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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Speke Garston Beat Deva to Book Last Eight Spot

LIVERPOOL Speke Garston booked their place in the quarter finals of the EHA Cup when they secured a 33-25 victory over rivals Deva at Greenbank Sports Academy on Sunday.

Ten goals from Smith helped Speke Garston to victory - his five in the first half helped them to a 19-11 lead at the break, and they continued to dominate after the break.

Deva’s top scorer was Steffan who also bagged ten goals, while Steve Jameson added eight, but it was not enough to secure the win.

Speke Garston’s reward for the victory was a clash with Manchester in the last eight of the competition.

Elsewhere, Leeds University will play National League play-off leaders Salford in the next round after beating Cambridge 30-29 in a thrilling clash at Moulton, near Northampton.

Manchester cruised into the last eight with a 25-11 win over Oxford University at Leyton SCORE Centre in London, but at just 6-9 ahead at half time they had to turn the style on in the second half to overcome a stubborn Oxford outfit.

The Mancunians looked hesitant in attack, and the lack of organisation and poor shot efficiency allowed Oxford to stay on their heels by just a few goals.

But a Manchester timeout gave them time to sort their patterns out, and keeping their defensive solidarity and building more coordinated attacks, Manchester finished the first half three goals ahead (9-6).

After the break Manchester were more accurate in attack, and were helped by a great goalkeeping show from Deak who only conceded five.

Salford reached the quarter finals when they beat Manchester University 29-18, while Liverpool Wolves hammered Bristol 40-19 in their second round match to reach the last eight.

Wolves’ reward for their win is a clash with Ruislip Eagles, while Olympia play Great Dane in the final quarter final match.

Those games - and the Plate matches for teams knocked out of the Cup - are scheduled for the weekend of April 9-10.

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