Lisnagarvey and Hamburger Polo Club both recorded their first ever victories in the Euro Hockey League, winning 4-0 each to set up a KO8 date on Friday evening.
Garvey recorded their first ever win in the EHL as an outstanding first quarter laid the base for a 4-0 victory over CA Montrouge.
It took just over three minutes to break the deadlock with James Corry sweeping home a penalty corner rebound. It was quickly 2-0 with Daniel Nelson working the ball into Troy Chambers whose shot took a heavy deflection en route to the top of the goal.
And Andy Williamson dragged in a third with just 11 minutes on the clock for a big 3-0 lead. Montrouge pushed them back into their defensive zone for mych of the second and third quarters with Corentian Sellier a regular threat.
But they were caught once more when Mark McNellis slung the ball into the danger zone where Daniel Nelson poked out a stick for the fourth goal. It put them completely out of sight and on course for their first EHL KO8 fixture.
Next up for them is a date with Hamburger Polo Club who enjoyed a dream first fixture in the men’s EHL as their superb counter-attack style saw them run out 4-0 winners against.
Polo took the lead in the fifth minute from an outstanding pitch-length move with Max Silanoglu racing down the right wing before crossing to where Constantin Staib was credited with the final touch.
The goal came in painful fashion for umpire Jakub Mejziik who had to depart the scene in the aftermath with a dislocated shoulder.
Paul Smith made it 2-0 with an absolute peach of a goal. Niklas Bosserhoff broke down the left sideline and fired the perfect backhand pass to the top of the circle which Smith controlled and then reversed into the net.
Wimbledon held much of the ball and pressed hard to get back into the contest but Polo kept finding the goal from the fewer chances that came their way. Staib got another in the third quarter with a near post touch which defeated James Bailey.
And Kane Russell completed the victory with 11 minutes to go with a powerful drag-flick to close out the day’s scoring.
EHL Men’s KO16 will be available for broadcast across the globe from September 29 to October 2, 2022 via the following outlets
- www.EuroHockeyTV.org – every game live on pay-per-view for €6.99 (all regions except Latin America and France)
- ESPN Latin America will broadcast each game live
- SportAll hold the rights for each game in France.