BERLIN ENDS HOODOO AGAINST MANNHEIM

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Eisbaren Berlin returned to winning ways as they recorded a huge two points against bitter rivals Adler Mannheim on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, as the Berlin side won 6-3 thanks to a brace from both Sean Backman and Nick Petersen to help bring an end to their dismal run of results against their opponent in recent games. 

Mannheim opened the score through in the game at 5.32, as Chad Kolarik snapped his shot past Petri Vehanen in the Eisbaren goals to up the visitors 1-0 up. Less than a minute later, it saw the home side given a chance of tying things up very quickly with a penalty shot being awarded to the Polar Bears, but sadly for second straight time, the home side failed to convert as Dennis Endras made the save to preserve the Eagles lead.

Berlin fans didn’t have to wait too much longer to see their side getting on the board, as James Sheppard tucked away a pass towards the back post from Sean Backman to make it 1-1 and have the home side celebrating at 8.50. 

Backman then went turned from provider to goalscorer minutes later, as the American netted for 2-1 on the power play at 11.49, as Nick Petersen played a pass back through his legs that set up the go-ahead goal for Berlin and saw them head into the break with a slender one-goal lead.

Midway through the second period, it saw Garrett Festerling somehow missing an empty net for Mannheim, as he put his shot between the goal post and the netminder. A bizarre scenario then took place during a Mannheim powerplay, as Luke Adam slipped the puck by the helpless netminder who was down on the ice and saw only the padding on the inside of the goal preventing the puck from going in. 

The incident required both match referees to watch the reply and determine an outcome. An outcome that took in total twelve minutes to reach a conclusion that the puck hadn’t fully crossed the line with no sufficient evidence to give the goal. 

To say Berlin breathed a sigh of relief, would be the biggest understatement of the game. Depending on your outlook on the game, it could be argued that both sides had luck going for and against them. For the visitors, in normal circumstances, the puck goes in and it is a 2-2 game, while for the home side they missed a glut of chances and could have been a high-scoring second period on another day. 

The game itself was evenly contested between the two rivals, and despite the home side having a slender one-goal lead, the visitors were knocking on the Berlin goal and was denied by bodies and good goaltending. Meanwhile, at the opposite end, it saw the Eisbaren forwards getting into decent positions and not taking their chances.  

With the game on a knife-edge entering the third period of play, it saw the hosts extending their lead to 3-1 through Sean Backman’s second of the game at 41.43. Once again it saw Nick Petersen at the heart of the play, as the Canadian forward sucked in three Eagles players to one side of the ice and left Backman unmarked on the far side, to see the former Ontario Reign forward firing high over Endras to give Berlin a two-goal cushion.

The visitors quickly responded with a goal by Phil Hungerecker at 42.41, as his redirection bounced in and out of the goal and was awarded after a quick goal review. Over a minute later, it saw Jonas Muller blocking a shot for the home side and then sent Nick Petersen clean through on goal before Thomas Larkin wiped him out and saw the Polar Bears hosts awarded a second penalty shot in the game.

This time though, the penalty shot counted on the scoreboard, as Petersen took upon himself to take it and fired it in stick side on Endras in the Mannheim goal to see the hosts 4-2 up early in third. That goal all but took the wind out of the Eagles sails in the game and five minutes later it was game over. 

Nick Petersen then showed his skilful hands to make it 5-2 for the Polar Bears, as he toe-dragged the puck around a defenceman and then finished it off with backhanded effort into the roof of the goal for a beautiful goal.

Mannheim was now in deep trouble and had the home side rampant in the game, as the Eagles were falling apart quickly and saw Berlin creating a hatful of chances. The only plus for the visitors was that the hosts weren’t clinical in front of goal, as the scoreline could easily have been approaching double figures.

Two players in the third period really stood out for their respective sides, but for very different reasons. Firstly, Berlin’s Nick Petersen scored twice and grabbed an assist with a brilliant performance that earned him the player of the game – meanwhile, Mannheim Thomas Larkin gave away a penalty shot that led to the home sides’ fourth and then got bamboozled by Petersen on the fifth goal. 

If that wasn’t bad enough, he was then guilty of a poor pass in his own zone that resulted in the sixth goal for the home side, after a tic-tac-toe play saw Mark Olver playing a pass to Martin Buchwieser and then finally feeding Jamie MacQueen at the front of the net for 6-2.

