EuroHockey League, KO16
Pembroke 0 Club de Campo 11 (Edi Tubau 2, Victor Sojo 2, Eric-Jan Iding 2, Cesar Sauquillo 2, Koke Rodriguez, Juan Fernandez, Juan Lainz)
Pembroke’s much changed and under strength panel from the group stages were well and truly cut apart by a ruthless Club de Campo who made it a sorry day for the Ballsbridge club in Europe.
It did not start too badly, Craig Wilson chopped down in the third minute for a corner – indeed it might have been a decent shout for a stroke. The push-out was off target, a refrain echoed later on in the game and that chance was gone.
Simon Thornton saved well twice, once to acrobatically block a potential own goal as Karl Lynch miscued a stop, while Willy Schickendantz flung a drag-flick over the bar.
But the rot started in the tenth minute when Campo intercepted on the left sideline and Eric-Jan Iding and Koke Rodriguez pulled off a simple exchange for the latter to slide into the open goal.
Kirk Shimmins – the 16 year-old Pembroke’s leading light on the day – slipped a fine pass through to Maurice Elliott who had his bash well-blocked.
From there, though, the tie went pear-shaped for the Dubliners. Juan Fernandez made it 2-0 and within a minute Victor Sojo had his first, clipping home on the reverse.
Juan Lainz finished off early in the second quarter from a baseline flip and Tubau got the fifth in the 22nd minute.
Adam Pritchard’s brave intercept snuffed out a three-on-two while Alan Giles won a second Pembroke corner, producing their best opening as Schickendantz took Ronan Flannery’s drag off the line.
But it was a half-dozen by the break when Cesar Sauquillo finished off another close range effort as Tubau eased his way into the circle to roll the ball into Sauquillo’s path.
The Spaniards did rotate their bench, often making quintuple substitutions and later swapping their goalkeepers, but it did not reduce their intensity up front by much.
Iding deflected from near the top while Tubau reversed into an open goal for 8-0 before Thornton dramatically pushed one onto the bar. Flannery took a drag off the line while Shimmins was ploughing some useful channels down the left wing to earn another Pembroke corner. From the reset, the Wesley schoolboy volleyed onto the outside of the post prior to the three quarter-time whistle.
Sauquillo bobbled in another while Pembroke briefly got back on terms, albeit due to a scoreboard which did not run to double-figures, when Sojo hit the tenth with seven minutes to go. Iding got his second for eleven and the biggest win at this stage of the competition in the EHL’s brief history.
Pembroke: Simon Thornton, Ronan Flannery, Alan Giles (c), Karl Lynch, Maurice Elliott, Ken Treacy, Craig Wilson, Michael O’Connor, Adam Pritchard, Patrick Good, Mairtin Cronin
Subs: Keith Crawford, Kirk Shimmins, Scott Furlong, Eric Foy
Club de Campo: Xavi Trenchs, Ronan Gormley, Bosco Perez-Pla (c), Juan Lainz, Koke Rodriguez, Cesar Sauquillo, Juan Fernandez, Andrew Mir, Edi Tubau, Willy Schickendantz, Oli Markowsky
Subs: Pablo Marin, Victor Sojo, Gonzalo Lasso, Eduardo Aguilar, Eric-Jan Iding, Nuno Perez-Pla, Borja Zumalacarregui
** Photos with thanks to Frank Uijlenbroek, video with permission from Tom Cooper, Push Hockey Magazine