Nose runs to Hockey Cuppers victory

first_imgBrasenose won their second Mixed Hockey Cuppers title in three years after defeating a combined LMH/ Trinity side 1-0 in at Iffley Road. Both sides had had extremely difficult routes to the final. LMH/ Trinity drew their semi-final against Oriel 1-1 and it was left to their keeper, Nick Johansson- Hartley, who displayed some agility (and no little aggression) to keep out three Oriel flicks and secure his side’s place in the final. BNC also won through to the final via penalty flicks. They trailed tournament favourites Worcester for most of the game, only equalising via a goal minutes from time. However, they quickly moved ahead on flicks after keeper Eli Mitropoulos saved two Worcester flicks. The final was a tense affair in which both sides were obviously tired after their semi-final experiences. BNC always looked the more likely but struggled to cope with LMH/ Trinity’s midfield in the first-half. Eventually the absence of LMH/ Trinity’s Matt Emerton, who had been injured in the semi and was only able to play a bit part in the final, began to tell. BNC pressured their opponents for much of the second half but only secured victory with another late goal. After a spoilt short-corner routine the ball fell to Carl Adkin, who rifled it into the top corner. Winning skipper Ben Lewsley, who had earlier reminded his players of the ‘historic’ nature of the occasion, was justifiably delighted, declaring ‘this shows that hockey at the ‘Nose is back on the map; our men will be looking to storm the top division next season.’ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img