The away side had the final word on the scoreboard at least, as Matthias Plachta made the score a bit more respectable at 6-3, as the Eagles forward turned and shot to beat Petri Vehanen and saw Mannheim having their wings well and truly clipped by the Polar Bears when all was said and done.

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POLAR BEARS SQUANDER LEAD TO LOSE IN SHOOTOUT TO DÜSSELDORF

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(DEG win 1-0 on shootout)

Friday night saw two of the in-form teams meeting up at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, as DEG Düsseldorf travelled into the German capital to meet Eisbaren Berlin and saw the home side squander a 3-1 lead, before losing out in overtime to the visitors in a shootout, going down 4-3.

Düsseldorf had Maximillian Kammerer almost getting the away side on the board in the opening minute of play, as the forward found himself behind the home side’s defence and had Berlin’s netminder Marvin Cupper coming up big to deny the DEG forward from scoring early doors.

The Polar Bears quickly got into the game and took a lead through a redirection by Florian Busch at the front of the Düsseldorf net, as the Eisbaren forward netted at 10.53 to see the home fans waving their scarfs in celebration. Berlin then doubled their advantage on the powerplay at 16.58, when Nick Petersen collected a loose puck from a faceoff circle in the visitors’ zone, before snapping a shot home for a 2-0 lead and was a deserved lead after twenty minutes of play.

Play in the second period, saw Eduard Lewandowski pulling on goal back for Düsseldorf, as Darryl Boyce was quick to react to a rebound at the side of the Eisbaren goal and saw his pass going back through the legs of the unaware netminder in Cupper and have Lewandowski on the doorstep to tap home at 21.35.

The hosts reply was almost immediate, as Florian Busch restored the Polar Bears two-goal cushion with his second of the game, after the forward blocked an attempted clearance around the boards by the netminder and saw Marcel Noebels trying a spin move that didn’t come off but did have Busch on hand to put it home for a 3-1 lead to the Berliners.

DEG Düsseldorf refused to go away and saw the visitors grow more into the game as it went on. Although the visiting team were two-goals down, they bossed pretty much of the second period and had Marvin Cupper in the Berlin goals making some huge saves to keep the Düsseldorfattackers out. Eventually, the home defences were breached, as John Henrion scored on the power play with a tip-in at the front of the net to see Düsseldorflooking the stronger side of the two in the game at 31.41.

Berlin was being forced to defend for the lion share of the second period, and with the score in their favour at 3-2 heading into the third period, it was a case of the hosts being thankful for getting to the second intermission with their lead intact. However though, early in the third period, it saw Düsseldorf tying the game 44.34 through a Darryl Boyce goal after Eduard Lewandowski saw his attempted a tip in front fall nicely for Boyce at the back post to put in make it 3-3.

In the third period, it saw an even-stevens type of game, as the hosts weren’t able to make the most of their chances when the opportunities came their way and saw Daniel Fischbuch striking the post with effort and also had Jamie MacQueen going closer too, but without any end product. For the visiting side, they played the entire game with a confidence about them and wasn’t too flustered at all by the late-rallying Berlin side late in the game.

With the scores tied after sixty-minutes of play, it saw the game heading into an overtime period and have the home side looking to end it early with some good attacking pressure. Berlin was then awarded a penalty shot and had Danny Richmond stepping up to take the penalty for the Polar Bears, but his effort was tamely shot and saved easily by Mathias Niederberger in the DEG goals.

The extra period of play couldn’t separate the sides and so a shootout was needed to determine who claimed the extra point in the game. Micky DuPont missed the opening penalty for the home side, as the visitors grabbed the advantage with John Henrion netting to put the Düsseldorf ahead.

Florian Busch was the next Berlin player to be stopped in his tracks by Niederberger, and when Jeremy Welsh for Düsseldorf missed his penalty, it all came down to Nick Petersen having to score or it was over – Petersen took the third penalty shot for the home side and was unable to find the twine and have Niederberger making the stop and help to extend the visiting sides winning streak to four in a row.

For Eisbaren however, it brought to an end to recent their four-game winning streak and sees them now looking to bounce back in their clash on Sunday night against bitter rivals Adler Mannheim, as the Eagles fly into the German Capital for will be a hugÜe game for both teams.


