Delting hockey girls clinch Shearer Shield
Delting won senior hockey’s Shearer Shield competition with a 1-0 win over close rivals Whalsay while the other matches played saw wins for Zetland and Burra. In the Grutness Trophy league Delting and Spurs drew 1-1 while Scalloway edged out Zetland.
Zetland 3, Scalloway 2
Scalloway took the first pass back and pushed forward, looking to seal a quick goal but Lisa Johnson had Zetland’s defence well organised.
Scalloway were awarded a short corner and were unlucky not to score through Vicki Henderson and Kate Sharp.
After end-to-end play Zetland were awarded a short corner and some great tactics from Shona Keith opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.
In the second half Scalloway were keen to equalise and were awarded a short corner in the second minute after a great save by Zetland keeper Debie Kane. Sarah Groat pounced on the rebound and slotted a goal past Ailsa Sinclair while Kane was off her line.
Zetland quickly rallied and were unfortunate not to score through Stacey Gardiner but the ever-ready Keith was there to push the rebound passed the Scalloway goalie.
Scalloway kept their heads up and Sarah Groat made a great run past Suzanne Manson and Wilma Sim and put her second away for Scalloway.
With Zetland taking the last pass back of the game, a great pass from Indya Bradley saw Keith on the ball again and after some great running she scored her hat trick in the dying minutes.
Players or the match for Zetland was Shona Keith and for Scalloway was Sarah Groat.
Burra 6, Scalloway 1
Burra were quick to apply pressure to the Scalloway defence who were strong and managed to deter Burra from scoring until the 26th minute when Josie Jamieson had a great reverse stick strike from the edge of the circle.
Play settled a bit after this and Scalloway had a break which gave them their only goal of the match from Angie Milne.
Burra broke straight back from the pass back and scored a minute later through Katie Jeromson with a close shot on goal.
The second half saw Burra settling in well to the game and keeping Scalloway on their toes throughout. Josie Jamieson made a lot of good runs up the park and was unlucky not to capitalise, with good defending from Scalloway.
Ann Marie Robertson made great clearances for Scalloway who managed to break through a few times but Burra’s defence were determined to keep their lead and Scalloway out of their goals.
Jamieson managed another great goal after 18 minutes, and Stacey Laurenson followed suit a minute later with a whip cracker from the edge of the circle.
Burra were awarded short corners and got their last two goals through these from Kristan Robertson and Bethany Laurenson’s first goal for Burra, a superb strike into the corner.
Players of the match were Vicki Henderson for Burra and Angie Milne for Scalloway.
Delting 1, Whalsay 0
Nine minutes into the first half Delting went ahead with a great goal from Jill Hibbert. She received the ball on the edge of the circle and wrong-footed Shona Moncrieff, the Whalsay goalkeeper, to slot the ball in the bottom corner.
Whalsay then started to rally and some great runs by Maree Simpson and Victoria Duffy kept the pressure on the Delting defence. But solid defending by Jillian Copland and Rhiannon Inkster kept Delting in the lead. Whalsay pressed forward and made Toni Sidgwick carry out some crucial saves for Delting.
Delting kept trying to break through into the Whalsay circle with Julie Kirkness, Kerry Burgess and Michelle Staark playing some lovely linking passes but they were unable to convert these chances into a goal.
Delting’s determination and team spirit allowed them to keep the score at 1-0 to secure the win and the title. Players of the match were Victoria Duthie for Whalsay with her speed and constant pressure and Toni Sidgwick for Delting with some spectacular goal keeping.
Spurs 1, Delting 1
Both teams were eager to secure maximum points with Spurs looking to overturn last week’s narrow defeat by Delting.
Delting applied early pressure but Spurs defenders Irene Gray, Ava Sim and Susan Morrison ably dealt with the advances.
The deadlock came after nine minutes. A good period of play from Delting saw a through ball from Jill Hibbert to Julie Kirkness. Spurs keeper Elaine Smith saved the initial strike but the ball fell into the path of the prowling Michelle Stark, who slotted home with ease.
Spurs upped their game, continuing to press hard, regaining possession and strength. Looking to not concede further goals, Spurs attacked more in the Delting half. Rona Simpson spread the ball well from midfield, which saw Mo Fox and Gayle Johnson work their magic on the right wing and that resulted in them finding their target players Sarah Grogan, Fiona Shearer and Kristen Jeromson.
Spurs continued to apply pressure, and panicked the Delting defence of Nicola Blance, Ellie Burt and Rhiannon Inkster. Sarah Grogan drove at the Delting back three, and Spurs were to be awarded their first run of short corners. Delting broke down the initial attack but a well-timed effort by Simpson saw her coolly flick the ball passed Toni Sidgwick in goal.
Simpson continued her pressure on Brenda Leask in the battle of the midfield, both showing dogged determination at times. Spurs continued to penetrate the Delting defence, but were unlucky not to capitalise.
The second half saw Spurs eager for another goal. Jeromson and Shearer again linked well on the left, connecting with Grogan and Karen MacKay up front. Jeromson slapped in some slick passes, but the awaiting Fox was unlucky to see her shot go wide.
Play continued to be end to end with both Sidgwick and Smith being called upon to make crucial saves.
A draw was probably a fair result with the players of the match Nicola Blance for Delting and Rona Simpson for Spurs.
Scalloway 1, Zetland 0
No report was received but the scorer was Angie Milne. Players of the match were Christine Georgeson for Scalloway and Lisa Johnston for Zetland.