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Hockey - Eton vs Radley

 

 XI Hockey:  Radley 1 Eton 2

(May, Karslake)

 

Eton thoroughly deserved this victory, having dominated large passages of the match. That said, the hosts took the lead after just two minutes from a slickly executed penalty 1st corner move. The next twenty minutes saw play exclusively in the Radley half. Eton successfully channelled the ball into Radley’s defensive, left corner: the weak area in hockey. Pressing from May, Karslake, Holden and Shaw Stewart then resulted in numerous turnovers from which the Eton side looked to attack. Despite frequent attempts, the Radley goal remained intact, leaving the score 1-0 at the break.

Radley was an improved side after the interval but was over-reliant on their two high forwards, who had become isolated from their midfield. Cox, Macinnes and Palmer marked to good effect, nullifying this threat. The Eton players did well not to chase the game, but to back their hockey-playing ability to create chances. Ten minutes into the second half, May deflected a penalty corner in via the underside of the crossbar and the result was decided shortly afterwards with a moment of genuine quality: a penetrating, diagonal, long ball from Arwas to Karslake, who controlled cleanly and struck fiercely into the bottom corner.

On Sunday Eton finished runners-up in the Berkshire U18 competition at Wellington. Eton played 6, won 3, drew 3 and finished with identical points and goal difference as Desborough, who then went through following a penalty flick competition.

 

Tom Allen 

18.1.09 

 

 

 

 

DATE POSTED: 18 January 2009

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