Full report from Bratislava Mens EuroHockey Challenge II
Grammarians 7-3 Ardas Rumania (Lithuania)
The match started with grammarians enjoying good possession and playing a very high tempo match with the young forwards constantly making run after run into open spaces and the midfielders bursting forward. A defensive lapse resulted in the Lithuanians stealing the ball and scoring whilst the grammarians players surging forward, much to the surprise of the spectators and players themselves.
Within minutes Grammarians were back to their best and were awarded an attacking penalty corner which the first runner blocked, however Lee Ramagge blasted the ball into the bottom corner to put the boys in maroon level. Two close range deflections from striker Lima made the score 3-1, and then 15 year old Joe Caetano set up Gabriel Benatar (17) with a brilliant reverse stick pass which Benatar hit over the keeper for the 4-1.
The Lithuanians continued to play their counter attacking game and grammarians over eagerness to score cost them two further goals as two defensive marking errors allowed the opponent the spaces to get back into the game.
Half time 4-3 for the “olde boys”
Grammarians came out in the second half with a point to prove, and so they did, continuing their fast attacking hockey and pushing for more goals. Pilcher(15) was enjoying a great game in midfield and constantly feeding his forwards with some brilliant passes. Another penalty corner was awarded and the direct drag flick from Shane Ramagge was stopped on the line by the 6 foot defender who was unable to stop it and the ball hit his body in what could’ve been a penalty stroke however the referee allowed the advantage and Carl Ramagge scored the goal of the day with a great finish.
One further short corner was awarded and Shane Ramagge made no mistake sending the ball into the side net to put the Grammarians 6-3 ahead.
Lima completed his hat-trick with minutes to go and the Grammarians proved to everyone at the stadium they are definitely a side to look out for in the future.
Ryan Gabay (16) played the entire match at centre back and was solid, Nick Pilcher(15) centre midfield and up front we had Joe Caetano (15) Andrew Galea(17) also played in defence. Gabriel Benatar,Angelo Santini, and Christian Luise were also instrumental in this victory which is surely a sign of things to come in the not too distant future for the club. Luise managed to get himself two assists, something the youngster was very proud of.
Tomorrow 830am Grammarians face Inta Baltic Champions (Lithuania) for 5th place.