Day 1 of the first ever knock-out EHCCC and the Dutch hosts treated us to….

 

Game 1 of the EHCCC14 and no surprises as the Amsterdam H&BC put down a marker of intent with a comprehensive win over Atasport.
Eva de Goede opened the scoring with a direct strike for a penalty corner in the 2nd minute. She followed this with a second PC within minutes bringing the score to 2-0. Ellen Hoog did the honours for Amsterdam’s third successful corner, putting them in the lead 3-0 after 8 minutes. Atasport started to cope better with the pace of the game in the second quarter, but conceded 2 more before half time, Sarah Mikdad and Charlotte Vega scoring one each. The second half was a repeat of the first, with Atatsport soaking up a lot of pressure in the third quarter.Vega scored her second in the 40th minute, and Pien Holleman, Kelly Jonker scoring one a piece, the final goals coming from Kitty van Male, who had been denied a number of times by the Azeri defense. A final score of 9-0 was a very fair reflection
of the game and AH&BC Amsterdam took the first of 4 semi-final slots.

AH&BC Amsterdam 9-0 (5-0) Atasport
Eva de Goede 2′, 6′
Ellen Hoog 8′
Sarah Mikdad 19′
Charotte Vega 28′,40
Pein Holleman 44′
Kelly Jonker 52′
Kitty van male 69′

The second game of the day was a different story with end to end action from both teams.
The game remained in deadlock for 58minutes and it a Kate Richardson-Walsh deflected PC strike by Susie Gilbert to put Reading on the score sheet.
Rumour has it that the German hockey teams are not beaten until they are on the bus home and this was reflected in the last minute when a copycat PC was driven home by Vivian Tahal. So the sides were 1-1 on the final whistle.So it was straight to shoot out….
Both keepers were in top form saving the first and second shoot out a piece, Frank then saved her third!  Vivian Tahal was the first scorer putting Uhlenhorster on the scoresheet, the reply came from Susie Gilbert, Marie Maevers score was cancelled out by Kate Richardson’s score. Kristina Hillmann was last up and the chance to put the Germans in the semi-final, which she did!

Reading HC 1 -1 (0-0) Uhlenhorster HC
Susie Gilbert 58′
Vivian Tahal 70′

S/O
Reading HC  2
Susie Gilbert
Kate Richardson-Walshe
Uhlenhorster HC  3
Vivian Tahal
Marie Maevers
Kristina Hillmann

The third game was between Berliner HC and Real Sociedad was an even game played mostly in the centre of the park with neither side having many real chances to take the lead. Real Sociedad went ahead in the 25th minute following a well rehearsed penalty corner  from Patricia Marana. Following the goal, Real looked like they were more in charge of the pace of play and in spite of some half chances the German’s failed to find an equalizer, their captain getting frustrated resulting in a green then yellow card. Real Sociedad were delighted with their win and semi-final place, they will face the hosts HC ‘s Hertogenbosch on Sunday.

Berliner HC 0-1 (0-1) Real Socieded
Patricia Marana 25’

The final game of the day and the much fancied hosts did not disappoint! Goals from Lidewij Welten and Vera Vorstenbosch in the 2nd and 3rd minute meant the 8th ranked team here Railway Union were on the back foot from the opening. A further goal from Vorstenbsch and it looked like the game would end in double figures. However Railway Union settled well into the pace of the game and with a more patient approach did not concede any further goals in the 2nd quarter, in fact they had 2 serious chances that could have put pressure on the 3-0 score. The score was 3-0 at halftime. Den Bosch came out of the traps after the break and put massive pressure on, with some sublime passing scored via Maartje Krekelaar in the 39th minute and then with goals from Marloes Keetels and Frederique Matla pushed to score to 6-0 and the game way beyond the more inexperienced side. Den Bosch earned their first PC of the game in the 67th minute and Emile Mol converted, the final score was 7-0.

Railway Union HC 0-7 (0-3) HC ‘s Hertogenbosch
Lidewij Welten 2′
Vera Vorstenbosch 3′
Vera Vorstenbosch 14′
Maartje Krekelaar 39′
Marloes Keetels 52′
Frederique Matla 63′
Emilie Mol 67’

Upcoming games:
19 Apr 14:30 LM1 Atasport – LM2 Reading HC
19 Apr 17:00 LM3 Berliner HC – LM4 Railway Union HC
SF1 20 Apr 14:30 WM1 Amsterdam H & BC – WM2 Uhlenhorster HC
SF2 20 Apr 17:00 WM3 Real Sociedad de Futbal SAD – WM4 HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Photograph:  Railway Union v Den Bosch – Frank Reelick (c)