Hockey: Darbon saves Oxford

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THE 99th Varsity match ended in a 2-2 draw at Milton Keynes yesterday after Oxford came from behind with late second-half goals to snatch the 17th draw of the series, which Cambridge lead 45-37.

Cambridge took the lead when their former Oxford Blue Adam Laird won a penalty corner in a clash with David Eadie, the Oxford captain, and then deflected Ian McClive's powerful drive into the roof of the net. Five minutes later their Belgium Under-21 international Thierry Gruslin increased the lead following a long pass from Gareth Weir.

Oxford hit back in the 53rd minute through Tim Johnson and equalised two minutes from time at their 11th penalty corner. Eadie's strike was well saved by goalkeeper Miles Harris, but he could do nothing to stop Mark Darbon scoring.

Cambridge took victory in the women's game for the fifth time in a row, triumphing 4-1.