Hockey men make history

Doncaster's Andre Otten celebrates after scoring against Cannock Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster's Andre Otten celebrates after scoring against Cannock Picture: Andrew Roe

Two goals from Joe Morrison helped Doncaster to a shock victory over their Premier League opponents to win a place in the national hockey cup final for the first time in the club’s history.

TWO goals from Joe Morrison helped Doncaster to a shock victory over their Premier League opponents to win a place in the national hockey cup final for the first time in the club’s history.

Doncaster's Joe Morrison has a shot at goal against Cannock Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster's Joe Morrison has a shot at goal against Cannock Picture: Andrew Roe

The Town Field team has dropped into hockey’s second tier in recent years but finished worthy winners to the delight of the home crowd to set up a final against cup holders Beeston on May 14.

Andre Otten grabbed the other goal on an epic afternoon for Doncaster.

Cannock started strongly and had the better of the opening exchanges but misfired when given the opportunity to shoot.

Doncaster took the lead from the first penalty corner of the day.

A neat routine with interplay between four players allowed Joe Morrison to finish at the far post, leaving Great Britain goalkeeper James Fair no chance of making the save.

The rest of the half passed without incident as Doncaster defended well - but the second half belonged to the home team.

Cannock had to soak up the pressure with Fair making several fine saves to keep the higher status club in the game.

But another short corner saw the initial shot saved before a chance fell to Andre Otten and the German made no mistake in dispatching the rebound to double the lead.

Doncaster hit the bar with another Morrison penalty corner before Lachlan Brownhalls had a superb chance to add to the score with only Fair to beat.

But the Cannock keeper produced another excellent save to deny him.

The outstanding Morrison sealed victory with another penalty corner flicked low and deflected past the helpless keeper.

Doncaster closed out the game with resolute defence from skipper Pete Bartlett, Tim Shelley and Tom Brickman keeping the Cannock forward line at bay.

And keeper Ashley Watson was seldom troubled as the home team clinched a memorable win.

n Saturday saw Doncaster keep their faint chances of promotion alive when goals from Otten, Brownhalls, Tim Shelley and Oliver Ward sealed a 4-3 win at Deeside Ramblers.

Doncaster must win their remaining game - and hope that both Sheffield and Durham University lose - to progress to the promotion play-offs.