Guildford Hockey Club Est. 1912

GU14 Prem in League Finals Day

 20th Mar 2016

20160320GU14Fire1200Guildford Fire faced Reading in the final league match of the season. That this was effectively a knock-out match caught the girls' imagination. Reading were second in the league with Guildford third. A win for Guildford would propel Guildford into the Home Counties Girls League finals day at the expense of Reading. Reading required a draw or a win to progress...

 

The pitch was empty before the match, which enabled Kirsty to get the girls used to the surface and warmed up correctly. The girls were expecting a tough game, the parents were not quite prepared for the 60minute endurance test about to unfold.

 

The first half started with both teams fully committed, it was quite a frantic start, Reading pushing a high line and utilising the width really well and Guildford looking really solid defensively. After 10 minutes the rhythm of the game appeared to settle, Reading pressing high up the pitch with Guildford looking to hit them quickly on the break. The deadlock was broken 15 minutes in. A Reading attack was repelled and the ball transitioned quickly to our forwards. Liv picked up the ball about 25yds out and drove into the D before unleashing a low drive into the corner. Guildford ended the first half 1-0 in the lead.

 

The second half was mainly played in the Guildford end, Reading threw everything at us. As the minutes ticked by the pressure built around the Guildford D. There are many days where keepers don't have a lot to do, for Ella games like these are what all the training is for. Ella was totally dominant and calm, kicking low and wide and giving the defence excellent communication. The last 10 minutes saw Reading camped around our D with just a few moments respite when we looked to break.  Reading came close to equalising in the last few minutes, hitting the post as both sides stood and willed the ball into/out of the goal depending which side your were on. The final whistle blew and Guildford celebrated a hard earned 1-nil victory to propel them into the finals day on 1st May. Another month of hockey, Yay !!!!!!

 

Every girl gave 100%, with great performances all over the pitch. It is hard to single out a player of the match when everyone played at their best level. But, you would be hard pressed to find any player/parent from either team who wouldn't acknowledge Ella kept Guildford in the game with an outstanding keeping display. Well played Ella....

 

Anthony Greenhalgh

 

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