Lead­ers seen off as Ladies cause up­set

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

ROCHDALE an­tic­i­pated Sun­day’s game would be dif­fi­cult as they took on top of the league, Stock­port Brah­mall 3s, in round one of the all di­vi­sion cup.

With Gemma Hod­croft (mid­dle), Gil­lian Owen (de­fence) and Sa­man­tha Part­ing­ton (keeper) un­able to make the game, Rochdale had to work even harder. How­ever; they wel­comed back de­fen­sive leg­ends, Katie Bram­mer and Kie Leech.

Whilst some as­pects of the game could be de­scribed as chal­leng­ing, as a whole Rochdale stepped up to per­form bril­liantly with the whole team shin­ing bright.

The first half started with Rochdale show­cas­ing some bril­liant high tempo hockey de­spite the cool tem­per­a­tures.

The first goal came shortly be­fore the first half fin­ished with short, sharp passes from de­fence – made up of Nicky Mong­han, Dionne Collinson, Becky Moon and Leech – through the mid­dle to meet Paula Mac­Don­ald and Roisin Pick­er­ing be­fore it trav­elled to Jenny Banks (up front) who passed to Katie Bur­rell who skil­fully sent it home.

The op­po­si­tion launched a few at­tacks how­ever; failed to pen­e­trate the strong de­fen­sive line up in the first half.

Rochdale main­tained a high level of hockey through­out the sec­ond half, whilst fa­tigue set in, the en­ergy to win was enough to keep the play­ers push­ing on to se­cure the win they so des­per­ately wanted.

The sec­ond goal was scored by Becca Smith who clev­erly sat on the back post an­tic­i­pat­ing the cross be­fore sweep­ing it passed the keeper. With two goals and a clean sheet Rochdale were spurred on to keep the spirit high.

They had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to score as Katie Bur­rell, Pick­er­ing and Banks worked hard at­tack­ing the de­fen­sive op­po­si­tion how­ever; it wasn’t not meant to be and Stock­port launched a counter at­tack.

Within mo­ments they took a shot on goal, af­ter clear­ing the ball to their up­front play­ers and the score was 2-1.

This did not deter the Rochdale play­ers who in­stead stood strong, main­tained com­po­sure and fin­ished the game as well de­served win­ners.

The game was a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved, with Rochdale com­fort­ably win­ning the match against the top of the league.

This will be great for their con­fi­dence and it is fan­tas­tic to see all play­ers im­prove each game, es­pe­cially there highly re­garded ju­niors.

●●Kie Leech in ac­tion for Rochdale Ladies

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