Navax win first play off in Eurohockey women Challenge III in Gibraltar

The first of the crossover play off matches saw Swedish team Navax plat Tauras. Officiating on the field was Zamara Espinosa, the first female umpire from Gibraltar to officiate a European tournament on home soil.The match saw Navax with most of the possession. A slow encounter which saw Tauras produce few incursions into Navax area. However when they did they had the better of the chances. The first half ended 0-0, both teams very wary of each other.

Navax young squad were the more offensive of the two keeping Tauras stuck in their area for prolonged periods. 

With 17 minutes to the end a yellow card left Tauras momentarily one player less. A subsequent short corner play brought about Navax’s opening to make it 1-0.

Tauras had the chance to equalize but a diving save from Navax keeper kept the ball out. Within seconds Espinosa showed Tauras player a red card reducing them to ten players with 8 minutes to go.

Tauras, undermanned had their backs to goal, soon conceding an easy second through simple passes and a strike at goal somehow going straight through the middle.

With three minutes to go Tauras had a second player receive a red following her second yellow after being warned by the umpire about hacking with her stick onto the other players stick.

Tauras with just nine players on the field for the final minutes were playing a brave but futile attempt at trying to claw back a goal. Navax found it easy to reach the D but failed to convert the opportunities. 

Navax won 2-0 giving in the first of the crossover matches.

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