U13 Hockey v Riley House

Wednesday 7th December
Riley House 3, St. Mary’s 5
 U13 hockey 71216

Our final game of 2016 and what a nail biter! With Riley scoring first, the game ebbed and flowed and the girls had to work extremely hard to graft out a result. Thankfully they did just that and maintained our very encouraging record this season.
The long journey there was pretty uneventful and we arrived with time for a quick warm but as ever when travelling, the girls took their time to get up to match speed and subsequently allowed the Riley girls to disrupt their game and indeed take the lead. Conceding the goal gave the girls the jolt they needed and fortunately before long we managed to equalise through a lovely succession of passes, some great skills and a cross that found Naesi waiting to pounce on the far post. Lucy then scored with only a few minutes of the half remaining, having beaten the goalie at her near post.
One or two words of wisdom were offered at half time and suffice to say, work rates, communication, positioning and support were all vastly improved in the second half! Riley did equalise to make the score 2 – 2, but then the girls got the bit between their teeth and started to dominate the game. Lucy scored another two and Louisa scored our final goal, courtesy of a great strike from the edge of the D, all without reply. With the score at 4 – 2 and as the final whistle sounded, Riley were awarded a short corner from which they scored but fortunately the girls had done enough to earn another victory.
Despite being two players down, the girls rallied well today and I was thrilled that Phoebe rose to the challenge of playing in goal, not easy when the ball is being fired at you from all angles and at varying heights! Georgia, Eloise & Chloe all played well too with some timely tackles and great surges forward. Abbie, Millie & Naesi in the midfield worked hard and, in the second half particularly, showed some lovely skills and vision. Up front, Lucy and Anna were fed some great balls and used possession well. Tendencies to work too far back leaving us stikerless, were rectified in the second half and we reaped the reward.
My thanks to Mrs Darling, to all the travelling support today and to Strathallan for making us feel so welcome.
Mr P.

Jules Birdsall, 08/12/2016

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