European Club Hockey Competition, Loreto & Lisnagarvey Opening Game updates

Ireland’s Loreto suffer defeat to Junior FC in their opening game of ABN-AMRO EHL FINAL 8

Ireland’s Lisnagarvey in comprehensive win in their opening game of EUROHOCKEY CLUB TROPHY I POOL B 



Thursday Mar 28: Loreto began their EHL campaign with a disappointing 5-0 defeat against Spanish Champions Junior FC. Adding to the disappointment of the result itself was the fact that had Loreto won this game and reached the semi-final; there would have been a second spot available for Irish teams in next season’s competition which expands to 12 teams.

Junior and Loreto played out a scoreless first quarter. The lead goal came from Junior in the minute 26 when Maria Granatto opened her account with a goal from open play. Caoimhe Perdue was green carded in minute 34 and Junior capitalized on their player advantage going 2-0 ahead with a first goal of the game from open play for Laura Bosch. It was 2-0 at half time.

Loreto were restored to a full 11 players early in the third quarter, but Marta Gesti added a third goal for Junior in minute 38. Laura Bosch got her second goal of the game from open play in the 44th minute to leave Junior leading by 4-0. Maria Granatto added her second goal of the game in the 53rd minute to seal a 5-0 victory. Disappointingly all the goals came from open play.

What lies ahead for Loreto is a 5-8th place game on Sunday. This will bring this particular European adventure to a close.

LORETO: Liz Murphy, Lisa Mulcahy, Siofra O’Brien, Mia Jennings (C), Grace McLoughlin, Caitlin Sherin, Yasmin Pratt, Christina Hamill, Hannah Matthews, Hannah McLoughlin, Rachel Kelly SUBS USED: Grace Donald (6 mins), Aisling Murray (6 mins), Ella Pasley (6 mins), Sarah Torrans (8 mins), Caoimhe Perdue (8 mins), Katie Dunne (10 mins), Lorna Bateman GK (56 mins)

JUNIOR FC: Jana Martinez (GK), Clara Pineda, Laura Bosch, Teresa Lima, Carlota Petchame (C), Anna Gardsjord, Julia Strappato, Anna Serrahima, Maria Granatto, Laia Vidosa, Georgina Oliva  SUBS USED: Gabriela Perez (4 mins), Marta Gesti (4 mins) Berta Serrahima (5 mins) Jessie Bele (8 mins), Mariona San Jose (8 mins), Marta Punti (49 mins), Delfina Radrizzi GK (53 mins).


Ireland’s Lisnagarvey in comprehensive win in opening game of EUROHOCKEY CLUB TROPHY I POOL B 



Friday Mar 29: Lisnagarvey got their EuroHockey Club Trophy I Pool B campaign off to an impressive start with a comprehensive win over Scottish side Grange in Lousada, Portugal on Friday. Grange found themselves temporarily reduced to ten players when Aidan Quade was green carded and Lisnagarvey took advantage almost immediately.

Oliver Kidd got things underway with a goal from open play for the Irish side in the 10th minute. Garvey led 1-0. Captain Andrew Williamson increased their lead when he converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute. Oliver Kidd got his second goal of the game when he converted a penalty corner in the 24th minute and the Comber Road based side led 3-0 at half time. Oliver Kidd completed his hat-trick with a goal from open play in the 37th minute to leave Garvey leading by 4-0 and no way back seemingly for the Scottish side.

There was no further scoring in the third quarter and Lisnagarvey were able to see out the remainder of the match comfortably keeping a clean sheet in the process. Goal difference may prove crucial in deciding pool positions so having a goal difference of plus four this early into the competition may be of great benefit come the end of the round robin tournament.

LISNAGARVEY: James Milliken (GK),  James Lorimar, Ben Nelson, Jonathan Lynch, Mark McNelis, Peter McKibbin, Andrew Williamson (C), Daniel Nelson, Harry Morris, Ryan Getty, Matthew Nelson SUBS USED: Matthew McKibbin (4 mins), Andrew Edgar (5 mins), Oliver Kidd (6 mins) James Corry (6 MINS), MacKenzie Connor (6 mins), Matthew Aughey (6 mins)

GRANGE (SCOTLAND): David Forrester (GK),  Joseph Waterston, Clemens Rusnjak, David Nairn, Calum Wood, Ben Pearson, Dylan Bean, John McCloskey, Aidan McQuade, Cale Walsh, Robert Croll  SUBS USED: Jamie Green (3 MINS), Michael McKenzie (3 MINS), Calum Lothian (3 MINS), Livio Belotti (C),  (4 MINS), Zachary Talbot (4 MINS).