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AH&BC Amsterdam 0 SV Kampong 2 (Q Caspers, B Kellerman)
Glorious second half goals from Quirijn Caspers and Bjorn Kellerman saw SV Kampong win the EHL for the first time with a gritty GRAND FINAL win over AH&BC Amsterdam.
The first half was toe-to-toe, nip and tuck with neither side giving an inch. It led to a battle with few chances of real note. Mirco Pruyser’s shot was straight at David Harte while Erik Bouwens flashed a shot across the face of goal from the pick of the chances.
Santi Freixa’s clever snap shot also slipped by the post and Martijn Havenga’s drag-flick was denied by Laurens Goedegebuure from the chances that did come.
There was always plenty of bite to the tie and four green cards were dished out before half-time, showing the game was balanced on a knife-edge but no goals accrued before the half-time break as Amsterdam missed the work-rate and invention of the injured Valentin Verga.
The tempo and the temperature ramped up in the second half with Amsterdam winning their first two corners but Sander de Wijn charged down
one effort from Justin Reid-Ross and Sjoerd de Wert knocked the other one off the line.
And the game-breaking goal came soon after Klaas Vermeulen was shown a yellow card. Within a minute, Kellerman picked up the ball on the left sideline and unleashed a brilliant 50-metre reverse-stick pass up to
Quirijn Caspers on the edge of the circle. His finish was delicious, chipping
the ball over the goalkeeper’s shoulder.
Bouwens and Rutger Marres drew good saves from Goedegebuure who pushed the pace in spite of Martijn Havenga’s yellow card. Santi Freixa saw the third yellow of the quarter to make it ten players each, however.
Amsterdam had their chances in the closing five minutes, Teun Rohof unable to gobble up a corner chance from a square pass while another chance bounced off the post from Jan-Willem Buissant.
But the game was won with two minutes left when Bjorn Kellerman and Constantijn Jonker exchanged some beautiful passes to allow the former to volley home en route to the man of the match title.
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