Inverleith pipped at the post in Oslo


Inverleith needed to win against Irish side Three Rock Rovers to secure promotion at the indoor European Club Challenge 1 tournament in Oslo, but their brave cause foundered on a last gasp equaliser by Ross Canning for a 3-3 draw.  The share of the spoils kept the Irish side in second spot in the promotion pool, leaving a crestfallen Inverleith three points adrift and the consolation of a bronze medal.

It was the Scots who took the early initiative with an open play strike by Patrick Christie.   Although Jody Hosking levelled at a penalty corner, within a minute Stephen Dick had restored Inverleith`s advantage.

Back came Three Rock again with a strike from David Kane, but just on the interval Aedan McCrossan gave Inverleith a crucial 3-2 lead.

The second half remained goalless with Inverleith on the verge of a famous victory, but events then took a cruel turn when Canning scored a belated equaliser at a penalty corner.   The Irish were reduced in numbers when Harry Morris was sent to the sin bin, but there was still no way back for Inverleith.


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