Three Rock Rover 0 ONO Atletic Terrasa 0

Three Rock produced an excellent performance to pick up one of Irish club’s best results in top European competition for years, drawing with Spanish giants, Atletic Terrassa.

In a game short on goals but high on drama, Rovers produced some great hockey in the first three quarters before surviving an onslaught in the final 17 and a half minutes – including a penalty stroke after the final whistle.

A win over Leuven tomorrow (11.30am) will see the Irish side into the second round.

Rovers began the game brilliantly, winning a corner within eight seconds but Michael Maguire’s deflection went just wide. They won another corner moments later before Matthias Witthaus had the quarter’s clearest chance. He was unmarked in the circle but blazed over Charlie Henderson’s goal.

The second quarter opened with Lucas Piccioli going close after a brilliant turn. Roc Oliva showed some sharp skills, flashing dangerously across the goal but no one could get a touch.

At the end of both quarters, Rovers conceded penalty corners only for Alan Bothwell to call for the video umpire and have the decision overturned.

Half-time saw coach Turloch O’Siochain geeing up the team, telling the players the game was there for the taking. Oliva cracked another shot wide but Rovers pressed again with Michael Maguire going close. His brother, Phelie used all his high level experience in a superb personal performance. Jan Castello was yellow-carded but during his time off, Ribas fired a corner over.

But while Rovers probably took the three quarters on points, the last quarter was all Terrassa. They thought they had taken the lead in the 61st minute when Ignasi Guerrero smashed in a reverse. Again the video umpire intervened and the goal was chalked off for the technical offence of a free-in being taken from the wrong spot.

Ribas drew another save from Henderson before firing a penalty stroke wide as Rovers held on for a famous point.

* Just to provide an update on the Live Streaming situation:

Stephen,

I can only apologise for the problem – it was a massive technical issue that would have hindered the BBC, let alone EHL! However, we have just paid a small fortune to ensure that the rest of the games Rovers game will be fine. I sincerely hope so, anyway. The highlights will be on later, but realise that this is no consolation.

We want as many people to see the live feed as possible, and it is just so unfortunate that you missed the game. They played so well – what a result!

Again, I apologise.Richard

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