23.05.2015, Brussels: Day 2 at the EuroHockey Club Trophy in Dublin and the pools are shaping up for the Final games on Monday:

Atasport 3 (S Nazir, A Nadirov, V A Butt) Whitchurch 1 (P Wilkinson)

Atasport kept their interest in topping the table alive with a strong 3-1 win over Welsh side Whitchurch in the second game of day two of Pool A.

Shahzad Nasir got the Azeris up and running with a fine early goal in the sixth minute but they could not build on their upper hand in the first half and were caught on the hop when Philip Wilkinson smashed home a corner rebound to equalise.

Ali Nadirov restored the lead early in the second half, though, and Vaqas Ahmad Butt then fired in a drag-flick to make it 3-1. They did have to ride out a ten-minute reduction in numbers as Khalid Gozalov took a yellow card. Whitchurch could not close the gap, though, and Atasport added the win to yesterday’s draw.

SK Slavia Prague 22 20 SVATON Marek Field Goal 0 – 1
SK Slavia Prague 33 22 TOPEK Vilém Penalty Corner Goal 0 – 2
SK Slavia Prague 36 14 KYNDL Jakub Field Goal 0 – 3
SG Amsicora ASD 44 11 MUREDDU Fabio Penalty Stroke Goal 1 – 3
SK Slavia Prague 52 14 KYNDL Jakub Penalty Corner Goal 1 – 4
SK Slavia Prague 56 21 VACEK David Penalty Corner Goal 1 – 5
SG Amsicora ASD 67 7 CARTA Giaime Penalty Corner Goal 2 – 5

Pool B: SK Slavia Praha 5 (J Kyndl 2, M Svaton, V Topek, D Vacek) SG Amsicora 2 (F Mureddu, G Carta)

SK Slavia Praha proved too good for SG Amsicora to record their first win of the competition, winning 5-2 with something to spare with Jakub Kyndl notching his third and fourth goals of the tournament on dat two of the competition.

Marek Svaton got them off the mark 20 minutes in before Vilem Topek deflected in a corner move for 2-0 just before half-time. Kyndl’s third goal extended the margin early in the second half.

Fabio Mureddu pulled one back from a penalty stroke but the win was complete when Kyndl shot home another corner and David Vacek scored from another set piece. Giaime Carta got a consolation for the Italians with three minutes remaining.

Atasport 10 6 NASIR Shahzad Field Goal 1 – 0
Whitchurch HC 32 11 WILKINSON Phillip Penalty Corner Goal 1 – 1
Atasport 39 11 NADIROV Ali Field Goal 2 – 1
Atasport 41 5 BUTT Vaqas Ahmad Penalty Corner Goal 3 – 1

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Pool B: OKS SHVSM

Vinnitsa 2 (A Koshelenko 2) SC Stroitel Brest 2 (A Ozerskyi 2)

A last minute goal from Andrii Koshelenko saw OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa snatch a draw to get off the mark in Pool B, denying Stroitel Brest a second successive victory.

He had initially given the Ukraine side the lead as half-time closed in, firing home his third of the competition with a drag-flick. Artem Ozerskyi, however, swapped the lead around in the second period, one from a corner, the other from an excellent finish with a diving touch over the advancing Sergii Koval to make it 2-1.

That came with 17 minutes to go and the Belarussians looked in decent shape before a meltdown in the closing phases. Both Ozerskyi and Valery Kachmarski were yellow carded and they conceded a last minute corner which Koshelenko whipped home, low into the backboard for the draw.

HC OKS-SHVSM 28 11 KOSHELENKO Andrii Penalty Corner Goal 1 – 0
SC Stroitel Brest 42 10 OZERSKYI Artem Penalty Corner Goal 1 – 1
SC Stroitel Brest 53 10 OZERSKYI Artem Field Goal 1 – 2
HC OKS-SHVSM 70 11 KOSHELENKO Andrii Penalty Corner Goal 2 – 2

Grange 2 (H Imrie 2) Three Rock Rovers 3 (J Hosking, J Bruton, R Canning)
Ross Canning’s second goal from a narrow angle proved enough for Three Rock Rovers to scrape to second win from two outings at the Tilman EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy to head up Pool B.

They rode their luck, though, as Grange had a series of good chances while Stephen West had a stunning game between the posts. Jody Hosking gave the home club the lead when he thrashed home a bouncing ball in mid-circle.

But the Scottish champions fought back in fine style and swapped the lead with two goals in a 60 second spell from Hamish Imrie, the first a classy spin from a corner rebound and the second followed moments later.

They were certainly forcing the issue from there on but were stung by a counter-attack goal, swiftly worked to Luke Madeley on the right who drove forward and crossed. It popped up to a queue of waiting Rovers attackers and Jonny Bruton pumped it home for 2-2 on the stroke of half-time.

Rovers then hit the front midway through the second half when Canning clipped home from the narrowest of angles with a classy goal for 3-2.

Grange piled forward as time passed and had a corner in the last minute but West once again stood tall to close out the win. It means they will top the group with a draw on Sunday against SC Stroitel Brest who need a win to reach the final.

Three Rock Rovers 5 18 HOSKING Jody Field Goal 0 – 1
Grange HC 25 17 IMRIE Hamish Penalty Corner Goal 1 – 1
Grange HC 26 17 IMRIE Hamish Field Goal 2 – 1
Three Rock Rovers 35 16 BRUTON Jonny Field Goal 2 – 2
Three Rock Rovers 52 11 CANNING Ross Field Goal 2 – 3

 

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Photographs: Irish Hockey Photographers (c)

Source material: Stephen Findlater