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Clontarf
Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club
Sat 15 Feb 12:30 - League Full time

Late goal costs TRR 111s in the push for honours

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** Words from Ed Simpson **

Missing Mike, Roly, Arjen, Jeff, Rig, Dylan, Ritchie (who kindly umpired), Findo had worked very hard in putting out a squad and a competitive one at that. In the first half we took the points 2-1, however Clontarf were to take the points in Mount Temple.

We got off to a bad start when an innocuous pass deflected of a defenders stick to give the ‘Tarf a dream start with less than 30 seconds played.

Two touch hockey was the call, at times we played two touch, we looked good, and then equalised with debutant Gavin G neatly rounded the keeper and netted a fine goal, 1-1. Right, we now control the tempo, no turnovers, no mistakes... a defender was turned over top D, and the ‘Tarf forward not believing his luck at no whistle fired home 2-1.

We fought our way back, several short corners, penetration, amble chances of which we finally converted one 2-2 to take us to the half.

Half time, we knew the game was their for the taking, we had a plan… we finished where we end the half dominating the game, possession giving away to easily, loads of shorties, their keeper making a few saves but we were wasting opportunity after opportunity.

Tarf scored from a rare shot corner for 3-2. We got an equaliser 3-3, only for us to allow Clontarf the luxury of several overloads, resulting a delicate chip over and to the right of our advancing GK, 4-3 and there it ended…

This was a massive game, three vital points dropped, their is still all to play for, and as Stephen said after the match, we cannot blame the referring of the match (despite a ball crossing the line and not being given), it was there for us to finish, we had at least double figures of missed chances. So onwards and upwards, next match we go to Railway

Rathgar have destroyed Pembroke 9-2 have opened the door to second spot….

DOD – The magnificent 7 who were unable to attend
MOM – Gavin G, 2 goals on debut and helping us at short notice.

And yes Gavin you owe the Team a Jug of Coca Cola or Fanta your choice…!

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