CAMPBELL INJURY MARS CITY WOMEN’S EURO WIN

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MANCHESTER CITY WOMEN  2 –  1  LSK KVINNER   (City win 7-1 on Aggregate)

Second half goals by Izzy Christiansen and Nikita Parris helped book Manchester City Women place into the Quarter Finals of the Women’s Champions League after the Blues beat Norwegian side LSK Kvinner 2-1 at the Academy Stadium, and 7-1 on aggregate and await their next opponents.

The victory came at a cost though for the WSL Champions, as the home side were dealt an enormous blow after losing Republic of Ireland defender Megan Campbell for a long spell on the sidelines after she sustained a bad looking leg injury in the victory. 

With City beating Kvinner over in Norway 5-0 last week in their first leg, it saw the tie is effectively over before the two sides renewed acquaintances once more at the Academy Stadium for the second leg, and saw the home side looking to hammer home their advantage in the home leg. 

The hosts had the first chance through Jill Scott in the opening minutes of the game, as some nice attacking play saw a ball putting the midfielder in on goal and having Scott seeing her shot well saved by Cecilie Fiskerstrand in the LSK Kvinner goals. From the following corner, it saw Jennifer Beattie heading over the bar and seeing a bright start by the home side. 

Captain Steph Houghton had a header saved on the line by the keeper minutes later, as City was looking very strong when in attack, and looked to be the only side in the contest in the open ten minutes of play.

Claire Emslie was the next player to go close for the home side after good work by Demi Stokes down the left-hand side then saw the England International nutmegging the defender and putting a good ball into the box for Emslie to get on the end of, but sadly could only hit it straight at the keeper.

Stokes then ran onto a long ball by Jennifer Beattie in defence and saw the England defender galloping in the penalty area for the hosts before trying to lift her shot over the keeper, but Fiskerstrand once again came to the rescue of the visitors and just got a touch to see go out for a corner.

Kvinner had literally been in stuck in their own half for the first quarter of the game and had hardly touched the ball inside the City half at all, but in the 17th minute, it saw the Norwegian side taking the lead very much against the run of play.

It saw Emilie Haavi spotting the run of a teammate and played a lovely through ball that cut the City defence open as Guro Reiten dashed on to the end of it, before then picking out Marte Berget as she drew both Houghton and Beattie over towards and left the Kvinner player completely unmarked in the City box have her shot partly stopped by Ellie Roebuck, but the ball trickled in a shock 1-0 lead to the side from Lilliestrom. 

The next few minutes saw a lull throughout the City side, as the goal seemed to disrupt and disjoint their play for the next few minutes as the visiting side seemed to have a bit of control temporarily in the game. Keira Walsh then saw her dipping volley going just over the bar for City as they looked to find a way back and reassert their position in the game.

Demi Stokes weaved her magic down the left once more, as this time she had the defender tied up in knots and put another good cross into the box for the wide open Nikita Parris to get her head on but the striker managed to put it wide of the goal and fail to test the keeper and was another chance that went begging.

The back line for the home side was caught out again, as the Norwegian side came close to doubling their lead through Guro Reiten, as she attempted to curl a ball into the top corner but thankfully for City, it went wide of the target.

Two quick chances then fell the way of the hosts in quick succession, as Izzy Christiansen and Keira Walsh both tested the Kvinner defence with shots and had the keepers having to get down to a Walsh shot from range that was tricky.

A minute into the second half saw the home side drawing level through Izzy Christiansen, as a through ball from Nikita Parris saw the midfielder unmarked and saw Christiansen curling her shot in the far side of the net past Fiskerstrand in the Kvinner goals for 1-1.

Things then took a back seat in the 54th minute of play, when defender Megan Campbell stretched for a ball in a tackle and saw the Republic of Ireland player instantly waving for help and screaming in agony while laying down on the ground and had the Eire player rupturing her ACL in her right knee and was down for a long time.

The injury brought a long delay to the game, as the medics treated Campbell on the field and needed her to be stretched off and received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance and left City a defender light in what is a small squad anyhow. Emilie Haavi then saw her shot whistling past the right-hand post of Roebuck in the City goals as the visitors nearly retook the lead with the shot.

