Star shines in penalty shoot-out

The Northern Star - - SPORT -

NORTH­ERN Star has ended the 16-year pre­mier­ship run of Glee Far North Coast women’s A-Grade hockey in an ex­tra-time penalty shootout in front of a ca­pac­ity crowd at Hep­burn Park.

It was an ex­cel­lent game of hockey that in­cluded ev­ery­thing at a fast pace, with both teams search­ing for op­tions in the early stages.

The game ebbed from end to end with­out trou­bling the keep­ers, and 27 min­utes passed be­fore Glee forced the first penalty cor­ner of the match which it didn’t con­vert.

The play­ers were show­ing signs of heat ex­haus­tion with no score head­ing into the break.

There was more of the same in the next sec­tion with end-to-end play with­out re­sult.

Both sides put in fan­tas­tic de­fen­sive ef­forts and with 11 to go Glee scored but the goal was dis­al­lowed be­cause it was too high for first shot in a penalty cor­ner vari­a­tion.

There were few op­por­tu­ni­ties in the rest of the half, and it went into ex­tra-time drop-off.

Glee had to start with 8 ver­sus 9 for five min­utes due to a sus­pen­sion right on full-time.

There was no re­sult after the first seven min­utes and teams went into the sec­ond seven min­utes at 7-a-side.

Glee again was re­duced a player due to a two-minute sus­pen­sion in the sec­tion.

Still no re­sult and it went into the fi­nal seven min­utes at 5-a-side.

Nei­ther side could score and they had played 91 min­utes with­out a goal.

The match was set­tled on a penalty shoot-out with no re­sult in the first five and a win to Star in the sec­ond due to de­ter­mined Star goal­keeper Zoe Cot­ter­ill.

Team­mate Kate Mar­shall was named player of the match and awarded the Abby Stand­ing Medal.

The match was um­pired by Jane Par­rish from East Lis­more Club and An­nette As­plin (nee Cran­dell), an ex-player from Far North Coast now Bris­bane.

PHOTO: SHEZ NAP­PER

DOM­I­NANT DIS­PLAY: North­ern Star hockey player Kate Mar­shall one-on-one with Glee's Goalie Julie McFad­den. Mar­shall was named player of the match and awarded the Abby Stand­ing Medal.

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