Seaford qualify for Regional Hockey finals – just!

Seaford 1st XI came from behind to win a thrilling county U18 cup semi-final match at Lancing a week ago. Having beaten Lancing 4-0 comfortably the week before, the boys might well have been a little complacent and started poorly. The same could not be said for Lancing who were clearly up for the fight and determined to pull off a shock result.

After early pressure, Seaford appeared unable to find the net. Penalty corners went awry and good scoring chances were squandered. Lancing, in contrast attacked with energy and deserved their piece of luck when a ricochet into the D was deflected home for a half time lead.

Seaford pressed hard after the break but chances continued to go begging. With thirteen minutes to go, Lancing struck again from a penalty corner. There were some question marks about the legality of the first strike at goal but, with the umpire insistent, Seaford were 2 – 0 down.

Galvanised, finally, by the thought of defeat, the boys attacked with purpose and, from the next penalty corner, Julius Michaelis scoredĀ from the rebound. Soon after, Florian Pelzner finally found his range and scored with a drag flick at the next corner and the game finished frantically at 2 -2.

With the rules demanding a move straight to penalty flicks, Seaford started confidently. With Aidan Mullins in goal saving three out of the first four Lancing strokes and Seaford scoring three of the first four we were through – just! It had been a heart-stopping game but it means that the team progress to the County final and the Regional finals later in the term.

To see the video highlights of the game go to YouTube on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDplSVodNrE&context=C303da66ADOEgsToPDskLQqgG

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