Houghton saw her free kick failing to trouble Fiskerstrand in the LSK goal and the keeper claimed the ball pretty easily. Soon after it saw Guro Reiten spotting the goalkeeper off her line and attempting to chip her from distance, but the shot was a bit under-hit and saw Roebuck making the grab and easily getting back.

Then moments later in the 72nd minute, it saw Mel Lawley getting the better of Ingrid Wold down the Kvinner right and playing a low ball across the five-yard area for the incoming Nikita Parris to turn goalward for 2-1 lead to the Blues and 7-1 on aggregate. 

Danish International defender Mie Jans made her belated debut for the home side with twelve minutes left to play, after Jans had been injured after joining City from Brondby in the summer and shown some good glimpses in defence and attack to for her new side.

Ellie Roebuck then made a brilliant full-stretch save to keep out Emilie Haavi’s free-kick late on in the game, but the game belonged to Manchester City Women and have their joy of making it through to their second successive Quarter-Finals being short-lived, as the match was marred by that injury to Megan Campbell in the second half.

The city now awaits their fate in the Quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League with trips abroad to possibly the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain and maybe even a tie against Chelsea still on the cards. 

 

CITY MAKE IT FIVE STRAIGHT TO GO TOP OF THE TABLE

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MANCHESTER CITY LADIES 4 – 0 BRISTOL CITY WOMEN

Manchester City Ladies moved to the top of the Women’s Super League table thanks to a 4-0 win over new-girls to the top-flight in Bristol City Women. City netted two goals in each half on route to their fifth straight win of the season, as the Blues continue their unbeaten start to the WSL this term. 

After Nick Cushing’s side won 5-0 in their Women’s Champions League clash at LSK Kvinner of Norway in midweek, it saw the Blues returning home to the glorious sunshine of Manchester and facing a Bristol City side that was much changed from the side they met last time out at the Academy Stadium a couple of years ago.

The last time the Vixens came up North to face the Champions it was a couple of seasons ago and saw the home side handing out a 6-1 hammering of the visiting side. Meetings between the sides haven’t been kind to Bristol at all in the last four games, as the Vixens have scored once compared to the City who have netted sixteen.

City made inroads inside the opening ten minutes of play when Izzy Christiansen was brought down inside the area and saw the midfielder stepping up to take the spot kick herself and put the hosts a goal up after 8 minutes gone. Steph Houghton nearly doubled the lead minutes later with a free kick, but Bristol keeper Sophie Baggerley got down very well to push the England and City captain’s effort away for a corner.

Despite City dominating the game and having just a goal to show wasn’t a true reflection of how the first half was being played out. England duo Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen both had chances to increase the Citizens lead, but neither were able to make it count and saw the visiting side doing a good job to contain the home side as best as they could.

Former Bristol player Claire Emslie capped her first appearance against her former employees with a goal. It saw the Scottish midfielder doubling the lead on 37 minutes for the home side as Emslie made a trademark cut in from the left and put a curling effort in at the far post to beat Baggerly in the Bristol nets for 2-0.

The home side was cruising at two-nil up and saw the back line getting needlessly caught out a couple of times late on and needed England’s Under-17 goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck to make a couple of stops to preserve the 2-0 lead.

Roebuck then made the best save of the two moments before the halftime break, when Lauren Kemp got behind the defence and was clean through on goal but the City keeper used her legs to deny the Vixens forward and see teams heading to the locker room.

For the start of the second half, it saw both teams having chances, as firstly Baggerly made a good save from Jennifer Beattie to keep her side from going further behind and then had Hemp once again going one on one with the keeper and saw her putting her shot wide and was the best chance that Bristol created in the half.

City then made it 3-0 through an Abbie McManus strike, as some good build play between Mel Lawley and Jane Ross saw the ball being played back to the defender and have McManus firing into the top far corner and kill off Bristol’s faint hopes of getting back into the match.

Demi Stokes then got moved onto the wing and saw her having an immediate effect for the home side, as she bombed down the wing and put the visiting side in danger with a cross come shot and nearly caught out of the keeper. Jennifer Beattie then made it 4-0 on 87 minutes when a cross came in from her Scottish International teammate Claire Emslie and saw Beattie turning the defender inside out in the box, and then scored with a lovely finish.

