HOCKEY: Women’s euro club challenge

by Aaron Dunne
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Catholic Institute 7

HC Argentia 0

Catholic Institute finished with a flourish beating HC Argentia of Italy in their play off game by 7-0.  Naomi Carroll opened her account in the 11th minute to put Insta 1-0 ahead.

Eimear Ryan made it 2-0 in the 18th minute. Naomi Carroll grabbed her second of the match to make it 3-0 on 35 minutes.

Argentia’s Karolina Lisowska was green carded in the 36th minute, and Institute capitalized on their numerical advantage immediately.

Naomi Carroll completed her hat-trick to make it 4-0 a minute later and got her fourth of the game in the 37th minute to make it 5-0.

Maria Rosato was green carded in the 50th minute but there was no further scoring till both sides were back to full strength.

Rebecca Barry grabbed a goal to make it 6-0 in the 58th minute with Laura Foley completing the scoring a minute later to leave the final score 7-0.

It took until the very last minute of the final pool game of this tournament for Catholic Institute to register their first win of the competition. It was only the second European  goal scored by Catholic Institute in their history.  Given it was from an Anna Horan penalty stroke made it even more historic.

At this level it’s 5 points for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss by less than 3 goals. A loss by any more than 3 goals is not awarded any points. Catholic Institute had lost on the opening day by 5 -1 and so garnered no points. A narrow 0-1 defeat against Slavia Prague had garnered 1 point so a win today would secure 5 further points and a pool total of 6 points. In a very tight encounter it was scoreless in the first quarter and also for the rest of the first half.

A scoreless third quarter followed, as did the opening 14 minutes of the final quarter. But in the 15th minute of quarter 4, the very last minute of the match Catholic Institute were awarded a penalty stroke. In the absence of captain Roisín Upton who missed the game, Anna Horan took on the responsibility and made no mistake from the spot to give Catholic Institute their first ever European victory. This was enough to give them 3rd place in Pool A and a tie with Argentia from Italy the 4th placed team in Pool B tomorrow.

Catholic Institute captain Roisín Upton in action for Ireland

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