Mannheimer overcome day 1 blues to break Irish hearts

18 May 2018

EuroHockey Club Cup Classification Match

University College Dublin 1 Mannheimer HC 2

Mannheimer had to come from behind to earn a fifth place playoff with surprise team, Victorya Smolevichi. After a goalless first quarter, Sorcha Clarke gave UCD the lead in the 21st minute with a deflection.

UCD’s lead lasted for just two minutes before Emma Förter equalised, again with a deflection. UCD had goalkeeper, Clodagh Cassin to thank for some inspired goalkeeping late in the first half, whilst Maria Tost blazed the ball past the left post early in the third quarter as Mannheimer gradually built up some attacking momentum.

UCD also had a defensive scare in the third quarter when the ball, seemingly heading for the Irish backline, unexpectedly rebounded off the post before it was hastily cleared by a UCD defender.

UCD stayed in contention until six minutes from the end, when Maxi Pohl scored the winner to break Irish hearts. UCD fielded a kicking back with just over three minutes remaining, but time and UCD’s luck run out.

UCD now face hosts, Surbiton on Sunday for seventh place.

University College Dublin

Scorer: Sorcha Clarke 21-F

Squad: Clodagh Cassin (GK), Katherine Egan, Leah McGuire, Deirdre Duke (Capt.), Ellen Curran, Kathryn Mullan, Bethany Barr, Emma Russell, Anna Richardson, Lena Tice, Orla Patton.

Subs: Sarah Robinson (2 mins), Sorcha Clarke (6), Sara Twomey (8), Sarah Young (9), Abigail Russell (10), Emma Young (13).

Sub not used: Laura Gunning (GK).

Mannheimer

Scorers: Emma Förter 23-F, Maxi Pohl 54-F.

Squad: Julia Meffert, Cecile Pieper, Nadine Kanler, Maxi Pohl, Emma Förter, Sonja Zimmermann, Lydia Haase, Nike Lorenz (Capt.), Florencia Habif, Lisa Schneider (GK), Stine Kurz.

Subs: Alicia Magaz Medrano (5 mins), Maria Tost (6), Charlotte Gerstenhöfer (6), Megan Frazer (7), Merle Knobloch (7), Solvej Althof (7).

Sub not used: Paula Schmidt (GK).

Umpires: Anne Van den Bosch (Belgium) and Hannah Harrison (England)

Colin Pike | Images: Perspective Photos

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