European Club Hockey Competition Update Sunday March 31

Lisnagarvey secure place in Monday’s final with impressive win at the EURO HOCKEY CLUB TROPHY I in Portugal



Lisnagarvey went into this EUROHOCKEY CLUB TROPHY I Pool B match with one simple mission beat OKS Vinnitsa and secure a place in Monday’s tournament final against the Pool A winners Cardiff MET from Wales.

A two-goal blitz in less than 60 seconds left the Ukrainians on the back foot from close to the start. Daniel Nelson converted a penalty corner for Lisnagarvey in the 4th minute and within a minute captain Andrew Williamson had them 2-0 ahead with another converted penalty corner. Andrew Edgar converted another penalty corner for Lisnagarvey to make it 3-0 to the Irish side in the 11th minute. Oliver Kidd had just been green carded when Garvey increased their lead.

The Ukranians were reduced to 10 players in the 16th minute when Volodymyr Kaplinskyi was yellow carded for 5 minutes  during this time Andrew Williamson got his second goal of the game, this time from open play in the 18th minute to make it 4-0 to Lisnagarvey.

No sooner had Kalpinskyi returned to action than his teammate Myhailo Yasinskyi was green carded keeping them reduced to 10 for a further 2 minutes. But Lisnagarvey waited until the 27th minute before adding a fifth to the scoresheet when Oliver Kidd converted a penalty corner. Lisnagarvey led 5-0 at half-time.

There was no further scoring in the third quarter and Lisnagarvey led 5-0 going into the fourth quarter. Ben Nelson scored from open play in the 48th minute to make it 6-0 to Lisnagarvey. MacKenzie Connor made it 7-0 to Lisnagarvey from open play in the 57th minute. The 8-0 victory was sealed in the final minute with a converted penalty corner from Matthew Aughey. Lisnagarvey by winning Pool B won a place in the tournament final against the winners of Pool A Cardiff MET from Wales. They will see this as a winnable game and could seal promotion to the higher-level tournament for an Irish team in next season’s European club competitions.

OKS VINNITSA: Bohdan Yurkov (GK),  Volodymyr Kostechko, Yurii Dzemukh,  Volodymyr Kaplinskyi, Maksym Onofriiuk,  Mykhailo Yasinskyi, Volodymyr Zhmereniuk, Artem Kapura, Oleksandr Diachenko (C), Oleksandr Solomianyi, Oleksii Popov, SUBS USED: Roman  Bludov (GK) (16 mins), Dmytro Hrubyi (6 mins),  Oleksandr Yasinskyi (6 mins), Iurii Moroz (9 mins), Vadym Mynchuk (18 mins)

LISNAGARVEY: James Milliken (GK), James Lorimar, Ben Nelson, Jonathan Lynch, Mark McNelis, James Corry,  Peter McKibbin, Andrew Williamson, Daniel Nelson, Harry Morris, Matthew Nelson, SUBS USED: Matthew Aughey (4 mins), Ryan Getty  (4 mins), Andrew Edgar (4 mins),  Oliver Kidd  (4 mins), Matthew McKibbin (6 mins), MacKenzie Connor (8 mins), James Ritchie (GK) (51 mins)