Friday, May 29, 2009

Hermes stung by late equaliser.

Despite leading three times, Hermes were forced to settle for just a point in their opening EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy group match against Glasgow Western in Wettingen, Switzerland, drawing 3-3.

The Booterstown club conceded with just three minutes to go, denying them a shock win against the pre-tournament favourites.

In the face of a huge volume of early pressure, Hermes took the lead in the 16th minute from the penalty spot, Sinead McDonnell netting after Anna O’Flanagan was stick-fouled.

Glasgow were level within two minutes, again from the penalty spot before Jenny Burke – playing in her sixth European club tournament – nailed Hermes only corner of the match to restore the advantage.

By contrast, the Scots won 11 corners but failed to convert any with stand-in goalkeeper Yvonne Kenny in inspired form.

She is likely to be replaced by Irish international Emma Gray for today’s game who was unavailable yesterday due to exam pressure,

Scotland striker Holly Cram did equalise just before the break for 2-2 but a superb move down the right-flank between Burke and Niamh Atcheler set up Chloe Watkins for what looked to be the decisive goal in the 54th minute.

But Glasgow pounced with 180 seconds to go to leave honours shared.

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