The last day of the EuroHockey Junior Championship II in Hradec Kralove brought us a lot of action and a lot of goals!
Azerbaijan – Gibraltar 4:3
First match of the day of the tournament was full of goals – there was a lot at stake, as the 4th spot was in contention. Gibraltar brought out their very best in the first 20 minutes, as they dominated on the pitch – resulting in 3 goals the Azerbaijan net. This jolted Azerbaijan out of their stupor and they came back with a vengeance, managing to get 2 goals before the halftime whistle. During the second half, they continued to press and scored another 2 goals, finishing the tournament in style.
Turkey – Lithuania 5:1
Turkey had a guaranteed promotion place, but the no. 1 spot was still there for the taking. If Turkey won their last match, they could take the tournament. Turkey started strong – first goal of the game just after few seconds (the fastest goal of the tournament); but Lithuania did not give up and equalized quickly after. The turning point came four minutes before the halftime break. Turkey scored an amazing goal and Lithuania could not rally to answer. The second half was thoroughly dominated by Turkey, who scored an additional 3 goals to cement their promotion and overall tournament win.
Czech Republic – Slovakia 5:0
This was the most anticipated game of the day, as the winner would grab that coveted second spot for promotion. The hosts did not start out strong and Slovakia had two big opportunities to score – but both times Zelenka was in the right spot to deflect the shot. There was a tug of war to see who would score the first goal and get the much needed boost of confidence. Luck was with the Czech side, who scored first and once more before half time. Leading by 2, they dominated the second half and can celebrate their promotion to the EuroHockey Junior Championship II.
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Source/Photographs: Jakub Mejzlik