Sunday, August 2, 2009

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Day two round-up

Pool B: Wales 1 (Ben Croxall) Czech Republic 1 (Tomas Prochazka)

Wales were denied a second straight win by the towering Czech Republic goalkeeper Filip Neusser who pulled off a series of top drawer saves in a direct duel with Saturday’s hero Rick Gay.

Neusser blocked out six drag-flicks - five from Gay’s stick and one from Rufus McNaught-Barrington - while a seventh effort on goal was batted off the line by Tomas Prochazka late on to ensure the draw which leaves both side on four points.

Prochazka slung in the Czech’s first corner of the day in the 14th minute for 1-0. Wales responded well, the lead lasting four minutes before Ben Croxall drew Neusser from his goal before applying a sublime reverse chip over the keeper. Nip and tuck, throughout, Wales had slightly the better territorially but were unable nick the win.

* For more of Fidopics photos from the game, click here...


Anonymous said...

Ben is a class act, i wish he would play in Ireland

Anonymous said...

i wish he wouldnt