Nacka LHK (SWE) – Hockey Klub Zelina (CRO) 0-0 (0-0)
On day 3 Nacka from Sweden and Zelina from Croatia played in a direct battle for the final with the Croatians needing just a draw to secure their place. In an exciting game Zelina had the advantage and straight from the beginning they attacked the Swedish goal. Unfortunately, during the first half Nacka player Aylin Shawkat got injured, and Nacka remained just with 9 players on the pitch and was heavily cheered on by the home crowd. Despite all the pressure Zelina couldn’t score a goal and Nacka defended with all of their remaining players. The underdogs, Nacka, needed a win to advance and got that single goal almost in the last minutes of the game when they went all or nothing. They got a penalty corner in final minute but they couldn’t stop the ball and the chance was lost. In the end it was Zelina that was relieved with the draw that will take them into the final against either the home team Kolos Boryspol or HAHK Mladost from Croatia.
Gaziantep Polisgucu SK (TUR) – Grupo Desportivo do Viso (POR) 6-0 (2-0)
In the second game of the day Turkish Gaziantep played Portuguese Viso with just the final placement in the pool to be decided. Despite the disappointment of not having qualified for the promotion games, Gaziantep took initiative from the beginning. Like in previous game Gaziantep had plenty of chance to score but were not effective enough and were almost caught on the break when Portuguese Monica Sousa went one-on-one with the Turkish goalkeeper. Elif Kupeli saved her team by getting the ball clear with her glove. Only a few minutes later Gaziantep got the first goal from open play, the scorer Perihan KUCUKKOK. In the rest of the first halve Gaziantep retained the initiative and doubled their score two minutes before half time when Nurhan CINAR tapped in a rebound from a penalty corner from close range. In the second half Gaziantep kept attacking the Portuguese goal and won a stroke after a defensive foul. Captain Leyla OZTURK took her responsibility and sent the ball in the top right corner giving her team a 3-0 lead. After this tempers flared on both teams and that resulted into 2 yellow cards on both sides. Despite playing with 9 players against 10 Gaziantep was able to score 2 more goals in the final minutes of the game with Perihan KUCUKKOK and Leyla OZTURK both scoring their second goal for a final score of 6-0. Directly after the game there where birthday celebrations for Portuguese captain Patricia PEREIRA. The final result gives Gaziantep third place in pool B and that means they will have a rest day on the final day because pool A only has 3 teams. Viso will play Nacka for 5th place.
Kolos Boryspol (UKR) – HAHK Mladost (CRO) 2-0 (2-0)
In the final game of the day the crowd saw a direct battle for first place in pool B with Kolos Boryspol having the advantage because of a slightly better goal difference. Kolos did not want to play for just a draw and from the beginning took the initiative. Despite having plenty of goal scoring possibilities the score remained 0-0 after the first quarter. Mladost hopes got a severe blow when Sasa ABRAMOVIC got injured and could not continue the game. Kolos increased their attacks and finally got a goal in the 27th minute when captain Nataliia VASIUKOVA converted a penalty corner, taking her to the top of the top scores list with her 5th goal of the tournament. Having just come onto the pitch for the first tame, only a minute after the 1-0, Karyna TUTAK, doubled the lead by diving after a loose ball that somehow ended up over the line. The second halve saw plenty of chances for Kolos Boryspol but no more goals from either team. Both teams had already secured qualification for the promotion games so no more risks where taken as both teams seemed happy with the result. The final result means that Kolos Boryspol takes first place in pool B and play against HK Zelina in the first final. HK Rakovnik, enjoying a rest day, took first place in pool A and will play HAHK Mladost in the second final. Both winners of these games will be promoted to Challenge II next year.
9 June- Results
|16:45||BORYSPOL – MLADOST||Pool B||2 – 0|
|14:30||GAZIANTEP – VISO||Pool B||6 – 0|
|12:15||NACKA – ZELINA||Pool A||0 – 0|
10 June- Fixtures
|09:45||NACKA – VISO|
|12:00||BORYSPOL – ZELINA|
|14:15||RAKOVNIK – MLADOST|
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