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Sat 30
Edin Hockey Ladies 1s
Sat 30
15:00
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St Andrew University
Ladies 1XI finish league season with narrow defeat

Ladies 1XI finish league season with narrow defeat

By Phil Doggart
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St Andrews 1XI gain undeserved victory at Meggetland


After last week's capitulation (hence no match report), the league season finished with a vastly improved performance at home. However, not for the first time this season the final score did not reflect what happened on the pitch and also not for the first time this season we ended up with nothing when all the points should have been ours.

The game started at a rapid pace with the first action ending in a St A corner, which Hannah Coull blocked. At the other end Katie Porteous was extremely busy and was causing chaos in the visitors' defence. Our first corner was also blocked but in the 9th minute of the half, we had a moment we have been waiting for all season. Great pressure in midfield won us the ball, Susan Rome played the ball through to an unmarked Caitlin john who slotted home. For the benefit of all, I will confirm, Caitlin John scored her first goal of the season.

Sadly the lead did not last for long, four minutes later a mis-placed pass gave the students the ball outside the D and they capitalised by scoring their first. The last few minutes of the quarter were an indication of what was to follow as we dominated possession and created a load of pressure in the D. Iona had a shot blocked and Orla Roberts was denied by the visiting keeper.

The second quarter was one way traffic with a constant bombardment of the St Andrews goal. However, despite the ball fizzing around the D, we were unable to get the final touch or get in an effective shot. That one deficiency should not take away the from an excellent display of attacking hockey. The closest we came to scoring was from shots by Megan Flockhart and Susan Rome. Possibly the most significant moment was a nasty bump to the head for Rebecca Gordon, which caused her to miss the rest of the game.

Despite changing ends for the third quarter, there was no change to the pattern of play. Indeed, we started the quarter with a bang. Carys Doggart had a corner strike ending up under the keeper. From the subsequent corner, Carys shot narrowly wide. The bombardment continued as a number of players were in great positions but unable to finish. The closest we came to scoring was from another Doggart strike, with the ball flashing inches wide of the post as sticks were flailing at the ball.

Speaking of flailing sticks, the match's comedy moment came immediately after. If you lined up Iona Syme, the St Andrews defender concerned and their sticks, I would have wagered Iona coming off worse in a collision. But no, the umpire's call of a stick tackle was probably correct as Iona sent the defender's stick flying in two different directions. Maybe the shattered stick was a metaphor for our shattered concentration, but the visitors went up the other end, send a shot across goal but this time we managed to get two deflections to the ball to send it into our own goal. An unlucky way to ultimately lose the game. The quarter ended with a superb save from an Iona shot.

The final quarter was more of the same as we created great chances through intelligent running and accurate passes, won a number of corners and probably should have had more, but again the constant pressure failed to produce the deserved outcome. Even removing Ava as a bit of pre-final prep failed to disrupt the flow of the game as the chances kept coming.

Star of the Match goes to Katie Porteous, who stood out among a number of very good performances. Thanks to the support for making Meggetland noisy yesterday. We look forward to as many club members as possible getting to Peffermill for the Scottish Plate Final on 15 May (not forgetting the 3s at the District Final).

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Match date

Sat 30, Apr 2022

Kickoff

15:00