Grammarians were 35seconds from claiming victory when Portugues club Lamas struck a lethal blow to equalise. Playing the crossover finals of the Eurohockey Club Challenge II at the Victoria Stadium Grammarians had dominated for most of the match. Twice they had gone into the lead, but twice they had seen the Portuguese come back. The last minute goal meant that Grammarians had to face a penalty shootout. Once again Lamas came back from 2-0 down to draw and force a knockout round. Luck did not favour the hosts who saw their efforts of going unbeaten in the four matches played since Thursday during the official playing time go without its due reward. The morning had started early for Grammarains fans, and the celebrations were coming to an end early as they have to wait another season before competing for promotion again. A foul outside the D, two yellow cards when they were already one man up giving the Portuguese a one man advantage along with a short corner in the space of 35 seconds was enough to bring tears to many on the field who had given their all and saw it vanish. The many decisions which had gone against them, the three calls for an advantage to have been played instead of play being stopped, all seemed to accumulate to prevent Grammarians from joining the Challenge I division even though along with Servette they were the only side who had not lost a match during the regulation 60 mins of play in any of their four matches.
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