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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Arch Rivals Set for Semi Final Clash

A STRONG second half performance helped Great Dane overcome rivals Olympia 32-24 and reach the semi finals of the EHA Cup.

The two teams met at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday, and Great Dane were only 14-12 ahead at half time following a close first 30 minutes.

But Great Dane won the second period convincingly, 18-12, to take the overall win with Philip Altong top-scoring with eight goals. The win books their spot in the semi finals on May 14/15 against Salford.

Salford reached the final four of the competition with a 45-31 win over Leeds at the Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool.

Jack Hennessy scored ten goals to help Salford to victory, while Aden Woodall and Rafik Tahroui both scored six.

Leeds battled well, but were 11-21 down at half time. But they only lost the second half 20-24, and finished with Damian Derkecz scoring nine and Maran Cwik eight goals.

The second semi final will be between Ruislip and Manchester.

Ruislip reached the last four with a 29-26 win over Liverpool, Christin Nguelo scoring nine times and Arzedine Messis eight to help them scrape a close victory.

The two sides were close at half time with Ruislip winning 11-13, and Liverpool kept them close through the second period too but just couldn’t overhaul the deficit.

And Manchester won 25-18 over Liverpool Speke Garston in their quarter final clash, despite only having eight players available, as opposed to the 14 that Speke Garston brought.

Both Rafal Rybak and Felipe Piccardo scored six goals for Manchester, while Peter Roscoe was the best for Speke Garston, netting four times.

Finally, in the Women’s EHA Cup, Ruislip Eagles beat Cambridge 29-14, with their Great Britain international Dani Sposi top-scoring with 11 goals.

Currently top of their group in the EHA Cup, Ruislip Eagles’ final match in the group stages is a crucial clash with Deva, who are second in the group and level on points with two wins from two matches so far.

The leading pair are due to clash on May 8 at Sugden Sports Centre in Manchester.

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