Match report from Bratislava after Grammarians drew 2-2 with NSA Sofia:
“The match started with grammarians controlling the pace and having good spells of possession sticking to their game plan of sitting back allowing the opponent to play round the back, waiting for their chances. Within minutes some good interchanges between veteran Adrian Bado and youngster Gabriel Benatar resulted in the boys in maroon being awarded an attacking penalty corner. Up stepped Captain Shane Ramagge who calmly slotted the ball in the bottom corner to put the Grammarians 1-0 up. For the first twenty minutes Grammarians were moving the ball well all around the pitch finding good spaces and defending solidly, however towards the end of the first half the Bulgarians pressed higher and higher and this paid off with them having a few chances which defence & keeper dealt with. In the dying second of the first half the Bulgarians had a short corner of their own which defender Lee Ramagge intercepted. Half time 0-0
“Second half started pretty much the same as the first with the Grammarians having better possession and passing, and once again they some good play resulted in another attacking short corner. Once again Shane Ramagge stepped up, and made no mistake sending the ball low into the bottom corner leaving the keeper with no chance. The boys were flying.
“Not long after they made the mistake of defending further back on their own half and the Bulgarians quickly converted two short corners of their own to level the match. For the final ten minutes of the match it was pretty much even. Full time score 2-2.
“Despite giving away a comfortable lead still plenty of positives and now we concentrate on our next job tomorrow at 12:15 vs Slagelse HK (Denmark)
“Today’s match featured several young players with 15 year old Nicholas Pilcher starting and playing most of the match making his European debut.”