East Grinstead held in opening EHL clash

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Simon Faulkner's penalty stroke was not enough to earn East Grinstead a win in their opening Euro Hockey League encounter as Kyle Good's leveller with 12 minutes to go in the match ensured it was honours even in this Pool D clash.

In what was a high tempo, if at times scrappy encounter the English side started the brighter of the two with Great Britain's David Condon looking in dangerous form. It was from a nice move involving Condon and Joe Naughalty that resulted in East Grinstead taking the lead as Condon was fouled in the circle resulting in a penalty stroke which Faulkner slotted home.  

Paddy Smith and the East Grinstead defence were kept busy as Monkstown forced seven penalty corner in total with a combination of wayward finishing and good defending keeping them at bay.  

From one corner they almost countered to get a crucial second only to see Niall Stott’s bouncing effort scooped off the line by a diving defender.

The pressure told and the equaliser came with 12 minutes to go. Good drove straight down the middle of the EG defence from a long way out and beat smith with a searing strike. The goalkeeper looked slightly unsighted due to another attacker's presence in the circle but it mattered not and the scores were level.

It reawoke East Grinstead as an attacking force and they forced two big stops from David Fitzgerald while Condon fired wide. Davy Carson tested Smith’s reflexes once more but no further chances meant the sides could not be separated.

East Grinstead's next match is against Spain's Club Egara on Saturday at 1130am English time.

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