Juniors warm up with victory
JUNIORS recorded a 3-0 victory at Scalloway in last week’s senior hockey matches, a great result in their final game before the inter-county match against Orkney. Delting beat Whalsay4-1 to remain in third place while Spurs and Scalloway’s final game of the Rosebowl ended with a convincing 7-0 win for Spurs. Whalsay won 1-0 against Burra, giving them the points they needed to head the league table.
Next Monday is the final of the Lizzie Polson knockout tournament with Delting and Spurs facingeach other for the title.
Juniors 3, Scalloway 0
End to end play continued throughout the first half with neither team looking like scoring.
The second half took a turn for the better with Juniors intent on scoring some goals in their last game before the big showdown against Orkney. Captain Kristen Jeromson did everything in her power to lift the team and it was her who put Juniors 1-0 ahead 12 minutes into the half.
The Juniors side started to relax and demonstrate the flowing, fast, accurate hockey they are capable of.
Constant roll-on, roll-off substitutions kept the legs fresh and the tempo high.
It was from an Ava Sim-Sarah Groat linking move that saw Zoe Irvine, in close support, lay the ball off to Emma Inkster. She in turn quickly released it for Inga Tulloch to calmly sweep in for 2-0.
Four minutes later Tulloch was there for her second of the night after a persistent run from Kristen Jeromson who crossed the ball along the end line.
Players of the match were Nicola Smith for Scalloway and Kristen Jeromson for Juniors.
Whalsay 1, Delting 4
Delting fielded a strong squad of players and it was no surprise when Lorraine Johnston knocked the ball home to open the scoring.
Delting could have increased the scoring after a well-worked move which saw Julie Kirkness shoot for goal, but Whalsay keeper Shona Simpson pulled off a fantastic initial save and followed up by saving the rebound strike before Lynne Johnston cleared the danger.
The keeper had absolutely no chance with Delting’s third, however, when Brenda Leask scored a deserved goal just before half time, just reward for a great work rate throughout the game.
In the second half of the game Whalsay finally began to wake up and apply pressure to the Delting defence, and were rewarded with a deserved goal following successive attacking moves. Linda Irvine intercepted a Tony Sidgwick clearance and dribbled past a Delting defender before striking a great ball goalwards, which went in off a Delting stick and flew past the keeper.
The goal lifted Whalsay and they managed to get a number of short corners in the final flourish of the game which they failed to capitalise on.
Whalsay’s best chance to score again came from a determined run up the wing by Maree Simpson who sent a hard fast ball into the circle, which was met first time by Claire Marshall who was incredibly unlucky to see the ball bounce back of the post.
It wasn’t Whalsay’s night, however, and the unstoppable Lorraine Johnston picked up the ball on the counter attack and showed superb stick control to round the Whalsay defence single handedly before slotting the ball past the keeper to end all chances of a comeback.
Spurs 7, Scalloway 0
Spurs started strongly with an early goal from Stacey Laurenson from a corner. Pressure from the Spurs strikers saw four more goals from Fiona Shearer, Gayle Henry and Emma Gray (2) all before half time.
The second half was slower with Scalloway having more chances at goal but unfortunately never making it past the Spurs defence.
Fiona Shearer, Morag Fox and Gwen Malcolmson all scored to make final score 7-0.
Players of the match were Stacey Laurenson for Spurs and Nicola Smith for Scalloway.
Burra 0, Whalsay 1
Burra had most of the play early on and then defended well to prevent Whalsay from scoring, the first half finishing scoreless.
The second half saw Whalsay gradually put the Burra defence under pressure. Burra had some good breaks but could not finish.
Nicola Duthie scored the winning goal for Whalsay late on in the second half. Burra fought back but eventually time ran out.
Players of the match were Kristan Robertson for Burra and Maggie Kay for Whalsay.
Monday – Lizzie Polson Knockout final: Delting v Spurs at 6.30pm (Kerri Moulder/Simon Skinner).
Thursday – Shearer Shield: Delting v Burra at 6.30pm (Scalloway rep/Vaila Hough); Spurs v Scalloway (at 7.50pm Burra Rep/Simon Skinner).
Shetland manager Morag Fox, with help from Janice Johnston and Kerri Moulder, has announced her pool for the annual inter-county against Orkney.
The squad is: Toni Sidgwick, Julie Kirkness, Jillian Copland, Brenda Leask, Yvonne Manson (Delting); Gail Donohue, Gayle Johnson, Stacey Laurenson (Spurs); Maggie Irvine (Whalsay); Kristan Robertson, Josie Jamieson (Burra); Rhiannon Inkster, Zoe Irvine, Kristen Jeromson, Ava Sim (Juniors); Sarah Grogan (Scalloway).