Just one high-goal Queen’s Cup league match today – the last of the 2012 competition – but a vital one. Richard Mille needed to win to guarantee a place in the weekend’s quarter-finals, while Piaget were looking for their first victory and the opportunity to keep any competition hopes alive. Early on it looked as if Piaget was going to cause one of the biggest upsets in this year’s competition as Richard Mille failed to score at all in the first chukka. Meanwhile, Piaget’s patron Stefano Marsaglia and team-mate Christian Laprida found the flags and put them 2-0 ahead at the end of the first seven minutes. Another goal for Piaget, from the stick of Laprida, to two in reply from Richard Mille meant that Marsaglia’s men were still in front at the end of the second. Richard Mille slowly started to get back in contention in the third, thanks to goals from Pablo MacDonough and Tomas Garcia Del Rio, and had leveled the score, 4-4, at half-time.
Staying level was the form for the next two chukkas, with nothing to call between the two teams and the scoreboard read 8-8 at the end of the 5th. But Richard Mille knew that they were running out of time and so upped their game in the final chukka. Goals from MacDonough and Garcia del Rio gave Richard Mille the lead for the first time in the match. Unfortunately Piaget could find nothing in reply and saw their 2012 Queen’s Cup campaign come to an end. Richard Mille now qualify through to the next round as the runners- up in League Two and now play Ayala, the winners of League One, at Manor Farm on 10th June at 12 noon.
Queen's Cup action from Images of Polo