Da Costa’s late show

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

FIL da Costa struck a late equaliser two min­utes from time to earn East­cote Hockey Club men a 4-4 draw at Wy­combe on Satur­day.

Gabriel Emery opened the scor­ing for East­cote be­fore Wy­combe moved to a 2-1 half time lead, but the sec­ond half pro­duced all the drama as da Costa equalised be­fore Wy­combe went ahead again, Ben Thorpe then scored a penalty stroke – a much re­lieved score af­ter the team had missed two ear­lier in the sea­son – and with East­cote play­ing good con­struc­tive hockey, they looked the more likely win­ner.

De­spite this, with four min­utes to go, Wy­combe score what looked like be­ing the win­ner, but da Costa was hav­ing none of it and struck again two min­utes later to earn a share of the spoils.

Mean­while, with the ladies firsts en­joy­ing a mid-sea­son break, the fo­cus was on the sec­ond team and es­pe­cially Lucy Lavers, who hit a hat-trick to earn her side a 3-1 win at local ri­vals Har­row in a game dom­i­nated by the Reds.

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