Reading lose to Dragons in EHL KO8

Chris Newman in action in the Euro Hockey League KO16

KHC Dragons of Belgium powered to a 5-1 victory over England’s Reading HC, sealing their place in the Semi Finals of this season’s Euro Hockey League. Goals from Maurice Dubois (2), Florent van Aubel, man of the match Jeffrey Thys and Loick Luypaert ended Reading’s interest in the competition and confirmed Dragons place in the last four.

EHL Review:

The other result of the day saw Rot-Weiss Köln beat German rivals Uhlenhorst Mülheim 3-2. Dragons will face either Amsterdam H&BC (NED) or Berliner HC (GER) at the EHL Final four event, which takes place in May at a venue yet to be confirmed. 

Dragons were in sensational form throughout the contest, and were deserving winners against a team that they have faced no less than four times in the last three EHL seasons.  It took them just seven minutes to open the scoring against their English opponents, with Maurice Dubois clipping a reverse stick volley into the net following a fine save from Reading keeper James Bailey.

Dobois was clearly thrilled with his first ever goal in the Euro Hockey League, but he would not have to wait long for his and Dragons’ second, which arrived a minute after the quarter time break. The youngster produced a tidy close range finish when the Reading defence failed to effectively deal with a speculative pass into the circle from the right.

Conceding a second goal seemed to spark Reading into life, with Darren Cheesman and Simon Mantell looking particularly threatening for the team from England. However, Dragons always looked capable of adding to their tally, with Mathew Cobbaert and Jeffrey Thys going close before half time. 

Dragons added a third goal to their collection early in the third quarter through Florent van Aubel, but Reading hit back with a goal of their own when Christopher Newman guided home a defence splitting pass from Harry Slater to make the score 3-1.

Reading gave it absolutely everything in the final quarter, but their efforts proved to be in vain when the brilliant Jeffrey Thys scored a fine slap-shot before Loick Luypaert put the icing on the cake with a blistering penalty corner to make the score 5-1. It was a seriously high-quality display from Dragons, who have proved once again that they are serious challengers in the race to win the 2012-13 edition of the Euro hockey League.

EHL Man of the match: Jeffrey Thys (KHC Dragons)

Beeston face 2009 EHL Champions Bloemendaal tomorrow morning at 11:00am (UK time). Watch it LIVE here.