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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Salford and London GD to meet in EHA Cup final

Salford booked their place in the EHA Cup final after a comfortable victory over Cambridge on Sunday.

After 10 minutes of the game Salford had already opened up an 8-1 lead and from there on in were never in any danger. Indeed by half time their lead had extended out to 11 goals at 16-5. Salford's dominance in the first half clearly overwhelming their visitors.

The second half offered slightly more promise for Cambridge. Clearly Salford had relaxed a little at half time and Cambridge took advantage and at least managed to stay in contact with their opponents throughout the second half.

In doing so avoiding what could have been a bit of a drubbing at the hands of the newly crowned league champions. However, even with their best efforts they could only match Salford and whilst they did at one stage bring the lead back to 9, Salford ensured that for most of the half the lead stayed around 10 goals before finishing with a flurry to finish up winners by 13 goals at 34-21.

Plaudits have to go to Cambridge left back Majoros who managed to score 8 goals and also to Salford's Ste Clarke and Jack Hennessy who both scored 5 each. Matt Lee once again showed his class in the Salford defence with 7 blocks and Ciaran Williams contributing 11 assists helped Salford to their comfortable victory.

So an exciting final is now on the cards. With current league champions Salford taking on reigning cup holders London Great Dane it promises to be another thrilling affair with all to play for.

In the other semi final, London GD cruised past University of Manchester 38-18 to book a spot in the final against Salford.

They will get the chance to warm-up for the final this Sunday when Salford and London GD meet in the final English League play-off weekend at the Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool, which also includes Manchester v Cambridge and Leeds Hornets v Ruislip Eagles.

* In the EHA Plate Deva reached the final with a 41-30 win over Warwick University. They will play the winner of the Olympia v Manchester semi final on May 27.

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