Shane McLeod’s protégés continue to lead the Pro League after their 6th success in the competition. Faced with Great Britain which was playing its third match in 5 days after its duels against the Netherlands, in Amsterdam, the Lions, deprived of Vincent Vanasch and Loick Luypaert, but with John-John Dohmen back in business, took the game to their account from the kick-off even if the first possibility was to the credit of the visitors who obtained a first penalty after less than 60 seconds. But Adam Dixon’s attempt was stopped with authority by Loic Van Doren. Just before the end of the first quarter, the British obtained 2 pc but without success while the Belgians had controlled possession of the ball. The visitors took more and more initiatives but without more success. We had to wait until the 27th minute to witness the Red Lions’ first opportunity and the opening scoring of Alexander Hendrickx on a powerful sleep. It was 100% for Belgium which once again demonstrated its unfailing realism in this type of meeting. But the joy was short-lived since just before the break, Phil Roper deservedly equalized on the 5th visitor penalty.
The Red Lions were going to have to show a whole different face when they returned from the locker room if they wanted to win the 3 points against a British team well in place and inspired in its offensive reconversions. And it only took 3 minutes for the Belgians, on their second opportunity of the game, to register number 2 via Tom Boon on a perfect serve from Arthur Van Doren. It did not take more to provoke an adverse reaction, but neither Alan Forsyth nor Liam Ansell managed to defeat the vigilance of Loic Van Doren as the rain redoubled in intensity. In the 47th minute, Jack Waller finally put the two teams tied (2-2). Manu Stockbroekx then obtained the possibility of restoring the lead to his colors, but he lacked success. The British did not give up and obtained 3 consecutive pc but they did not find the net. The last 5 minutes were a bit disjointed and in the last minute of play, John-John Dohmen scored the winning goal in a somewhat confused phase (3-2).
At the final whistle, Florent van Aubel was not looking for excuses to explain this half-hearted performance. “We were less dashing than usual, that’s for sure. It was our first international match with the team since the duels in Germany and it was felt immediately. We did not offer our best hockey but we won. It does mean something all the same. We will have to correct the situation for tomorrow. It was a question of rhythm and automatisms. There was also too much technical waste in our game. Finally, it was felt that we had not played in the league for 2 weeks. We will therefore retain above all the realism we have shown and this new victory in the competition. ”