Surbiton to play for fifth at European Club Cup

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Another day of action at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup saw Surbiton book themselves a place in the fifth/sixth play-off game tomorrow after a 3-2 victory over CSP Izmailovo this morning. The Surrey outift will face University College Dublin after the Irish side had a historic win over Canterbury in the classification matches. After a disappointing day Canterbury will play for seventh against Izmailovo at 10am [UK time] tomorrow morning.

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Hollie Webb 3 (PC)
Rebecca Herbert 23, 55 (PC, PC)

Ksenia Shamina 8 (FG)
Galina Timshina 42 (PC)

The first game of the day was Surbiton vs. Izaylovo of Russia. Surbiton got off to a flying start via a well worked penalty corner from England international Hollie Webb. However Izaylovo countered with a goal in the 8th minute from Ksenia Shamina in what was a lively opening quarter.

The second quarter was less frenetic as both teams settled into their own patterns of play. Surbiton used their experienced internationals to initiate waves of attacks, which were shut down by the Russian defence, although the English side managed to take the lead through Rebecca Herbert ensuring the half-time score was 2-1.

Early into the second half, Izmaylovo forced a corner and with a bit of a scramble in the goal mouth equalised via captain Galina Timshina. The second half was marked by some physical play and with the Russians on a yellow card, Surbiton took advantage of the extra player in the 55th minute as Herbert converted from a deflected corner, putting Surbiton ahead again 3-2.

Surbiton were forced to defend deeply as the Russians looked to find another equaliser, but ultimately Surbiton’s defence held, as did the scoreline.

Chloe Watkins 11 (FG)
Emily Beatty 18 (FG)
Deirdre Duke 29 (FG)

Nikki Triggs 8 (FG)
Jen Wilson 36 (PC)

In the second game of the day, an experienced Canterbury side were pitched against the young bucks from University College Dublin. UCD were first into the opposition circle winning a PC in the 4th minute, but the switch was unsuccessful and earned Canterbury a free hit.

Canterbury drew first blood as the College keeper was beaten after a two-on-one with Nikki Lloyd offloading to Nikki Triggs in the 8th minute. UCD piled the pressure on and were rewarded with a goal from close range from Chloe Watkins, the score remained 1-1 into the second quarter. UCD took advantage of a quick free hit inside the 23 in the 18th minute to convert a cracking shot from Emily Beatty. The College team playing at a very high tempo scored again via Irish International Deidre Duke to bring the scoreline to 3-1; Canterbury earned an overtime PC and the switch at top of the D landed beautifully for Jen Wilson to slot it home.

There were no more goals in the second half but plenty of action as Canterbury appeared to sit back and allow UCD time on the ball, patiently waiting to counter, but the College girls were happy to play at the same high tempo and some stalwart defending from Sarah Robinson towards the end of the game ensured no equalizer for Canterbury and a momentous win for the Irish club, their best ever in European competition.

Coach Jonathan Harte said: “We had to guts it out in terms of defending in numbers, being under pressure as the opposition pressed us to get back to 3-3 in the last ten minutes. It is great for UCD and great for Irish hockey and hopefully all of Irish hockey can keep pushing on.”

Final Day – line-up:
Monday 6th April 2015
08:00 7/8 CSP Izmailovo – Canterbury Ladies HC
10:15 5/6 Surbiton HC – UCD LHC
12:30 3/4 Club de Campo – KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln
14:45 1/2 Hertogenbosch - SCHC

For all the competition information, visit the tournament website, or the results pages.

Watch both Surbiton and Canterbury in action on 18-19 April at the Investec Women's Finals Weekend on Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
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