Gutsy Bournemouth crash out in Flags semi’s

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Lacrosse News
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Bournemouth v Swansea

George FeBreese escapes the clutches of the Swansea defence. (pic, Jack Simmons)

Bournemouth University fell at the last hurdle as an experienced Swansea Hawks team scraped victory to book their place in the Flags Plate final in Reading.

The Hawks actually started off slowly while Bournemouth – who are still in their first season as a team and lost 20-0 to Swansea in their last meeting – came flying out of the blocks, with Jamie Morris running clean through a sluggish Hawks defence to slam the ball past the despairing Kyle Mcallister in goal. This seemed to shock the Welsh side into action when a minute later they equalised with a soft goal right through Bournemouth keeper Jamie Hellier’s legs.

For the rest of the quarter both teams exchanged goals with an end-to-end encounter on the cards, but the inexperience of the home side soon showed in the second period when a few lapses in concentration led to four quickfire goals, with the impressive Chris Webborn bagging a brace.

From then on the game seemed to settle down, but with only a four goal deficit at the break, Bournemouth weren’t out of it yet.

Up to this point the Hawks had managed to nullify any service to the Bournemouth front-men, using their D-poles to stop any midfielders from driving. The third quarter though, saw Bournemouth really push forward to haul themselves back in the game, with Captain Ben Piper instrumental in much of their play, while the courageous Dominic Garcia epitomised the team spirit of Bournemouth with his constant tracking back and forth. Jon Arthur – who had been a thorn in the Hawk’s side from the start – started really kicking into gear using great upper body strength to boss the opposition back line and cannon a couple of ‘pearlers’ into the top corner.

Bournemouth v Swansea

FeBreese wins face-off as Bournemouthh team mate Phil Meinen closes in for fast break. (pic, Jack Simmons)

By the last quarter it really was game-on, with the score at 9-7 to the Hawks but the bank of spectators getting right behind the home team. However, like the second quarter Swansea’s years of experience really started to show, grabbing a fortuitous tenth goal before breaking quickly to really settle the game through Webborn.

Bournemouth didn’t give up though and being spurred on by the crowd, the Blues grabbed two goals back with two minutes to play. Even the most loyal of fans couldn’t have seen a comeback happening though, with Swansea turning on the style to pass their opposition off the park in the dying moments and book their place in the Flags final.

Speaking to CrazygoalieLAX after the game Bournemouth midfielder Garcia, expressed his contrasting emotions at the final whistle. “Obviously im gutted not to have made the final, but given the previous result against swansea, I can only be beyond proud of the BULC (Bournemouth University Lacrosse Club) boys” Swansea will now go onto play Maidstone in Reading to fight for the Flags Plate trophy, but they will know their final spot didn’t come easy with Bournemouth running them ragged at times.

Bournemouth v Swansea Flags sem-final

Chris Webborn cranks up to score as Bournemouth defence is breached. (pic, Paul Taylor)

On the teams’ impressively gutsy performance, Garcia added, “It was an amazing performance that sums up everything this clubs about.” The south coast side have only been together for 6 months, but have shown in recent weeks that they are a team to be reckoned with in the future. The only downside now is that a lot of their squad, including Captain Piper, goalkeeper Jamie Hellier and roadrunner midfilder James Goddard are set to leave in a few months.

It will be left to Garcia and other more experienced players like Jamie Morris and German stalwart Phil Meinen to steady the ship with a new keeper surely a priority. You would have to be a brave man to write off this team though and a return to this stage next year is far from beyond them.

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