Cup runneth over for Docklands

NATIONAL KO CUP QUARTER-FINAL Docklands 2 London Polonia 3 DOCKLANDS were eliminated from the KO Cup by London rivals Polonia at the weekend. The hosts had managed to get themselves into a strong position, leading 1-0 and 2-1, but succumbed to the visito

NATIONAL KO CUP QUARTER-FINAL

Docklands 2

London Polonia 3

DOCKLANDS were eliminated from the KO Cup by London rivals Polonia at the weekend.


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The hosts had managed to get themselves into a strong position, leading 1-0 and 2-1, but succumbed to the visitors in the fifth set.

The highlight of the first set was a powerful run of jump serves by captain Alexis Blair that included four aces in a row. This helped Docklands run out comfortable 25-18 winners, but Polonia recovered well to level the match.

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Docklands built up a small lead at the start of set three, but it wasn't until two consecutive points by Yassir Sliti, that they could boast more than a two-point lead.

Polonia were finding it hard to stop Sliti as the hosts took the set 25-21.

The match continued to ebb and flow as this time Polonia took control in the fourth set, easing their way to a 25-19 victory.

Docklands coach Ian Legrand threw on veteran Andy Vincett in the decider and they hauled themselves back to 13-12 down.

The visitors called a time out to break Dock-lands' momentum and it seemed to do the trick as they claimed a 15-12 fifth set win.

Even though the result was not the best way for Legrand to celebrate his 300th match as Docklands coach, he was still positive afterwards.

"We showed some great spirit today and if it hadn't been for some lapses in concentration we could have taken this match," he said, as Docklands have an immediate chance for revenge when they visit Polonia in the league next weekend.

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