Shrewsbury School

County U18 Hockey Tournament

Friday 10 October 2014

After their strong performances in last week’s Wrekin 7s Tournament, our 1st XI hockey team were keen to get the upper hand in what promised to be a closely-fought contest on Wednesday.

We were first on against the hosts Moreton Hall. Having drawn 0-0 against them last week, we knew we were in for a close match. Moreton started the better of the two sides, with the majority of attacking play in the first few minutes. However, some solid defence from our back line meant that we were able to hold the score-line whilst we woke up and began to play our own game. Once we switched on we had numerous chances, with play toing and froing between both Ds. Moreton finally managed to gain a short corner, which at first Edie fiercely closed down. However, after conceding another, we unfortunately went 1-0 down just before the final whistle. 

After a brief break, which we spent trying to keep warm and dry in what can only be described as monsoon weather, we were back on to face our toughest opponents of the day, Ellesmere College. This time we started well and broke first, with some excellent transition play from Jess Moeran who had stepped into the central mid role for the day. Despite having the majority of attacking play and possession, we failed to convert our chances and with 20 seconds to go Ellesmere managed to squeeze a goal, to take the match 1-0.

Up next were Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. We have had a good season against them so far, and we were keen to continue in such good form. Slightly disheartened from our match against Ellesmere, the girls showed tremendous fight and determination to display just how well they could play. With some fantastic attacking cohesion, Amy Mobley, Molly Beherall and Maddie Phillips managed to put some points on the board, with Amy scoring 1 and our new addition Maddie sneaking 3 into the back of the net to win the match 4-0.

Our final game of the day was against Wrekin College. With both sides fighting for a place through to the Regionals, everyone coped with the pressure very well – in particular our keeper, Emily Skelton, who played an absolute stormer all day. The game ended 0-0, with both teams happy not to concede and hold a positive goal difference.

Although we did not progress through to the Regionals, the team put out another fantastic set of performances and can be very proud of themselves.
Katie Collins

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