Ar­ran Ladies on cloud nine af­ter home win

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Ar­ran Ladies 9 MC Cly­des­dale Ladies 6s 1

Af­ter last week’s tor­ren­tial rain the sun­shine at Sun­day’s hockey match was a wel­come change for the ladies of Ar­ran Hockey Club who were play­ing Milne Craig Cly­des­dale Western Ladies 6s from Glas­gow.

Cly­des­dale won the toss and chose direc­tion of play, giv­ing Ar­ran the first pass back of the game. The ac­tion started right from the first whis­tle. Team cap­tain Anne Watts passed to mid­field player Jenny Stark, who flew quickly up the pitch with the ball, pass­ing to the wait­ing stick of Lor­raine ‘Hur­ri­cane’ Hew- ie. She de­flected it back to Anne to put it past the goal­keeper, hav­ing run into a per­fect scor­ing po­si­tion. This all hap­pened in the first minute of the game.

Cly­des­dale came back with de­ter­mi­na­tion to this quick at­tack and a pe­riod of turnover play fol­lowed for the next half hour. Both teams had strong de­fence play­ers who blocked chal­lenges at their goals. With sweeper Cat Galbraith feed­ing balls out to El­yse Aitken, Mia Walker, Han­nah McCart­ney, Kirstie Bar­ton and Dawn McKin­non on the de­fence and mid lines, it didn’t take long for new team player Hazel Malakoty, Becky Early and Susie Murchie, also in mid­field, to pass it on to for­wards He­len Thom­son, cap­tain Anne and left wing Lor­raine to make their pres­ence felt in the Cly­des­dale goal area.

How­ever, the con­tin­ued pres­sure from the visi­tors’ mid­field play­ers, with slick stick work and spir­ited sprint­ing, did cre­ate a suc­cess­ful break through the Ar­ran de­fence. Their for­wards then pressed into the Ar­ran goal and Cly­des­dale brought the score back to an even 1-1 with five min­utes left to play.

The Ar­ran Ladies weren’t hav­ing that, with cap­tain Anne send­ing men­tal tele­pathic mes­sages to Lor­raine on the left wing - along with some bog­g­ley eyes - she took a quick self-pass at the whis­tle and sprinted straight to­wards the Cly­des­dale goal, know­ing Lor­raine would un­der­stand what she was plan­ning to do. And jus­ti­fi­ably so, as Lor­raine was in the right place to col­lect Anne’s pass and put Ar­ran back up to 2 - 1. Not con­tent with one goal ahead, Anne planted the team’s third goal in the back of the net a cou­ple of min­utes later, com­plet­ing a prac­tised set piece from the only short cor­ner of the game.

It was nine min­utes into the sec­ond half, when a de­flec­tion off an ill-po­si­tioned de­fender’s stick re­sulted in an own goal which gave Ar­ran their fourth of the match. Five more goals were to fol­low, with ex­cel­lent ball skills, one-handed stick con­trol and drib­bling, draw­ing out the goal­keeper, switch pass­ing and deadly ac­cu­rate rocket shots ex­e­cuted by the Ar­ran mid­field­ers and for­wards.

Spe­cial men­tion has to go to young player Mia Walker, who re­ceived the ball in the D and drop­ping low, su­perbly demon­strated

how a re­verse stick sweep at goal should be done and was re­warded with one of the six goals of the sec­ond half. Her ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra- tion dance brought smiles to the faces of all the spec­ta­tors and play­ers of both teams. It was no sur­prise when she was also nom­i­nated dame of the game by the Cly­des­dale team.

The fi­nal score ended 9 - 1 to Ar­ran, as any time a chal­lenge from Cly­des­dale did break through the Ar­ran de­fence in this half of the game, Goal­keeper Ali ‘Ninja’ McKie had it cov­ered with her quick and ag­ile foot­work and swift stick and pads.

The end of match cheers were led by cap­tain Anne to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the ef­fort the young MCCW girls had made and Cly­des­dale were quick to re­spond in kind.

A spokes­woman for the club said: ‘Ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks also goes to Pauline Reid for con­tin­u­ing to give up her place on the team to um­pire the match and to the spec­ta­tors who came out to sup­port the team on the side­lines. Hear­ing cheers and en­cour­age­ment re­ally spurs the team on so thank you all again for com­ing.

‘Any­one who would like to be part of the club or team are wel­come to join us at Thurs­day night train­ing at the Or­mi­dale Astro­turf from 6.30pm to 8pm.

‘We are al­ways happy to wel­come more play­ers and team um­pires. Train­ing is open to both men and women and boys and girls over the age of 12.’

The Ar­ran Ladies are play­ing at home again, next Sun­day Novem­ber 5, against GHK 3s, with a 2.15pm push back time.

All sup­port­ers are very much ap­pre­ci­ated and warmly wel­come.

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Kirstie Bar­ton and Suzie Murchie work as a team to claim own­er­ship of the ball from op­po­si­tion play­ers.

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An op­po­si­tion player leaps into the air to avoid a side­wards pass from Lor­raine Hewie.

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Ar­ran’s El­yse Aitken suc­cess­fully works her way through the op­po­si­tion play­ers.

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Cly­des­dale goal­keeper blocks an at­tempt at goal by Ar­ran’s Lor­raine ‘Hur­ri­cane’ Hewie.

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