Mt Barker pre­vail over Spencer Park in tense fi­nal

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Mt Barker has with­stood a late rally from Spencer Park to win through to the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, after a 2-1 tri­umph in the elim­i­na­tion first semi­fi­nal of the Lower Great South­ern Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion women’s A-grade com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day evening in Mt Barker.

After join­ing the A-grade com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son, Mt Barker scored a goal in each half of the cut-throat fi­nal but had to sur­vive some nervy mo­ments late in the sec­ond half.

Jess McPart­land scored from a goal mouth scram­ble to give Mt Barker a 1-0 lead at the break and in the sec­ond minute of the last half again it was McPart­land who found the back of the net.

Caus­ing a turnover in her for­ward half McPart­land ran the ball into the at­tack­ing cir­cle and beat keeper Erin Trot­ter, who had come off her line, to put her side two goals ahead.

Park be­gan to con­trol pos­ses­sion more as the sec­ond half wore on and as a re­sult cre­ated plenty of chances to score.

A fourth penalty cor­ner of the last half fi­nally net­ted a goal for Park as An­nie Judd’s shot found the back of the net with 8 1⁄2 min­utes to play.

Park had the ball locked in their for­ward half for the ma­jor­ity of the fi­nal five min­utes but they could not con­jure a mean­ing­ful shot as Mt Barker pre­vailed.

Laura Archer and Amy Sandi­lands were both im­pres­sive for the winners while Rachael Goetze, play­ing in de­fence, and Emma Thomp­son were ter­rific for Park.

Many­peaks will face Mt Barker in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal after they lost the sec­ond semi­fi­nal to North Al­bany 3-1 in Al­bany on the same day.

Ca­rina Cronje scored twice and fel­low young­ster Claire Gon­za­les also found the back of the net. Red­backs booked a fifth straight grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance as a re­sult.

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