Eight in a row for unstoppable East Grinstead

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East Grinstead 5 (2)
Simon Faulkner 4 (PC)
Ross Stott 16 (FG)
David Condon 26, 32 (FG, FG)
Josh Coniglio 31 (FG)

Canterbury 1 (1)
Liam Foster 7 (FG)

A two goal salvo from David Condon gave East Grinstead their eighth indoor title in a row after a 5-1 win over Canterbury. The Great Britain star struck a brace, as he did in the semi-final, adding to goals from Simon Faulkner, Ross Stott and Josh Coniglio. Canterbury struck back through Liam Foster but it was a case of déjà vu for the Kent side who lost out to Grinstead just as they did the previous year. 

East Grinstead struck the first blow. They forced a penalty corner after four minutes and from a well-worked routine Simon Faulkner found the target via the crossbar with a bullet strike. Canterbury immediately forced a corner of their own but their intricate set piece broke down and East Grinstead cleared.

The Kent side didn't have to wait long for their leveller however. Ross Gilham-Jones went down the boards on the right and cut the ball back to Liam Foster who slammed it home. Canterbury began to exert pressure on the East Grinstead defence. A terrific piece of individual play from Harry Jawanda forced Paddy Smith into a superb sprawling save, keeping the scores level. Jawanda and Smith seemed to be having their own personal battle. The Canterbury No3 forced the England goalkeeper into action twice more in quick succession as the contest ramped up a notch.

East Grinstead were by no means in their shell and with 16 minutes on the clock Ross Stott broke free and lifted a lovely finish into the roof of the net. Canterbury squandered a penalty corner chance with two minutes of the half remaining and it was 2-1 to East Grinstead heading into the break.

Neither side was giving an inch in the second half. David Condon had a gilt-edged opportunity to extend the lead but his shot was saved by a diving Diccon Stubbings. However the England man was not denied for long, slotting in a lovely low finish in the 26th minute.

Smith excelled himself once again in the EG goal, seeing off a penalty corner from Foster. With the momentum seemingly swinging in favour of Canterbury, East Grinstead struck a devastating blow with a lovely individual goal from Josh Coniglio. Canterbury went for a time out and came back with no goalkeeper as they searched for a way back into the contest. The gamble backfired as Condon lifted the ball past the kicking back for his second and his team’s fourth.

Undeterred, the Kent side kept pushing forwards and Smith was alive to the situation once again, making a fine block to deny his old nemesis Jawanda. Canterbury used the extra outfield player well and were camped in the East Grinstead half. Some resolute defence kept them at bay as did the crossbar which was struck by a rocket from Kwan Browne. The clock ran down and East Grinstead celebrated an eighth win in a row to go alongside their women’s triumph earlier in the day.

Two goal hero David Condon took some time to talk to England hockey post match. Watch the video below: 

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