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Gonzalo Echenique winner gets Primorje past Jug

Jug was off for a strong unbeaten run and led no doubts on their intentions this season after beating Primorje at home 13-7 in round 6 of the Regional league. Well, that unbeaten run was halted on Sunday in the 2nd of two clashes between the league title favourites. Thanks to a late goal by left-hander Gonzalo Echenique Primorje edged rivals Jug 6-5 in Rijeka to split the season series joining Jug on top of the standings, although the Dubrovnik based squad hold the better goal scoring difference. But Sunday's win was a booster and confirmed the title contention status of Jug is not to be taken for granted. Primorje got lifted by a strong 3rd period in which two unanswered goals had them in the driver's seat for the final 8 minutes. Jug tried and did came back as Marko Macan, Xavi Garcia and eventually Felipe Perrone (for the 5-5 equaliser) scored, before newcomer Echenique decided the contest with 53 seconds to play.
In other results Jadran kept hold of their good results in the league controlling Mladost 5-10 in Zagreb thanks to a balanced attack. Radnicki tries for a better 2nd season half and did so by beating Mornar 11-8 on Sunday. But as fellow contenders Vojvodina topped POSK 13-9 at home Radnicki's win doesn't mean too much for the standings, yet. But 6th place looks in sight for both Serbian squads.

Regional league
16th round

Sunday, February 21:

VK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) vs. Mornar BS (CRO) 11-8 (3-2, 2-1, 1-3, 5-2)
Radnicki scorers: Rade Joksimovic 2, Roman Pilipenko 2, Vukasin Ganic 2, Alexey Shmider, Nebojska Toholj, Djordje Lekic, Dusan Panajotovic, Aleksa Manic.

Mornar scorers: Slavko Calic 2, Antonio Buha 2, Ante Viskovic 2, Marino Cagalj, Maroje Gluhaic.

HAVK Mladost Zagreb (CRO) vs. Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE) 5-10 (0-3, 3-2, 1-2, 1-3)

Mladost scorerS: Andrija Vlahovic 2, Luka Bukic, Andrija Basic.

Jadran scorers: Stefan Vidovic 2, Nikola Moskovc 2, Aleksa Ukropina, Zeljko Kovacic, Bojan Banicevic, Duro Radovic, Miroslav Randjic, Vladan Spajic.

Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB) vs. OVK POSK (CRO) 13-9 (5-3, 3-4, 4-2, 1-0)
Vojvodina scorers: Ivan Gvozdanovic 3, Marko Trkulja 3, Nikola Maric 2, Mirel Catovic 2, Ilija Prekogacic, Kristijan Sulc, Marko Marceta.

POSK scorers: Ante Corusic 3, Marin Delic 2, Boze Gadza, Lovro Roncevic, Stipe Situm, Kresimir Butic.

Primorje EB Rijeka (CRO) vs. Jug CO Dubrovnik (CRO) 6-5 (1-1, 1-1, 2-0, 2-3)
Primorje scorers: Cosmin Radu 2, Gonzalo Echenique 2, Ivan Krapic, Miho Boskovic.

Jug scorers: Felipe Perrone 2, Marko Macan, Xavi Garcia, Paulo Obradovic.

The standings are now as follows:

1. Jug CO Dubrovnik 15 - 42 pts
2. Primorje EB Rijeka 14 - 39
3. Jadran Carine Herceg Novi 15 - 36
4. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade 13 - 21
5. HAVK Mladost Zagreb 13 - 17
6. Mornar BS 14 - 13
7. Vojvodina Novi Sad 15 - 12
8. VK Radnicki Kragujevac 15 - 10
9. OVK POSK 14 - 8

Top scorers:

1. Felipe Perrone (Jug) - 37 goals
2. Aleksa Ukropina (Jadran) - 34
3. Petar Muslim (Primorje) - 33

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