Canterbury scrapped their way into the final of the Hockey 5s at the SSE Arena in Wembley, with a last-gasp 6-5 win over Sevenoaks.
In a breathless, close-fought match where neither team held on to a lead for more than a few minutes, and no lead extended beyond a single goal, there was little to separate the two sides.
Sevenoaks captain Chris Barker gave his side the dream start with an early goal, but this was soon nullified by Liam Foster for Canterbury.
Canterbury then took the lead as Wei Adams flicked handsomely into the roof.
Unlike the first semi-final, there were no long spells of cat-and-mouse possession, just waves of attacks and turnover. Mike Holland equalised for Sevenoaks from a penalty stroke, before a neat behind-the-back switch on a penalty corner was slotted home for Canterbury by their top-scorer, Ben Allberry.
The second half was almost a replica of the first, with another early goal for Sevenoaks from Barker, followed by another high flick for Canterbury from Adams, to make the score at 4-3.
In a flurry of action, George Tarry scored a brace in almost as many minutes to give Sevenoaks a 5-4 lead, before Canterbury used the same variation on a penalty corner, with the same result for Allberry.
With the score level at 5-5 and just two minutes to play, Kwan Browne ordered off his goalkeeper and brought on a kicking back.
The move proved ultimately decisive, as just the match looked destined to go to a shootout, the extra player allowed Canterbury to create an overlap down Sevenoaks’ left side. The ball was dropped back to Foster who slotted home with the clock showing just one second to play.
Sevenoaks were denied a history-making place in the finals by a piece of tactical brilliance, despite a brilliant performance that left the crowd delighted.

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