Coach pleased despite defeat

In...Eastern United right inside Ashton Wadsoworth jumps over a Collegiate playerÂ’s stick as he dribbles the ball into the circle during a Hockey Southland game against Collegiate on Sunday. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Eastern United went down 5-3 in its game against Collegiate on Sunday.

The Hockey Southland division three game was played at the Gore Turf.

Eastern coach Rodger Copland said he was pleased with the way the team played.

“They threw the ball around, played some nice hockey,” Copland said.

However, in the second quarter a lapse in concentration resulted in Collegiate scoring two goals to go up 4-2.

“We probably lost a wee bit of composure. It just wasn’t our game.”

The rest of the game was evenly contested with both teams scoring again.

“I think Collegiate deserved to win. They just made the most of their chances.”

He was pleased with the team’s passing game.

Callum Wilson (15), Ashton Wadsworth and Murphy Davis (both 14) played well.

The loss put the team third in the competition and it was unlikely it would make the final in two weeks.