Moss Park hit for four by Ladies

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS FAITH NEWS -

ROCHDALE Ladies were hop­ing to con­tinue with their great form this week­end when they took on 2nd place Moss Park.

Straight from the first whis­tle Rochdale went on the at­tack. You could tell they were hun­gry for an­other win.

Roisin Pick­er­ing, Paula McDon­ald, Gemma Hod­croft and Molly Barker were work­ing tire­lessly to get the ball up into the D which even­tu­ally paid off as a short cor­ner was awarded.

A pin point pass to the top of the D saw Pick­er­ing pick up the ball. It was passed about and then Katie Bur­rell very clev­erly took a shot which left the Moss Park de­fence in no mans land. 1-0 to Rochdale.

Moss Park picked up their pace af­ter go­ing 1-0 down and they showed some ex­cel­lent at­tack­ing pass­ing but Rochdale’s de­fence stood strong. Even af­ter run­ning a 10k in the morn­ing Sam Part­ing­ton was de­ter­mined to keep a clean sheet in goal!!

At half time Rochdale made a few po­si­tional changes and on came ‘part time’ striker Jenny Banks and new player Becka Smith.

Fresh legs proved too much for Moss Park and their de­fence be­gan to strug­gle to keep up. Pick­er­ing picked the ball up on the right wing af­ter a clever pass by Dionne Collinson. She made a run down the wing and ex­pertly passed it to Banks who was wait­ing in the D. Banks took one touch and then smashed it across the keep­ers path and into the back off the net. 2-0.

This gave Rochdale more con­fi­dence and they be­gan to play some bril­liant hockey. Nikki Mon­gan led the de­fen­sive line and con­fi­dently spread the play from the back up to the for­ward play­ers.

It wasn’t long be­fore Banks had bagged her 2nd of the game. Hod­croft had passed to Bur­rell who man­aged to poke the ball to the on rush­ing Banks. Banks’s shot slid un­der the feet of the keeper and snook in. 3-0.

Rochdale were fly­ing now and noth­ing was go­ing to stop them. Con­fi­dent de­fend­ing fol­lowed by fan­tas­tic at­tack­ing play saw Moss Park run­ning out of ideas.

Ten min­utes from the end McDon­ald picked up the ball in the mid­dle and passed to Banks who was forced onto her re­verse stick. Banks some­how man­aged to poke the ball through to Pick­er­ing who was stood un­marked at the back post for 4-0.

Rochdale were now back to play­ing the high stan­dard hockey they were ca­pa­ble of. Even the new play­ers and the ju­niors were mak­ing their mark and this was prov­ing very pos­i­tive.

Roisin Pick­er­ing closes down a Moss Park op­po­nent dur­ing the week­end’s match

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