SC Stroitel Brest nicked top spot in Pool A of the EuroHockey Trophy from hosts Rotweiss Wettingen with a last minute penalty corner.
The Swiss hosts needed just a draw to reach the final of the competition and they looked in good shape to do that when Florian Feller scored in the 58th minute.
That made it 1-1, cancelling out Yauheni Stsepanets second-quarter goal for the Belarussian side. In those closing phases, Brest was also down a man with Stsiapan Sizhuk serving a yellow card suspension but they won a last-minute corner which Ihar Yahoshchankau scored for a 2-1 win.
It puts them through to a final against Welsh side Cardiff & Met while Rotweiss play Ukraine’s OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa.
In Pool A’s other match, Casa Pia Atletico Clube won 3-2 against Glenanne, recording a first-ever win for a Portuguese club in outdoor action against an Irish side.
Cardiff & Met completed their third win in succession with they saw off HC Bohemians Prague 3-0. Jack Pritchard’s stroke started off the scoring before Charles Hunte and Jack Rhodes stretched out the victory.
Austria’s WAC and Vinnitsa drew 1-1, a result which meant they remained in third and second place in Pool B respectively.
Results 9th June:
|16:45||BREST – WETTINGEN||Pool A||2 – 1|
|14:30||GLENANNE – CASAPIA||Pool A||2 – 3|
|12:15||WAC – OKSVINNITSA||Pool B||1 – 1|
|10:00||CARDIFFMET – BOHPRAGUE||Pool B||3 – 0|
Final Day’s games 10th June:
|08:30||GLENANNE – BOHPRAGUE|
|10:45||CASAPIA – WAC|
|12:30||WETTINGEN – OKSVINNITSA|
|14:30||BREST – CARDIFFMET|
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