Hosts Czech finish strongly at the EuroHockey Indoor Junior Championships with a good win over Switzerland and a 5th place ranking.
Switzerland v Czech Republic
In the battle for rankings here in Prague the opening game of the day didn’t disappoint with both teams competing for every ball. TRÖSCH opened the scoring for Switzerland in the 6th minute from a direct strike on a PC. CZE responded in the 17th minute, also a direct strike from a PC via BUBELOVÁ. In the 19th minute, Swiss were awarded another corner but a crucial save from CECHAKOVA kept the score 1-1 and so it remained at the half.
In the second half Czech won a corner in the 24th minute but the shot missed the target and the score remained 1-1. KOLAROVA scored a cracking goal in the 26th minute to put Czech ahead, flying down the left side and taking the early shot, beating the keeper. Swiss continued to attach via TRAVERS and BERLIE but the Czech defense held firm. NOVAKOVA and HRACHOVA, the scorer of CZE 3rd goal connected beautifully in the 35th minute. For the last 3 minutes the Swiss team pulled their keeper, but the score remained 1-3. This result ensured the hosts a 5th place ranking.
Switzerland v Czech Republic. Final Score 1-3
SUI ‘6 15 TRÖSCH Tamara PC 1-0
CZE ’17 11 BUBELOVÁ Katerina PC 1-1
CZE ’26 15 KOLAROVA Anna FG 1-2
CZE ’35 9 HRACHOVA Nikola FG 1-3
Belarus v Slovakia
Belarus drew first blood in the 4th minute from a well executed PC taken by SKURAT. A second corner, this time a switch in the 9th minute was well saved by VASOVA. Belarus doubled their score in the 10th minute, this time a field goal from SHTSIN, her 5th of the Tournament. Slovakia’s best chance came in the 15th minute as ADAMKOVA went on a solo run but the Belorussian keeper was well in command of her circle and Slovakia were left empty handed. Two quick goals from Belarus just before half time and Belarus were well in command of the game.
In the second half Belarus started strongly, forcing a corner in the 21st minute, but well saved by VASOVA. Goals in the 26th, 27th and 34th minutes pushed their lead ahead to 7-0. A really nice finish with a reverse flick and PAKHANAVA secured a comprehensive win for Belarus and 6th place for Belarus.
Belarus v Slovakia. Final Score 8-0
BLR ‘4 10 SKURAT Lizaveta PC 1-0
BLR ‘ 10 8 SHTSIN Natallia FG 2-0
BLR ’18 5 TSABROVA Hanna FG 3-0
BLR ’19 16 PAPELSKAYA Palina PC 4-0
BLR ’26 5 TSABROVA Hanna FG 5-0
BLR ’27 16 PAPELSKAYA Palina PC 6-0
BLR ’34 9 EFIMENKOVA Xenia PC 7-0
BLR 39 6 PAKHANAVA Maryna FG
Final Ranking Pool C
|5. Czech Republic||3||3||0||0||18||6||12||9|
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Main photograph: SUI and CZE battle for the ball (Frank Uijlenbroek (c))