Close encounters on day two of Euro Hockey League

Reading HC v KHC Dragons EHL Simon Mantell

There were some closely fought battles on day two of the Euro Hockey League at East Grinstead HC. Reading were on the wrong end of a 4-3 encounter against a strong KHC Dragons side, while Lisnagarvey fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Lille MHC.

Glynhill Hotel Kelburne 3 - 1 AHTC Wien

Kelburne celebrated a convincing 3-1 victory over AHTC Wien making a big step towards KO16 qualification this morning. The first match of the day and the second in Pool H was an important one for both teams as the winners are likely to qualify for Round 2 together with favourites Rot-Weiss Cologne who were watching the encounter from the stands at East Grinstead. Rot-Weiss beat Kelburne 8-1 in yesterday's opening match.

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Reading HC 3 - 4 KHC Dragons

In the second match of the day Reading took on rivals KHC Dragons in their first fixture of this year's EHL campaign. The result did not go the English sides way however as the Dragons put on a confident display to beat Reading 4-3. Following the Belgians victory over Saint Germain 2-1 in their opening game yesterday, Dragons qualify for the KO16 as pool winners.

Reading HC v KHC Dragons EHL

Reading's goals came from Simon Mantell, Craig Peel (scoring in his EHL debut) and Jonty Clarke, but it wasn't enough. The Dragons put on a convincing display and after coming from behind twice they scored three times in the second half to put the game just out of the English champions reach.

The result means that Reading must win their game against Saint Germain tomorrow to ensure their place in the KO16.

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Lille MHC 3 - 3 Lisnagarvey HC

Lisnagarvey HC made a remarkable comeback against Lille scoring three goals in the final quarter to earn themselves a draw and 2 points apiece in Pool G. Lisnagarvey take on Dutch side HC Bloemendaal tomorrow who have already qualified for the KO16 following their 7-2 victory over Lille yesterday.

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Waterloo Ducks 4 - 0 SC Stroitel Brest

The final game of the day saw the Waterloo Ducks seal a convincing victory over SC Stroitel Brest. The Belarus side were coming off the back of a 5-0 defeat from East Grinstead last night and the defeat today means they will go home without registering a point. East Grinstead play Waterloo Ducks in the final game tomorrow (17:00) to decide who will top Pool D.

Get your tickets on the gate on Sunday!

Sunday’s action gets underway at 9:30 when Rot Weiss Koln take on AHTC Wien. Reading and East Grinstead are both in action throughout the day. A ticket offers excellent value, providing entry to the entire day’s play – all four matches.

Sunday's fixtures
09:30 - Rot-Weiss Koln v AHTC Wien
12:00 - Reading v St Germain
14:30 - Bloemendaal v Lisnagarvey
17:00 - Waterloo Ducks v East Grinstead

Getting to East Grinstead
Click here for directions to East Grinstead Hockey Club, host club for EHL Round 1.2

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