UCD go close to victory over Holcs as Loreto and TRR lose in Euro challenges

UCD produced the performance of the day from an Irish perspective in the EuroHockey competitions as they drew 1-1 with hosts Holcombe in Kent in the Trophy.

They fell behind in the first minute to a Dirkie Chamberlain strike but they gradually forced their way back into the mix, winning a series of penalty corners.

And they got their reward two minutes into the second half when Ellen Curran tied things up off the back of Sarah Patton’s brilliant run down the right wing.

Hannah McLoughlin came close to a winner in the last five minutes, as did Bethany Barr but they were left to rue a number of missed penalty corner chances in the first half.

They had their chances to win it, too, but a draw represents a decent outcome ahead of a date with Scottish champions Edinburgh on Saturday.

In the top tier, Loreto can be proud of their performance against the queens of European club hockey Den Bosch, winners on 17 occasions since 2000.

The Dutch giants got all their goals by the 32nd minute with Frederique Matla scoring a hat trick but Loreto held firm after that, falling 4-0 in the end.

It drops them into the fifth to eighth place playoffs against where they will come up against Irish international Nikki Evans. Evans was on the mark as UHC Hamburg took a 2-0 lead against hosts AH&BC Amsterdam but ultimately fell 3-2.

Three Rock Rovers were undone by a strong Surbiton side who came back strong from an early concession to best the Dubliners 4-1 in their Euro Hockey League ranking match.

Rovers went ahead early in the game when Jody Hosking’s powerful backhand cross found Mitch Darling at the back post where he controlled and thrashed by Harry Gibson’s defences.

Luke Taylor swapped the lead by half-time, though, as he fired home two penalty corners by Jamie Carr – who impressed in goal – as the English side began to take control.

From 2-1 at half-time, David Goodfield whipped home another from play before Alan Forsyth showed lovely hands to make it 4-1 late in the game.

Euro Hockey League, ranking match: Three Rock Rovers 1 (M Darling) Surbiton 4 (L Taylor 2, D Goodfield, A Forsyth)
European Club Cup quarter-final: Loreto 0 Den Bosch 4 (F Matla 3, P van der Plas)
European Club Trophy: UCD 1 (E Curran) Holcombe 1 (D Chamberlain)

Saturday, April 20 (all Irish time)
European Club Cup, fifth to eighth place playoffs: Loreto v UHC Hamburg, 6pm
European Club Trophy: UCD v Edinburgh University, Rochester (England), 2.30pm

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