Honours even in College hockey
INTER-COLLEGE hockey matches resulted in a win apiece for Victoria College and Guernsey’s Elizabeth College last Saturday.
At Claremont Field, on Mont Millais, an excellent first XI match was played at a frantic place and with a lot of passion from both teams.
Despite Victoria starting the brighter, they where unable to find the opening goal with Pierre Sangan’s blocked effort the closest they came after a sweeping move down the right.
Elizabeth took full advantage with two goals in quick succession when they got the initiative.
Nairn Guilbert scored the first with a drag-flick from a short corner and the second was a deflected effort from another Guilbert short corner.
Elizabeth crossed over leading 2-0 at half time leaving Victoria with much to do.
However, within ten minutes of the resumption they were level after a penalty stroke was converted by captain Sangan.
Nick Pearce then arrowed a drag-flick into the top right hand corner from a short corner opportunity, to level the scores.
Both teams had chances to win it as time started to run out, but eventually an Elizabeth shot hit a Victoria defender on the line presenting Guilbert with the opportunity to score the winning goal from the penalty stop.
Victoria’s Colts, the U15s, ran out 4-1 winners against their Sarnian opponents.
Elizabeth had the better of things in the first half but they failed to take two good chances resulting in a goal-less first half.
Victoria then took control as Nial O’Neil scored twice shortly after the resumption, the second an excellent reverse stick shot into the bottom corner.
Although Elizabeth pulled a goal back, an excellent solo effort from Jamie Watling put Victoria 3 -1 up before O’Neil completed his hat-trick.
Victoria were represented by,
First XI: Dan Hayden, Nick Pearce, Jonny Heward, Toby Treharne, Xavier Barette, Pierre Sangan, Sam James, Oscar Barette, Tom Heelis, Tom Bolton, Charlie Noel, Adam Gower and Matthew Donaldson
Colts: Henry Dawson, Patrick Gouge, Josh Lawrenson, Robbie Forrest, Oliver Cawley, Dylan Kotedia, Jamie Watling, Aidan Boyle, Chris Thomas, Oliver Williams and Nial O’Neil.