Excellent second day for Watsonians and Grange at EuroHockey Club Trophy

After a disappointing day at the EuroHockey Club Trophy competition yesterday, Scotland`s top sides retaliated with vigour, Watsonians women were 3-0 winners over Italian side Butterfly Roma in Hamburg while Grange beat Vinnitsa from Ukraine 3-1 in Lousada.


Watsonians 3-0 Butterfly Roma (ITALY)

The first half was goalless. But the third quarter was the catalyst. Sarah Jamieson opened the scoring from open play after five minutes followed fairly quickly by a penalty corner conversion from Emily Dark for a two goal lead. During that time Watsonians had four penalty corners and Bethan Mann along with Katherine Holdgate were visitors to the sin bin. But that quarter did decide the outcome of the game.

In the final quarter it was the Italian`s turn to have a couple of sin bin visitations and the result was sealed with a third goal from Anni Arthur with three minutes left.

Although there was only three goals in it, Watsonians` dominance could be calculated as they led the penalty corner count ten to one.

Here is what coach Keith Smith had to say on the proceedings. “While we performed well against Surbiton yesterday, it is important that we followed that with a win today to prove we could back that up.  We controlled the game from start to finish which was really pleasing, but we can still improve how ruthless we are in the final third – but we are learning with every game at this level, and today was another big step forward in that process.”

Watsonians move into third spot in the table alongside hosts Der Club An Der Alster who lost 4-3 to Surbiton from England, and the sides play head to head, possibly for second spot in the pool.


Grange 3-0 Vinnitsa (UKRAINE)

Grange were first out of the trap against Vinnitsa with two penalty corner strikes from Robbie Croll and Aidan McQuade for a two goal lead, although Dmytro Hrubyi pulled one back for the Ukrainians before the interval.

The second half was delayed about 40 minutes due to a torrential downpour, but Grange`s spirits were far from dampened. In the third quarter David Nairn was on hand to add a third to Grange`s tally when he rounded the keeper and scored from a very narrow angle.  There were chances at both ends near the end but no further goals.

Grange manager Martin Shepherdson said: “It was a much improved performance and the final pool game will be against hosts Lousada.”

While Irish side Lisnagarvey seem destined to head the pool, Grange could secure second spot with a win over Lousada from Portugal.


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