A last-gasp winner set the University of Sheffield Men’s Hockey 2s off to a fantastic start as they claimed all three points against the University of York 1s.
The game had a very cagey opening, with Sheffield and York constantly trading possession, yet neither side could provide the key finish to break the deadlock.
The closest either side got to a goal in the first half was a series of penalty corners from Sheffield that were brilliantly saved by the York goalkeeper, who kept the game goalless entering half time.
After the game got back underway, the fans at Goodwin who came to watch the game were treated to a lovely spell of dominant play by Sheffield, as they created many superb scoring chances and began to wear York down.
Late in the game, Sheffield’s George Ashton suffered a nasty injury as he collided with a York player and suffered a concussion that forced a stoppage in play and eventually called for him to leave the field.
Once play had restarted, Sheffield picked up where they left off, creating plenty of chances, but once again not being able to convert in the final third.
However, it was in the dying minutes that Josh Gemmill managed to step up and score the winner for Sheffield, his first goal for the team in five years of playing for the club, slapping a shot past the helpless York goalkeeper after a great piece of build-up play.
The 1-0 victory sets Sheffield up for a great start to the rest of the season, and they will look to keep that momentum going for their next game, against Newcastle Men’s 2s on November 2.