get the job done in the end, after having had such a commanding lead."

Ladies champions Liverpool owed much to their captain, Fiona McCann, who scored five goals in the final.

Manchester's women, who had won the national title in each of the last six years, lost in the semi-finals but secured bronze with a 13-10 victory over Coventry in the third-place play-off.

The men's bronze went to 2012 champions Portobello, who beat London Invicta 9-6.