Close game for sec­onds

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Dum­fries Ladies 2s v GHK 3s

Dum­fries Ladies 2nd XI started off the sea­son for Dum­fries Hockey Club with a home fix­ture against GHK 3s at Queen of the South Academy, Dum­fries.

GHK trav­elled to Dum­fries with a young squad of 16 play­ers and lots of par­ents as driv­ers/sup­port­ers. Dum­fries, for their part, fielded a squad of 12 and were ably sup­ported by fel­low Dum­fries play­ers.

The first part of the game was very even in terms of pos­ses­sion, though GHK did ex­er­cise more pres­sure in the shoot­ing “cir­cle”. Much of this pres­sure was soaked up by the de­fence and when needed Ella (in goal) came to the team’s res­cue.

From the “out” balls from de­fence, the mid­field worked hard to build play and get the ball to the at­tack­ers. How­ever, the close pass­ing and play be­tween the GHK play­ers was very telling and even­tu­ally they worked the ball around the Dum­fries play­ers and beyond Ella to get the first goal of the game.

Dum­fries con­tin­ued to take play to GHK and there was some fine tack­ling and for­ward mov­ing play and some good move­ment of the ball but the fi­nal pass was cut out and the first half ended 1-0 to GHK.

GHK came out con­fi­dently for the sec­ond half, although Dum­fries did not con­sider them­selves out of the game.

They con­tin­ued to hold their own and made some in­roads into the at­tack­ing D. They equalised when Iona ran in on the goal and, find­ing her­self one-on-one with the keeper, calmly placed the ball into the right­hand side of the goal.

Dum­fries grew in con­fi­dence them­selves, and play be­gan to set­tle in the mid­dle of the pitch, with both teams hav­ing chances to build play into an at­tack.

Iron­i­cally, it was from a Dum­fries as­cen­dancy that GHK broke up play and moved the ball quickly into at­tack and scored their sec­ond goal.

The game was into the last quar­ter but Dum­fries stuck to their task – again tak­ing the play to GHK but were thwarted in their at­tempts to score an equaliser and as they tired, GHK scored their third.

This was a good work­out for Dum­fries, and although the points were not theirs, there were many good points to build on for the next game.

Ella Houlis­ton was de­servedly voted Dum­fries player of the match by the op­po­si­tion and the club would like to thank Mar­garet Miller and Han­nah Braw­ley for um­pir­ing the match.

They would also like to con­grat­u­late Tammy McWhirter; Jade McWhirter; Penny Milne and Mor­ven Do­bie who have all been se­lected for the train­ing squad for South West U18 girls.

Squad: Ella Houlis­ton (GK), Angie McNay, Laura Bar­wick, Maz Bell-Irv­ing, Tammy McWhirter, Vicky Fer­gu­son, Iona Ross, An­gela Beat­tie, Jade McWhirter, Eve Brown, Gla­dys McC­ly­mont, Rhi­an­non Stapleton.

The next match is at home against Stepps in West District Cup at King Ge­orge V Park at 2.15pm on Satur­day.

Open Doors

The club are host­ing an Open Doors Week from Septem­ber 23-30 when those in­ter­ested can go along and try hockey at the Queen of the South Academy, King Ge­orge V Park.

Tues­day, Septem­ber 25: Youths and fam­i­lies 6-7pm; boys and men 7-9pm.

Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26: Girls and women, 7-9pm.

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