22nd October 2018
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Judane win twice to regain pole position in indoor hockey league

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Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson of Ness takes a free hit. Photo: Kevin Jones. Click image to enlarge.

Two good wins saw Judane move back to the top of the indoor hockey league, after defeating both Ness and Saracens. Lobbyless had an unlucky evening, losing to both Saracens and Ness.

Saracens 4, Lobbyless 2
The game shot into life straight away with Lobbyless having a goal disallowed for reasons unknown. The game was pacey and Saracens took the lead when Iain Devonald dribbled past two Lobbyless defenders and unleashed an unstoppable piledriver into the bottom corner.

Saracens doubled their lead when Marvin Inkster pounced on a rebound after good work by him. Lobbyless scored on the stroke of half time when Haydn Thomason pegged it down the left hand side and played a teasing ball across the box for James Aitken for the easiest of tap-ins.

Lobblyess then scored with five seconds off the kick off Haydn Thomson cross-com-shot was deflected by Saracens defender Josie Jamieson.

Saracens took it on the chin and instantly put pressure on the Lobbyless defensive line and scored when Craig Sneddon scored a simple tap in after good work from Marvin Inkster.

Saracens got their fourth when the goalkeeper saved a shot caught under his foot and he turned round and kicked the ball into his own goal.

The Lobbyless player of the match was James Aitken while the Saracens player of the match was Marvin Inkster.

Judane 4, Ness 2

Ness and Judane took part in a furious game and the scoring was opened by Connor Regan for Judane.

Ness’s Copland gave Ness the equaliser but Judane moved up a notch with Robert Smith scoring twice to put them 3-1 up at half time.

It was a rocky start to the second half with Naomi Johnson having to use her hook to prevent an attack from Judane’s Sakchai Makao and Robert Smith.

Jillian Copland pounced on a stray Judane pass to take Ness closer to Judane but unfortunately for Ness Connor Regan made sure of the victory with his second.

Judane 5, Saracens 3
Saracens took advantage of a tired-looking Judane and with good quick runs and passing Craig Sneddon and Iain Devonald were quick to score the first two goals.

Judane’s Connor Regan, Robert Smith and Sakchai Makao came back fighting and between them scored another two goals, leaving the game poised at 2-2 at half time.

Saracens kept the pressure on from the beginning of the second half and converted this into a goal from Marvin Inkster.

Determined not to be beaten, Makao slipped in a quick one with an assist from Regan. Jessica Bradley unfortunately had to retire from the Judane goal mouth but Regan stepped up to the mark and proved himself as a natural goalie. Smith then drove down the pitch to score against the experienced Saracens goalie.

In the final minutes Makao skilfully slotted the ball in the bottom corner to make the final score 5-3.
Players of the match were Iain Devonald for Saracens and Sakchai Makao for Judane.

Ness 5, Lobbyless 4

Ness dominated the first half with great link-up play from back to front, making full use of the space and players. An on-form Jillian Copland dictated the centre of the court with great space creating runs from Robert Turnbull and Maggie Kay Irvine. Ness went in at half time 3-0 up with goals from Copland and Irvine.

Lobbyless, after a long break from play on the night, started the second half a different team. Fired up and linking well together, Haydn Thomason and James Aitken found their form and kept Ness keeper Pearson on his toes, and at full stretch on more than one occasion.

Thomason and Aitken were quick to score two goals in succession, leaving Ness frustrated and bruised. Nonetheless determination, communication and focus found them scoring a fourth through Maggie Kay Irvine.

Aitken was quick to reply with a further two goals for his hat trick, bringing the game to 4-4 with only a few minutes remaining. It was however, the ever-reliable Jillian Copland who stepped up to score herself another hat trick to bring the score to 5-4 for Ness on the final whistle.

For fixtures and table see this week’s Shetland Times.

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