2 June 2017 EuroHockey Club Cup Quarter-Final
SURBITON LADIES 2–1 SPV COMPLUTENSE
Scorers: Evans 33-F, Webb 50-PC
Squad: King, Haycroft (Capt.), Twigg, Hunter, Webb, Atkinson, Defroand, Middleton, Page, Sharp, Bray (GK). Subs: Martin (7′), Woolven (7′), Evans (8′), Robinson (9′), Chilton (21′). Subs not used, Ansley, Shahbo (GK)
Umpires: Michelle Meister (Ger) and Lisette Baljon (Ned)
Surbiton Ladies reached the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Club Cup for the first time in their history when they beat Spanish club SPV Complutense 2-1 on Friday afternoon in a sunny Den Bosch.
Surbiton had lost out on shuffles to Club Campo De Madrid in 2015 and crashed to UHC Hamburg in 2016 in their previous quarter-final appearances, but it proved to be third time lucky in 2017 after a patient performance.
Surbiton dominated the first half but couldn’t successfully penetrate the Spanish defence to take advantage of their well earned possession with Complutense also staying patient.
The first half remained goalless in spite of Surbiton forcing four penalty corners in the second quarter, Hollie Webb forcing a couple of saves and Beckie Middleton also going close just before half time.
Within three minutes of the second half, the deadlock was broken, Naomi Evans, who had had a shot blocked seconds before, scoring from close range to the delight of Surbiton’s travelling supporters.
Unfortunately, the lead was short lived, Begoña Garcia equalising three minutes later with an angled shot. The restart was slightly delayed as Surbiton’s players asked for clarification why the goal had been given.
With the scores still level at 1-1, Complutense had the opportunity to take the lead for the first time early in the fourth quarter.
Lucia Jimenez and Garcia’s attack culminated in the award of a penalty stroke in the 47th minute. Fortunately for Surbiton, the Complutense captain, Lola Riera Zuzuarregui blazed the ball past Surbiton goalkeeper, Louisa Bray’s left post leaving all to play for in the final 13 minutes.
With just ten minutes to play, one of Surbiton’s Olympic heroines, Hollie Webb, found the backboard from their seventh penalty corner of the match to score what proved to be the winning goal.
However, Surbiton had to defend a Complutense penalty corner in the final minute before they could celebrate their first ever European quarter-final victory and set up a meeting with hosts ‘s-Hertogenbosch at 5.15 pm CET on Saturday.
‘s-Hertogenbosch beat Irish champions Hermes-Monkstown 9-0 in the last quarter-final.
Canterbury lost 5-0 to UHC Hamburg in the second quarter-final and will meet the Russian champions, CSP Krylatskoye in the first 5th-8th place match on Sunday.
In the first semi-final on Saturday (1500 CET), UHC Hamburg will play AH&BC Amsterdam, winners over CSP Krylatskoye, 8-0 in the third quarter-final.