Last-gasp strike leaves Ladies flat

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

The half time break and change of per­son­nel seemed to lift Rochdale and within min­utes they were play­ing the at­tack­ing hockey that they are ca­pa­ble of.

Jink­ing runs by Collinson and Pick­er­ing saw the ball played through to Banks who stretched her legs and sprinted down the wing and into the area.

She then very un­selfishly passed the ball to the bril­liantly po­si­tioned Richard­son who slot­ted it home.

This did not de­ter Didsbury and they con­tin­ued to play some re­ally good hockey but Rochdale were now gain­ing more and more con­fi­dence.

They piled on the pres­sure and soon enough they found them­selves level with a run into the D by Pick­er­ing and a strike which rather for­tu­itously hit the de­fend­ers foot and looped up into the goal, 2-2.

Rochdale at­tacked and at­tacked in the fi­nal 10 min­utes but just couldn’t get the ball past Didsbury’s goal­keeper who was nom­i­nated by Rochdale as be­ing their player of the day.

One minute left on the clock and some­how Didsbury mus­tered one more at­tack.

Ping­ing the ball around at the edge of the D they even­tu­ally hit it into the area and in what seemed like slow mo­tion, Didsbury’s left wing player pushed the ball to­wards the goal and it snuck into the cor­ner.

This was the fi­nal touch of the game. Rochdale were so de­flated as they did not de­serve this re­sult.

Cap­tain Knowles said: “My­self and the team are gut­ted about this re­sult.

“I thought the fight back we put in dur­ing the sec­ond half was bril­liant ab­so­lutely bril­liant and we de­served a win to­day. We proved we are ca­pa­ble of play­ing some great at­tack­ing hockey.”

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