1st Hockey v Cargilfield

Wednesday 28th September

St. Mary’s 2, Cargilfield 2
 1st Hockey v Cargilfield 28 Se

Following our string of excellent results so far this season, we approached today’s clash with Cargilfield in good spirits and keen to maintain our unbeaten run. As it was, things didn’t go quite to plan!
The shrill of the starting whistle was still echoing around the ground as Lucy scored with what was almost her first touch of the game, so at 1- 0 after only 10 seconds, I might have been forgiven for predicting a slightly different score line. The first half we dominated and had it not been for some stoic defending from the Cargilfield girls, we might have found the back of the net more than just once. Their keeper made save after save which ultimately kept them in the game and despite our best efforts we just couldn’t find our second.
The second half saw the Cargilfeild girls enjoy more possession and it was our turn to defend. That said, one of our many breaks down the left wing found Lucy with the space and skill to dribble into their D and score at the near post. With a two goal lead, you may have thought the girls sat back. On the contrary, I cannot fault their work rate. Abbie, Anna and Naesi in the midfield worked tirelessly in both attack and defense, as did Jessica playing as right striker. Chloe and Georgia were kept very busy at the back and did extremely well to breakdown the Cargilfield attacks. Both of the Cargilfield goals came courtesy of short corners, the second and equalizer with just two minutes remaining. Despite making some excellent saves, Jess had no chance of stopping either goal and the clock then beat us to finding a winning goal.
This was a slightly frustrating game today. Dotted with passages of lovely hockey, we were perhaps more disjointed today, not linking as well nor keeping as much width as we needed. Nevertheless, as I said the girls worked their socks off and clung onto a well-deserved draw. I would hope that if we meet Cargilfield again this season (and there’s every likelihood of that happening) we can find a little more composure on the ball and be more clinical in front of goal.
Well tried today girls. Next week, we are hosting Dollar at Tweedbank for a 2.15pm start. Plenty to work on in preparation for that!
Mr P

Jules Birdsall, 29/09/2016

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