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Stirling University
Eight goal thriller ends in stalemate

Eight goal thriller ends in stalemate

By Phil Doggart
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Ladies 1XI held at home by Stirling Uni


If there was a sporting venue that provided more entertainment than Meggetland, that must have been the place to be in Edinburgh today. In the middle of the 24 goals scored in three matches, the Ladies 1XI shared eight with Stirling University. In summary, the match was as exciting as the scoreline suggested with neither side paying a huge amount to defensive duties.
The first quarter began with a home team bang.Some great work around the D ended with Susan Rome narrowly missing the target. Two goals midway through the first quarter were a fair reflection of our dominance. Iona Syme scored a cheeky wee finish from a corner to open the scoring. Hannah Coull doubled the lead after a scramble in the D following another corner. Almost total control for the first 17 1/2 minutes and a well deserved lead.
But if the tide was coming in during the first quarter, it well and truly went out in the second quarter as the students turned a two goal deficit into a one goal lead.The students raised their performance and asked lots of questions of our defence. They scored their first after a rapid break that left the defence outnumbered. The equaliser came on 12 minutes after we made a great block on the line, but the resulting rebound was bundled over the line. Despite the mostly one-way traffic, at the other end Susan had a great shot tipped over the bar. That was only a brief interlude, as the quarter ended with the students on top. They won a number of corners, Ava showed that both keepers were capable of great saves, but finally the pressure told and the Uni took the lead in the last minute.
The squad's half-time diagnosis was immediate and clear. Regaining our shape was essential to staying in the game. With one tactical change, the team returned to the fray ready to turn the game around. And turn the game around they did. Early pressure won a corner as we took control of possession. The equaliser came on five minutes when Carys Doggart hit a rebound from a Hannah Coull corner strike into the goal. (a little birdie - quite a tall one actually - may have confessed to some stick illegality before the ball crossed the line but after last week we will accept it).We retained lots of good possession in the quarter showing much more composure that in Q2. Despite the possession we didn't create as much in front of goal and we paid the price at the end of the quarter. In their only clear chance of the quarter, Stirling broke and with our defensive unit in disarray, the 3 on 1 led to the inevitable goal.
The final quarter saw us retain our dominance with lots of possession but the students' defensive structures were solid. In what was our most composed attacking performance of the season, we were extremely patient in attack with lots of intelligent running into space. The Uni defensive set up stopped us getting the space where we needed it. However the reward came with 2 minutes to go. Neat interplay created the previously absent space and Susan Rome hit the equaliser. There was still time for some last minute drama as we won three corners in a row, but we couldn't repeat our corner efficiency from earlier in the game.
A thrilling afternoon with us a little unlucky not to win against resilient opponents. Lots of positives to take away from the usual learning points.
Some videos to follow.
As we are in the part of the year with lots of finals, congratulations to the 10, yes 10, EHC girls who picked up the Scottish Schools Cup last weekend. Best wishes to Faye Sutherland as she turns out in a slightly different final, the Scottish U16 Girls Rugby final for East Lothian at Murrayfield
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Match date

Sat 26, Mar 2022

Kickoff

15:00