The decision by a Greek team to drop out of the Eurohockey Women’s Challenge III tournament meant that Hawks and Eagles were paired together in the same group. Both knew each other very well from frequent clashes between them. The last of which had ended 5-2 for Eagles.
Hawks started well but Eagles soon got into their stride. The first strike at goal coming from Eagles within the first ten minutes saved by Glover.
On minute ten Buhagiar put in the first when the ball was crossed into the d and she found space to strike past Glover.
Eagles were pressing Hawks back giving them little space to play. The only real occasion for Hawks was a short corner they wasted.
Pushed back Hawks defense were playing at the back and pressed hard. In one of this presses forward by Eagles the ball was stolen at the edge of the d, leading to the 2-0.
The first half finished with the score unchanged.
The intensity was evident as Buhagiar stole inside the d and Glover dived bravery to save.
A short corner for Eagles after a quarter an hour of play gave them their third. The importance of the goal could be seen as Eagles celebrated. Eagles were pressed back for the next few minutes defending another short corner and then having to clear around the goalmouth.
In the last seven minutes Eagles played with backs to goal after two yellow cards kept them two players short. Faced with several short corners Eagles held on by a he skin of their teeth. With the players returning to the field they reinforced at the back to protect their three goals.
A win placed them top of their group with their next match against Navax. At least that was what everyone believed, except goal difference placed them second with Tauras coming first. Eagles will face Cardiff University tomorrow afternoon at 1330.