“Always win your last game” Host Surbiton bow out fighting

EuroHockey Club Cup 7th/ 8th Place Playoff

University College Dublin 0 Surbiton 4

Hosts Surbiton finally found their form after a disappointing tournament to beat University College Dublin 4-0 and finish seventh at the EuroHockey Club Cup.

However, UCD threatened in the first half, Ellen Curran running at the Surbiton defence, Dierdre Duke shooting past the right post and Kathryn Mullan forcing a save from the Irish club’s first penalty corner.

Five minutes into the second half, Giselle Ansley’s drag-flick narrowly evaded Jo Hunter and was deflected into the goal off an Irish foot to put Surbiton ahead. Four minutes later, a manoeuvred routine found Emily Atkinson at the left post and then the far post where Georgie Twigg poked the ball home in a scramble to double the lead.

With four minutes remaining, Hannah Martin made the game safe, but UCD elected to use a kicking back with just under three minutes remaining and paid the penalty, Beckie Middleton, on her last appearance in Surbiton colours, rolling the ball into an empty net to complete a comprehensive 4-0 victory with just twelve seconds remaining.

Sarah Page also played her last match for Surbiton, after making the decision to retire from playing hockey.

University College Dublin

Squad: Clodagh Cassin (GK); Sara Twomey, Katharine Egan, Leah McGuire, Deirdre Duke (Capt.), Ellen Curran, Kathryn Mullan, Bethany Barr, Sorcha Clarke, Orla Patton, Sarah Robinson.

Subs: Emma Russell (5 mins), Abigail Russell (6), Sarah Young (7), Anna Richardson (10), Emma Young (12).

Subs not used: Laura Gunning (GK), Lena Tice.

Surbiton

Scorers: Giselle Ansley 35-PC, Georgie Twigg 39-PC, Hannah Martin 56-F, Beckie Middleton 60-F

Squad: Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft (Capt.), Georgie Twigg, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Emily Atkinson, Beckie Middleton, Sarah Page, Hollie Pearne-Webb, Alice Sharp, Abi Walker (GK).

Subs: Olivia Chilton (4 mins), Holly Payne (7), Robyn Collins (10), Anabel Herzsprung (10), Stephanie Addison (14), Lucy Holder (43), Ellie Shahbo (GK) (59).

Umpires: Gabriele Schmitz (Germany) and Anne Van den Bosch (Belgium)

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