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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Just two weeks earlier, the young Deva squad had scored 30 goals against the champions in their cup defeat, but it was a very determined and strengthened Ruislip squad that faced the northern side last weekend.
The Eagles were keen to use the match to prepare well for this Saturday’s cup final, after the challenging cup semi-final against Great Dane. And they got off to a flier, racing to a significant lead after 15 minutes in a reverse of what had happened in the earlier match between the two sides.
Deva attempted to break up Ruislip’s flow and neutralise the threat of Telek and Sposi by marking them out but the tactic only left too much room for wingers Bjarnadóttir and Volgyi and line player Chebanova to come into the back court and fire in impressively from nine metres.
Deva coach Donna Hankinson changed tactics and contained Ruislip for a short while, but the champions had too much experience and power and piled on the pressure in the second half with more fast breaks and some good set plays.
Ruislip now look to win back the English Cup and remain the only club in England to go unbeaten all season. Ruislip’s top scorers were: Bjarnadóttir and Sposi with 10 each and Telek with 8.