Last-gasp rally earns College draw

PETER BOWEN
Last updated 12:00 07/07/2014

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College scored off the last play of the game to draw 2-all in their club match against Marist at the twin turfs on Saturday.

Marist broke the deadlock in the first five minutes when Josh Scott scored, capping off a period of momentum for Marist.

For the next 15 minutes College were in control as any possession gained by Marist was quickly turned over.

College eventually capitalised on the wealth of possession with a Matt Young drag flick at a penalty corner deceiving the Marist keeper.

Play evened out both sides of halftime with College's Ben Molloy coming close to scoring when he missed a one-on-one opportunity with the Marist keeper.

Both teams created chances as time ticked away in the second half.

Marist went ahead through Josh Scott scoring off a penalty stroke with minutes remaining.

College immediately upped the tempo looking for an equaliser, but Marist scrambled in defence. But they earned a penalty corner that Robbie Belchamber scored off the initial save by Marist keeper, Steffan Fastier.

Nick Chong and Hamish Crawshaw were outstanding for Marist and Warren Phillips stood out for College.

Levin Hockey-Manawatu College Old Boys won 3-1 over Tech College Old Boys in Levin after the scores were locked at 1-all just after halftime. With a lot of players away with Central at the national under-18 tournament, Palmerston North Boys' High School defaulted their match to Massey.

However, both sides fielded invitational selections with the Massey side winning 4-0.

Massey's Matt Snodgrass and Nathan Holt excelled in midfield along with Connor Todd who debuted in first division.

High School Hockey Club had the bye.

In the women's competition, College won 4-2 over HSHC Rebels.

Both teams called in replacements to cover players on representative duty. College's Bryonie Phillips took the opportunity and scored a brace.

College were predominantly in control with Rebels competing in midfield and the odd sortie in College's circle.

College scored early on off a penalty stroke, adding a goal later to Vikki Luttman to lead 2-0 at the break.

College applied pressure after Rebels had a chance early in the second spell.

Collegians were too strong in the Wanganui derby, winning 4-1 over Tech College Old Boys.

Tech had a wealth of possession, but their strikers missed any chances created.

The match between Palmerston North Girls' High School and Massey was deferred because of representative commitments with Central under-18s.

High School Hockey Club had the bye.

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- Manawatu Standard

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