Victory for the Blues and Chelsea being held 2-2 late on away at Reading meant that the champions moved two points clear at the top of the table, but there is a far long way to go yet and no one is thinking that far ahead quite yet. City Women now turn their attention to Thursday night when they play their second leg against LSK Kvinner in the Women’s Champions League tie.

PARRIS GOAL HELPS CITY TO AVOID A STICKY SITUATION AGAINST TOFFEES

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Manchester City’s Pocket-rocket Nikita Parris scored ten minutes from time to help maintain the defending champions 100% record in the WSL Continental Cup competition so far after the former Everton striker condemned her former employees to a 2-1 defeat at the City Academy Stadium on Bonfire night. 

The holders welcomed back goalkeeper Karen Bardsley to their starting line-up for the first time this season, after the England number one suffered a broken leg while playing for her country during the European Championships this past summer. For the blue half of Merseyside in Everton Ladies, it saw the return of ex-City starlet Georgia Brougham making her first trip back to the Academy Stadium since leaving to join the Toffees back in early 2016. 

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Nikita Parris goes close for City – PIC: ManCityWomen Twitter

With the game being played on Bonfire night, it saw City nearly starting off with a bang, as they came close to taking the lead in the 9th minute of the game when Nikita Parris ran onto a ball by Claire Emslie and saw her shot looking like it had been pushed away by Kirstie Levell in the Everton goal for a corner, but a goal kick was given. 

Parris then thought she had opened the scoring in the 13th minute, after the forward had put the ball in the back of the visitor’s net, but the flag had gone up prior to her netting for an offside against the home side and saw a long discussion between referee and linesman over the decision and resulted in a disallowed goal.

The visitors struggled to create much in the way of an attack in the first half and was limited to one shot in the first half from midfielder Claudia Walker as the Everton midfielder tried a hopeful long-range effort that saw easily dealt with by Karen Bardsley.

Steph Houghton had an effort that went wide of the target before the City captain then set up the opening goal of the game, as Houghton played a long floated ball into the Everton penalty area and Izzy Christansen guided the ball home to put the home side in front on 25 minutes. 

Everton’s backline stood firm for most of the game and saw the home side finding it hard to break down the Toffees defences with any clear-cut chances. Jennifer Beattie came close with a header from a Keira Walsh free kick that almost doubled City’s lead, but the Citizens went into the break 1-0 up. The second half saw the visiting side come out with a bit more of a spark to their play and weren’t afraid to have a go either. 

Jill Scott struck the bar for the hosts with a shot from outside the area early on and saw her 20-yard effort skimming the bar. City was starting to put Everton under a fair bit of trouble and despite heading controlling possession, they just weren’t able to make the most of it and was giving their opponents a hope of getting back into the game the longer it went on at 1-0.

Nikita Parris had another chance go begging for the home side when the striker blasted over the bar from inside the box and saw City becoming a bit wasteful with their goal scoring opportunities. Jennifer Beattie went close for the blues on 73 minutes as the Scottish defender put a header on goal and brought out a good save from Levell in the visitor’s goal to keep the home side out again.

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Izzy Christiansen and her teammates celebrate the opening goal – PIC: ManCityWomen Twitter

Everton then equalised through a header by Northern Ireland International Simone Magill on 77 minutes as the forward put home from a Chloe Kelly free-kick and saw the ball creeping in past Karen Bardsley to draw the visitors level. The home side very nearly replied instantly from a Jill Scott header, as a cross towards the far post was on the head of the Scott and her effort was superbly denied by a stunning point-blank save by Kirstie Levell. 

A couple minutes later, it saw a carbon copy of the Scott header from moments before but this time it saw Jill Scott put her header on goal and had teammate Nikita Parris making sure of the ball going in, as she nodded in from close range to restore the lead for the hosts and see the holders lead 2-1. 

Despite the away side being stubborn opposition for the Nick Cushing’s side, the home side always looked the likelier side to score again and when Parris tried to lob the keeper from 25-yards out, it saw Levell unsure where the ball was ending up and so was forced to tip the ball away for a corner.  

City closed the game out and made it two wins from two, but they didn’t have it their own way and the visitors took their one and only chance when it was presented to them and they made the home side forced to work for it.