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FINAL 3-4: Harvestehuder THC 3 (M Körper 2, D Goodfield) Atlètic
Terrassa 1 (M Salllés)
Michael Körper’s double under-pinned Harvestehuder
THC’s run to the bronze medal in this season’s EHL, seeing off Atlètic
Terrassa 3-1 at the Pau Negre Stadium in Barcelona.
It was something of a battle throughout with numerous cards
dished out but, when at full tilt, HTHC had the greater incision in either
circle to win out.
It took just 19 seconds to go in front as Atlètic
had barely touched the ball before they had to pick it out of the goal. David
Goodfield made an excellent break down the right wing before locating Finn Köhler
on the left; he shovelled the ball to Körper who rolled home his 18th
goal in just 11 EHL matches.
Marc Sallés equalised in the ninth from Atlètic’s
first corner of the game in the ninth minute to tie things up at 1-1. Dani
Malgosa had a big chance to take the lead when he latched onto a ball at close
range but, with Tobias Walter scrambling, the shot was miscued.
Körper’s drag-flick was brilliantly deflected onto the post by
Marc Calzada’s brilliant shot, keeping the game locked at 1-1 at the break.
It was physical and hard fought throughout with HTHC seeing
three players sin-binned in the third quarter while Sallés – who had a fierce battle with
Tobias Hauke – also spent time out in the second half.
Crucially, a Körper drag-flick hit post-man Marc
Torrente on the foot, leading to a penalty stroke which the Austrian striker
duly converted for a 2-1 lead.
David Goodfield made the game safe in the 51st
minute when his miscued shot squeezed through a series of bodies and past the
unsighted Pol Garcia-Cascon.
Atlètic produced a stirring late finish and had a goal disallowed
when Torrente’s cross was deflected in by George Farrant – it was disallowed
for danger. Roc Oliva got one back on the final hooter after a final
second goal after a series of corners as HTHC secured a second medal in three
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