Victory against Angels
Eagles women move up to second place in the Premier Handball League with a late victory over London Angels
The Eagles were excited to come on court after winning the game on previous weekend away against Hawks. Even though the squad was missing a few key players Eagles were determined to take their 3 points.
The start of the game did not go to the Eagles’ plan. Angels took the lead early on (10-5) scoring from their left wing and pivot positions. Eagles struggled to break through their tough and aggressive defence but did have opportunity to score some penalties that Kiki Littman took successfully. With fantastic goals from Sunni Ovstebo Naess at 9m and a few fast breaks from Noelly Chevallier and Erika Recska, the Eagles started to pick up the game. At this very important time it was goalkeeper Anette’s turn to receive penalty shots from the Angels and managed to save them both. Eagles worked hard to reduce the goal difference and brought the score to level just before the half time. (12-12)
In the second half Angels came back stronger, to lead with 3 goals ahead (15-12). Eagles changed their defence to 5:1, which broke down the fluency of their game and forced Angels to make long passes. Eagles were used the mistakes to their advantage and made several interceptions; scoring goals from fast breaks. The turning point was at 18-18. Angels became distressed when Eagles began to press higher in defence. They made several technical mistakes that Eagles took advantage of and continued with their fast breaks. Great goals at the end from Mayhilde Akselsen and Anne Roppen increased the goal difference to 3; the final score 23-26.
After a very tough game Eagles managed to take a deserved 3 points and now sit in second place ahead of NEM Hawks. Top scorer of the game was Kiki Littman with 11 goals.