Euro Hockey League KO16

WATERLOO DUCKS 11 SURBITON

(Waterloo Ducks win 4-2 on shootout)

Scorer: David Goodfield 23-F (Shootout: Alan Forsyth & David Goodfield)
Squad: Harry Gibson (GK); Luke Taylor, Jonny Gall (Capt.), David Beckett, Zach Wallace, James Royce, Alan Forsyth, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, Hayden Beltz, James Gall.

Subs: Ben Boon (4 mins), Nick Parkes (6), Tom Sorsby (7), Sam Spencer (8), Arjan Drayton Chana (9), Lewis Prosser (12).

Sub not used: Taylor Seager-Green (GK)

Umpires: Fraser Bell (Sco) and Ben Goentgen (Ger)

Surbiton Men’s hopes of reaching the KO8 of the Euro Hockey League in Eindhoven were ended in controversial fashion during the shootout which followed an entertaining 1-1 draw after 60 minutes.

The hooter sounded twice during Zach Wallace’s attempt when Waterloo Ducks led 1-0 with Surbiton aiming to level from their second attempt, Wallace failing to score from the retake.

Waterloo Ducks went on to win 4-2 and earn their place in the KO8 against fellow Belgian club KHC Dragons.

Surbiton will be especially disappointed as they put in a superb performance to draw against Waterloo Ducks. The Belgians’ key player in the first quarter was Simon Gougnard who defended against Surbiton’s Dave Beckett before subsequently battling with Nick Parkes and then setting up a chance for Jeremy Wilbers to put wide.

Surbiton threatened midway through the second quarter with Tom Sorsby and Ben Boon putting together a passing move between each other earning a long corner. In the 23rd minute, Surbiton made the breakthrough, attacking down the right and along the baseline before the ball was pulled back for David Goodfield to beat Waterloo Ducks goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch and delight Surbiton’s travelling supporters.

Unfortunately the lead only lasted three minutes before Renaud Pangrazio pounced on a loose ball and smashed the ball high into the netting beyond Surbiton goalkeeper, Harry Gibson to level matters.

Waterloo Ducks had two chances to take the lead for the first time at the end of the first half when they were awarded two successive penalty corners, the second in added on time, but Surbiton defended well.

In the third quarter, Surbiton needed Luke Taylor to bring the ball out of defence as Waterloo Ducks attacked and Brendan Creed to stop Pangrazio taking advantage of a turnover.  Ben Boon ran at the Waterloo Ducks defence and Surbiton kept possession for the final minute of the third quarter as they planned their strategy for the final fifteen minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Surbiton at last managed to force penalty corners, but Taylor’s effort was saved by Vanasch and the second award which was a manoeuvred routine was successfully defended by Waterloo Ducks with neither side able to find the winning goal.

Waterloo Ducks went first in the shootout, Gautier Bocchard putting them 1-0 ahead, Vanasch saved to deflect the ball past the right post from Arjan Drayton Chana’s attempt. Gougnard, who had been a key player for Waterloo Ducks was denied by Gibson to keep the score to 1-0 before the unfortunate double hooter during Wallace’s first attempt.

Pieter van Straaten doubled Waterloo Ducks’ lead with a reverse stick finish, but Alan Forsyth kept his nerve to keep Surbiton in the match, beating Vanasch. Waterloo Ducks’ captain, John-John Dohmen then found the net to restore their two goal advantage, Surbiton trailing 3-1. Goodfield blasted the ball high into the net to make the score 3-2, but Romain Penelle ended Surbiton’s hopes, scoring to give Waterloo Ducks a 4-2 shootout victory.

Surbiton will now play Irish club, Three Rock Rovers in a ranking match at 12.45 pm on Friday. Three Rock Rovers lost 4-2 to KHC Dragons, including former Surbiton player, Luke Noblett in the second game of the day.

Mannheimer began the day with an easy 6-0 win over Dinamo Kazan, but hosts Oranje Rood’s hopes of lifting the EHL trophy were ended on day one when in the final game of the day, they lost to 3-2 to THC Uhlenhorst Mülheim

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