Hosts Rotweiss Wettingen and Cardiff & Met are in pole position to land a place in the men’s EuroHockey Club Trophy final following back-to-back wins in Switzerland.
Rotweiss did it the hard way on Friday to beat Portugal’s Casa Pia Atletico Clube 4-3, fighting back from 3-1 down with 20 minutes to go with Manuel Keller scoring twice.
They backed that up with a 3-1 win over Ireland’s Glenanne with Michel Morard starting and finishing the scoring for the Swiss club.
His first goal was cancelled out by Shannon Boucher’s 22nd-minute goal but Rotweiss restored the advantage via Robin Aebi before half-time and Morard’s second corner completed the win.
They now face Belarus’s SC Stroitel Brest with the winner going through to Monday’s final while a draw would favour Rotweiss. Brest drew 4-4 with Glenanne before hammering Casa Pia 8-1 with two goals each from Aliaksandr Radzivinovich and Artur Kadran.
In the other pool, Cardiff & Met have two wins from two. They started off with a narrow 2-1 win over Austra’s WAC with all the goals coming in the first half, Jack Pritchard’s 27th-minute stroke proving the winner.
On Saturday, they won another close one against OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa 3-2. Alf Dinnie scored twice for a 2-0 lead before the Ukrainian side bounced back via Maksym Onofriiuk early in the second half.
Luke Hawker replied almost instantly for 3-1 and while Onofriiuk got another back, Cardiff held on for the victory and they now need just a draw against current bottom side Bohemians to reach the final.
Vinnitsa must hope for a win over WAC and a favour from Bohemians to have any chance of nicking a final place.
|18:45||WETTINGEN – CASAPIA||Pool A||4 – 3|
|16:30||GLENANNE – BREST||Pool A||4 – 4|
|14:15||OKSVINNITSA – BOHPRAGUE||Pool B||5 – 1|
|12:00||CARDIFFMET – WAC||Pool B||2 – 1|
|10:00||WAC – BOHPRAGUE||Pool B||2 – 2|
|12:15||OKSVINNITSA – CARDIFFMET||Pool B||2 – 3|
|14:30||BREST – CASAPIA||Pool A||8 – 1|
|16:45||WETTINGEN – GLENANNE||Pool A||3 – 1|
Upcoming games 9th June:
|10:00||CARDIFFMET – BOHPRAGUE||Pool B|
|12:15||WAC – OKSVINNITSA||Pool B|
|14:30||GLENANNE – CASAPIA||Pool A|
|16:45||BREST – WETTINGEN||Pool A|
All games will be streamed live on www.eurohockeytv.org