HC 1972 Rakovnik (CZE) – Nacka LHK (SWE) 10-0 (8-0)

Today was the first day of the EuroHockey Club Challenge III 2019 Women in Boryspil, Ukraine. After a short opening ceremony where the mayor of the city of Boryspil, Anatolii Fedorczuk, symbolically threw the first ball of the game, HC 1972 Rakovnik started the game brightly and scored a field goal after 2 minutes of play by Barbora MANKOVA. This was the start of a goal festival with a total of 8 goals before half time. 4 of them scored by Veronika KOPRIVOVA and one from Tereza OHNEMICHLOVA, Iva DANKOVA and Veronika MATOUSKOVA. Nacka LHK could do little to prevent a further increase of the score, HC 1972 Rakovnik was comfortable at half time and went on to score a goal in each of the last quarters by Eliska HOLUBOVA and Barbora CERMAKOVA, who scored the only penalty corner of the game. With this result HC 1972 Rakovnik leads pool A and HK Zelina enjoyed a rest day.

HAHK Mladost (CRO) – Grupo Desportivo do Viso (POR) 4-0 (3-0)

In pool B HAHK Mladost started their tournament brightly with a comfortable win against Group Desportivo do Viso. The first goal of the game was scored by Martina PETRETIC who scored from close range in the 11th minute of the game. HAHK Mladost scored 2 goals in quick succession in the second quarter, a field goal goal by Monika VAJDIC and only 4 minutes later Marina ABRAMOVIC successfully executed a penalty corner with a hard shot to left of the goalkeeper. Praise to the Portuguese team who didn’t give up and kept fighting for a good result and after half time had a couple of occasions to score a goal but unfortunately for them HAHK Mladost was more effective with their chances and Marina ABRAMOVIC scored another goal from a penalty corner in the 50th minute of the game.

Gaziantep Polisgucu SK – Kolos Boryspol 2-3 (0-2)

In the other game of pool B a fully packed stadium saw hosts Kolos Boryspol take on Turkish Champions Gaziantep Polisgucu SK in arguably the best game of the tournament so far. The hosts started brightly with almost a goal in the first minutes of the game. The ball ended up in the Turkish goal but it had not been touched by an attacker in the circle and the shot resulted into a long corner. In the 10th minute of the game Anna TANCHENKO scored from a difficult angle after Tetyana SALENKO somehow kept a ball in that seemed to being going over the back line and managed to pass the ball to her teammate. Almost directly the home team had a huge chance to double the lead from the penalty spot after Karina LEONOVA was fouled by the Turkish goalkeeper Elif KUPELI. The goalkeeper made up for her error by saving the attempt of Viktoriya NELYUBA by diving to her right and keeping the ball out with her stick. The game continued at high pace with many attempts on goal from both teams but both goalkeepers played a good game and prevented their opponents from scoring until in the 5 minutes before half time Zoia LEBEDIUK scored a goal after a goal mouth scramble. Despite being reduced to 10 players after a green card for Meryem OYMAK Gaziantep pulled one goal back directly after the start of the third quarter. Perihan KUCUKKOK scored with a hard diagonal back hand shot to give her team hope for a good result. The third quarter belonged to Gaziantep, they seemed the more active team, but somehow this did not result into the equalizer. Experience showed when the oldest player of the tournament 53 years old Svitlana KOLOMIETS chased a deep ball to the left side of the pitch. With time running out she found Karina LEONOVA unmarked in the right side of the circle with a brilliant backhand pass, the only thing LEONOVA needed to do was to touch the ball to see it deflect high into the top corner of the net. To the enjoyment of the home team and the crowd the ball appeared to have crossed the line before the officials indicated that the third period was over. Despite Turkish protests the umpires decided that goal would stand. In the fourth quarter the Turkish team gave all they could and reduced the deficit to 2-3 when captain Leyla OZTURK scored 9 minutes before the end of the game in one of their numerous attempts. Despite heavy pressure the home team didn’t allow any more goals in and where happy to hear the final whistle.

These results mean that HAKH Mladost is on first place on goal difference with the home team with the same amount of points on second place.

 

8 Jun- Today’s Games

Time Teams Title
12:15 ZELINA – RAKOVNIK Pool A
14:30 MLADOST – GAZIANTEP Pool B
16:45 BORYSPOL – VISO Pool B

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