Grand Masters Hockey European Cup 2011- Neuss, Germany.
ENGLAND GRAND MASTERS
|Day 1 Monday 22nd August 2011|
England GM 6 v Italy 1
A hat trick by Yardley with other goals by Imtiaz, Brogden
and Johnson enabled a strong England side to defeat their Italian opponents.
It was one of those games when many chances were created but not finished in
a clinical fashion. The substitute Italian goal keeper did make numerous
saves and a deserved a man of the match award. However the highlight for the
Italians was their goal , or rather their celebration by the goal scorer
after he converted (just) a penalty stroke.
England GM 12 v Scotland 0
After a slow start England produced a dominant
performance. Goals came at regular intervals in the first half from open
play after Angus Brogden scored the first from a short corner.
England GM 3 v Belgium 2
A frustrating game all round against a Belgian team of much better quality
than Italy and Scotland. Another injury this time to John Smith has hampered
England's options. 0 - 0 at half time, some missed chances, 2 good saves by
the Belgium keeper but largely a poor performance by England. Improvement in
the second half - several short corners, a missed penalty, a converted
penalty, an equaliser from Belgium, 2 good strikes by Muller and Talati and
a 'goal' awarded to Belgium when the only player to touch it in the 'D' was
Day 4 Thursday 25th August 2011
Semi-Finals. England GM 3 v Germany 0.
England had the better of the chances in the first half
against the usual strong German side but it was still 0 – 0 at half time.
The second half saw England play with even greater purpose and endeavor and
with greater periods of possession for England the German defence gradually
opened up. Richard Yardley scored 2 goals with wonderful strikes, Bob Banks
saved a shot on the line from a German penalty corner and then further
sustained pressure brought England a 3rd goal courtesy of Richard Slator – a
flick from the top of the ‘D’ no less!