Truyens leads Racing to KO16 with 6-2 win over Banbridge

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Pool C: Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles – Banbridge
Two field goals from Jerome Truyens set Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles up for the win they needed to advance to the KO16 of the Euro Hockey League in Rotterdam, beating Banbridge 6-2.

Racing hit the front with less than a minute on the clock, a lovely flowing move via Guillermo Garcia to Tom Boon on the baseline who passed into the path of Jerome Truyens to guide in a field goal.

The Belgians were thundering forward at every opportunity during this phase, drawing plenty of good stops from Gareth Lennox, one brilliantly with his helmet.

Bann kept battling, however, and they got back on level terms when Jamie Wright was knocked over with the goal gaping, earning a stroke that Philip Brown converted, making it 2-2.

Tom Boon edged Racing back in front with a drag-flick from a corner, making it 3-2 at half-time. They stretched further into the lead via another smooth move, this time Max Lootens getting away down the left wing before picking out Truyens who touched in his third goal of the weekend. It made it 5-2.

Bann, despite going down to nine players at one stage, won a series of second half corners to make sure it was never a truly easy passage but the Belgian side had enough in their favour to take the KO16 ticket.

Conor Harte added another corner for good measure while Tommy Willems cracked the post with an excellent shot in a fiery closing stage with both sides reduced to nine players in the last five minutes for yellow cards.

“We were really happy with the performance against Poznan because it is always a tricky game against a different style than what we are used to,” Cedric Charlier said of the weekend's performances.

"We managed it well and were happy with the result. Today, the level was pretty poor but, at the end, we qualified for the next round so that’s the most important. I think as a team we could have learned more from these games than we did but we are happy enough and will celebrate tonight!”