Efficient Kelburne too much for Kazan


Pool D: Bromac Kelburne 3 (J McKenzie, J Nommensen, J Cairns) Dinamo Kazan 1 (T Nikolaev)
Bromac Kelburne showed a clinical edge to see off Dinamo Kazan and give themselves a major shot at reaching the KO16 when they meet UHC Hamburg.

After a couple of early Kazan corners – one of which hit the base of the post from an Almaz Kurbanov switch-flick – Kelburne bounced back to hit the front in the 24th minute.

Iain Scholefield’s run drove at the heart of the Russian defence before the ball slipped across the circle to the right where McKenzie spun around and thumped home.

And they had major chances to extend the lead, first when Chris Nelson’s reverse hit the post and, next, when Josh Cairns saw his penalty stroke rebound off the frame of the goal too.

The second eventually came via Jonas Nommensen, using his German indoor-style skills to spin and push home from mid-circle after McKenzie had drawn a save from Marat Gafarov.

Kazan continued to press forward, winning several corners, but Kelburne kept scoring from their fewer chances. Cairns whipped home a penalty corner for a 3-0 advantage in the 53rd minute.

Timur Nikolaev got one back from the injector’s spot from a corner but it was too late to threaten getting anything other than a losing bonus point.