Hockey: Kelleher double sinks spirited Russians

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SLOUGH made a confident start on the first day of the European Club Championship here yesterday beating Donchanka Volgodonsk 6-1.

The Russian side put up a spirited first-half performance, although Slough led by two goals at the interval, but were overwhelmed after the start of the second half as Slough slammed in four goals in a devastating ten minute spell. Sarah Kelleher, who along with Karen Brown was hugely influential in midfield, fired Slough into a sixth-minute lead from the second of eleven penalty corners but Slough could make little further headway until Julia Robertson turned in a rebound from a corner seven minutes before half-time.

Jane Smith produced a sharp save from Oxana Boiko straight after half- time but it was another corner slipped to the predatory Kelleher which started the landslide.

Sue MacDonald scored the fourth goal, their only one to come from open play, which was quickly followed by a successful penalty stroke taken by Brown and a flick goal at a penalty corner by Smith.

In the other pool Edinburgh drew their opening match 2-2 with Real Sociedad from San Sebastian. Both Scottish goals mirrored Slough's dominance at set pieces, coming as they did from penalty corners, with Alison Grant sweeping in a rebound to give them the lead and Val Neil blasting in the equaliser from their third and final corner, although the Spaniards protested they were not ready.

Slough play the Italian club Lorenzoni today, while Edinburgh take on Kolos Borispol from the Ukraine.


Pool A: Russelsheimer (Germany) 4 Kolos Borispol (Ukraine) 0; Edinburgh 2 Real Sociedad (Spain) 2. Pool B: Slough 6 Donchanka Volgodonsk (Russia) 1; HGC (Neth) 7 Lorenzoni (Italy) 0.

SIX NATIONS YOUTH TOURNAMENTS (Milton Keynes): Boys under-18: Spain 5 Scotland 1; England 2 France 2. Boys under-16: Netherlands 11 Scotland 1; England 1 France 1. Girls under-18: Scotland 2 France 0; Germany 2 England 1; Netherlands 6 Spain 0. Girls under-16: Netherlands 2 France 0; England 3 Spain 3; Germany 7 Scotland 1.