1st VIII v Cargilfield
St. Mary’s 1, Cargilfield 5
We had been waiting a long time for this! Over two years in fact, what with our matches organised for last week and the week before being cancelled. However, the girls (and coaches) were extremely excited to be welcoming Cargilfield to the Borders, on a blustery but very pleasant autumnal equinox.
I think this was Cargilfield’s third game, so where we perhaps lacked early season structure and composure, they were already into the swing of things. This was certainly apparent during the first quarter (we played 4 x 10 mins). While I couldn’t doubt the girls’ efforts, I used the phrase ‘rabbits in headlights’ during the interval team-talk. Having said that, the score was only 0 – 1 to our visitors.
The second period was like watching a different team. I think the girls decided they wanted to show what they were capable of and they started playing some super hockey. We did concede again, courtesy of a penalty corner but then mounting pressure lead to a penalty corner of our own which saw one or our carefully planned moves work brilliantly and Emily fired the ball home; 1 – 2 at half time.
The third quarter we couldn’t split the teams. Both attacked and defended well, with Beattie in our goal perhaps seeing more of the ball than the Cargilfield keeper, but she kept superbly and the scores remained unchanged going into the final period.
From the restart, we piled the pressure onto the Cargilfield defence but they held fast and shots went agonisingly wide. Cargilfield scored from a slick counter attack and then from two penalty corners, giving them what might appear to be a comfortable win. However, without taking anything away from their win, it perhaps doesn’t credit the competitiveness of the game or the fact that there was only one goal in it for much of its duration.
The progress shown by each and every girl, was tremendous. With each of them playing their first game for the 1st VIII, they should be proud of their team and individual performance. Lily W, Bea and Emily in the midfield worked tirelessly in both attack and defence, Olivia and Jemima up front pressurised the Cargilfield backline and deserved more, Zara and Lily T. at the back perhaps showed the most progress of all and Beattie in goal was fabulous. Plenty to work on but many positives too. Well done, girls.
Next week we welcome Dollar to Tweedbank for a 1445 start.