Canterbury break Sevenoaks' hearts with last gasp winner

Canterbury's Liam Foster scores winner in Hockey 5s semi final

Sevenoaks 5 (2)
Chris Barker 1, 21 (FG)
Mike Holland 15 (PS)
George Torry 25, 26 (FG, FG)

Canterbury 6 (3)
Liam Foster 2, 40 (FG, FG)
Wei Adams 9, 24 (FG, FG)
Ben Allberry 20, 30 (PC, PC)

Canterbury sealed their place in the Hockey 5s Final with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Sevenoaks in the second semi-final of the day. A last gasp winner from Liam Foster with a second left on the clock gave them the win in an edge of the seat encounter that broke Sevenoaks hearts and set up a repeat of last year’s final.

Sevenoaks opened the scoring with a very early goal from captain Chris Barker, but the scores were level instantly through Foster. The goals were evenly traded throughout the half, firstly Wei Adams with a fine run and finish for Canterbury, then Mike Holland putting a penalty stroke away for Sevenoaks. It was last year's runners up that went into the half-time break with a 3 - 2 lead, as a well-worked penalty corner routine was finished beautifully by Ben Allberry.

It was a case of deja vu for the enthusiastic crowd at the start of the second half as Barker grabbed his second of the match within 30 seconds of the restart. Again though, the teams continued to trade goals with neither team managing to establish anything more than a single goal lead - Adams with another excellent finish, then a quick brace from George Torry giving Sevenoaks a 5-4 lead. Moments later, Ben Allberry netted his second of the game to leave the game balanced at 5 - 5.

The match was poised for a shootout but the experienced Kwan Browne patiently kept control of the ball in midfield waiting for an attacking opportunity. With the clock running down, the ball was pushed hard into the circle and Liam Foster deflected home with one second left on the clock, sparking huge celebrations from the Canterbury team.

Tom Richford, Canterbury captain: "That was absolutely amazing. We've lost to Sevenoaks for the last 2 years in the league so it makes it that much better to beat them when it’s important. The crowd really makes a massive difference. They crowd gave us energy and made such a good atmosphere.
This will be the third time we've played East Grinstead at Wembley and we’ve lost two, so hopefully this time we can turn it around."

Canterbury will face East Grinstead in a repeat of last year's final to battle it our for the Hockey 5s trophy. You can watch the action live via the England Hockey website.

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