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Maccabi Hockey Club has secured a 2-2 draw

Posted: 28-Jul-2011 by Maccabi VIC

Maccabi Hockey Club has secured a 2-2 draw against ECHO in one of its best performances of the season. Maccabi should have won the game, but missed a succession of good chances in both halves.

Maccabi came out of the gates better than in any match this season, and put a goal on the board early. Ari Wytwornik intercepted an ECHO clearance and ran into the circle, firing a hard shot towards goal for David Rood to deflect into the net. It was soon 2-0 as a terrific short corner variation opened up space for Simon Krampel to slam the ball into the bottom corner. Maccabi couldn’t keep up the pressure and slowly allowed ECHO to gain control of the game, relying on a good low save from Damien Zivin to remain in the match. As Maccabi dug in at the back, it still looked dangerous on the break with the pace of Adam Bogatin and David Rood troubling the ECHO backline. Damien Zivin saved well down low to his left to preserve Maccabi’s 2-0 lead at half time.

The second half started off badly for Maccabi as loose marking in defence allowed ECHO to pinch two goals from stick deflections to tie the match. The game opened up from here as both teams went hard for the win. Rood had a wonderful chance when he dispossessed the ECHO full back but his backstick flick rolled agonisingly wide. Lawrence Lifson played a superb defence splitting through ball to send Bogatin to a one on one against the Keeper although hiis attempt to round the keeper was blocked and the chance went begging. Lifson was then denied by the keeper as his goal bound shot from the penalty spot was saved just round the post. A few short corner opportunities also yielded little success. Try as it might, Maccabi was just unable to grab that vital winning goal.
With more performances like that, Maccabi should enjoy some success in the remaining five games of the season.

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