GC Herren 1: A tough loss against Lugano

The GC men met today hopeful of a win which would lift them to 6th place in the NLA table and above todays opponents Lugano, who won a 7:6 thriller in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season. Building up to the playouts and the business end of the season this was an important game for GC and Lugano arrived in Zurich feeling at home with the Mediterranean conditions.

A controlled start with strong play from Richner and Tina down the right flank led to GC settling well into the game before discipline began to slip and pressure from Lugano led to a succession of penalty corners and a slip move being converted for Lugano.

GC have proved themselves to be nothing if not persistent this season and began to dominate the game in the 2nd quarter with the influential Eddy down the centre settling the game nicely. Pressure told in the end with slick buildup play culminating in a rasping effort from Fabi, which was slotted by Lukas on the rebound.

Sadly the calm nature that GC had been showing on the ball during the first half did not continue into the second, turnover ball in the Lugano half giving away several one on one situations with the heroic Starsich eventually beaten to make the score 1:2 Lugano.

This began to make a competitive game more heated with 3 yellow cards being given so far and with GC down to 10 men a smooth short corner move after a sustained period of pressure gave Lugano breathing space at 1:3. However this was short lived with fan favourite Jasper van Tilberg pouncing again to score a deft chip to the far post and making up for his earlier yellow card.

During a frantic remainder of the 4th quarter GC gave everything to force an equaliser in tough playing conditions and against a Lugano side who were sat deep for the win, all the effort was not enough to break them down after several chances and the final score was 2:3 Lugano.

A visibly devastated Eddy after the game commented that “while we had the desire and the effort today occasionally our execution let us down and that is something we must work on leading into Luzern next week”.