Loreto to battle for seventh as UCD still in gold contention

Loreto will battle for seventh place in the women’s EuroHockey Club Cup while UCD are right in the mix for a potential final place in the Trophy following Saturday’s action in continental competition.

The Beaufort side’s tough draw in Amsterdam continued as they came up against a very strong UHC Hamburg side in their fifth to eighth place playoff tie.

As they did against Den Bosch a day before, they put it up to the much vaunted opponent – who featured Nikki Evans in their line-up – but the German side did nick an early goal via Charlotte Stapenhorst in the fifth minute.

She peeled away beautifully from a long corner move and provided an accurate shot into the left corner.

Loreto went close when Caitlin Sherin cut back onto her backhand side and delivered a peach of a cross for Mia Jennings but her tough deflection went just wide.

Eileen Mavers extended the lead two minutes before half-time from a goalmouth scramble and Marie Mavers finished off the next in the second half.

Loreto kept coming with Sarah Torrans only denied by a brilliant save from Noelle Rother. Liz Murphy impressed between the posts but UHC completed their 4-0 win via Eileen Mavers with six minutes to go.

The Dubliners next go into the seventh-eighth place playoff against Belarus’s Ritm Grodno on Monday morning.

UCD, meanwhile, beat Edinburgh University 5-1 to sit top of their group going into the final set of group matches in the Trophy.

They led from the outset as Abbie Russell’s skipped in between a few tackles before her reverse was turned in by Sarah Young.

Nina Heisterkamp scored a brilliant second with a rising shot for 2-0 at half-time. Niamh Carey picked up the pieces for the third from a corner melee before Leah McGuire took a more direct route for the fourth.

Michelle Carey added a fifth from the near post following a right wing delivery and UCD went in search of boosting their goal difference. It backfired, however, as they removed the goalkeeper for the last six minutes but let one in to Hanna McKie.

With Holcombe beating Dinamo Moscow 5-2, UCD carry a slender single goal on goal difference into the last group game and so need to try and beat the Russians by a good margin for the best possible chance at a final berth on Monday.

** Full match pics from Chris McGuire here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mvcfr29jlbi2urv/AAAoyU4JDJ783sphXU2Z8tf9a?dl=0

Saturday, April 20
EuroHockey Club Cup: Loreto 0 UHC Hamburg 4 (E Mavers 2, M Mavers, C Stapenhorst
EuroHockey Club Trophy: UCD 5 (S Young, N Heisterkamp, N Carey, L McGuire, M Carey) Edinburgh 1 (H McKie)

Sunday, April 21
EuroHockeyClub Trophy: UCD v Dinamo Moscow, Rochester (England), 2.30pm

Monday, April 22
EuroHockey Club Cup, 7th-8th playoff: Loreto v Ritm Grodno, 8.30am (Irish time), Amsterdam

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