The sides chasing Spurs in senior hockey’s Association Rosebowl league, Burra, Delting, Whalsay and Juniors, all picked up victories last week.
Burra 3, Scalloway 1
Burra won the first pass back and immediately put Scalloway’s neat 11 players under pressure, with Josie Jamieson and Stacey Laurenson linking well down the left wing. However, Scalloway defenders Debbie Sneddon and Lauren Anderson denied any attacks.
Lynne Scollay and Mhairi Moncrieff worked well together on the counter attack, pressurising the Burra defence, only to be denied by Burra’s young debutante keeper Rebekah Laurenson.
The teams were locked at 0-0 until Sarah Young managed to sneak a shot past the Scalloway defence two minutes before the end of the first half.
Burra started the second half hungry for more goals, with Stacey Laurenson quick to put her name on the score sheet.
The Scalloway heads did not go down and an excellent run from Emily Tait resulted in a short corner for Scalloway, with Naomi Johnson unlucky not to score. Scalloway continued the pressure and were soon rewarded with a well-deserved goal from Kate Moncrieff.
Burra’s Josie Jamieson was quick on the counter attack and scored with a lovely strike from the edge of the D to make the score 3-1.
Scalloway continued to push for another goal, but a controversial sin-binning saw them reduced to 10 players, and were forced to play a defensive game as Burra took full advantage of their extra player.
Players of the match were Christine Georgeson in goals for Scalloway and Burra’s Josie Jamieson for her energetic play on the left wing.
Delting 5, Zetland 2
Some fast linking play from Zetland put Delting on the back foot with Shona Keith taking advantage and scoring within three minutes.
Delting picked up their game with Debbie Robertson and Lorriane Johnson working well together down the right wing and linking in with Jillian Copland. She spread the play and freed up Julie Kirkness who equalised.
The game continued to a high standard with both teams making breaks. Zetland used their speed through the Keith sisters, Zoe Irvine and Maisie Unsworth and were unlucky not to score on a few occasions, only thwarted by the Delting defence of Lauren, Nicola and Debbie and great saves by Toni Sidgwick.
The deadlock was broken with Zoe Irvine using some great skill to take the ball up the park and take a shot at the top of the circle, defecting off a Delting stick sent the strike out with Toni’s reach. Delting held their heads and worked the ball up through the park and broke through into the Zetland circle.
The Zetland defence made some well-timed tackles and Lisa Johnston cleared from her sweep position well. However, Delting maintained the pressure and were rewarded with a back post goal from Meggan Hibbert.
The second half began with both teams determined to get the win and the end-to-end play continued. Delting were awarded a short corner and a fast ball out to Julie Kirkess at the top of the D saw her get her hat trick.
Delting kept up the momentum and Rowan Nicolson laid a neat pass though to Lorraine Johnson who sneaked it past the Zetland goalie.
Player of the match for Zetland was Lisa Johnston for her clearances at the back while for Delting Jillian Copland stood out for her control of the midfield.
Whalsay 7, Scalloway 1
Whalsay won the pass back and were soon on the attack making full use of the space available as Scalloway were only able to field nine players.
Scalloway worked tirelessly throughout the first half with great linking play in midfield from Lynne Scollay, Naomi Johnson, Mhari and Kate Moncrieff through to Sandra Petrie up front but Whalsay’s defence kept them at bay.
Whalsay were soon putting pressure on Scalloway’s defence with some great play from Maggie Kay Irvine, Victoria Duthie and Natalie Polson. Both teams produced some great play and the first half ended 0-0.
Scalloway started the second half with sheer determination but Whalsay opened the scoring with a goal from Victoria Duthie. Natalie Polson scored a second goal three minutes later.
Victoria Duthie found the back of the net with a third goal followed by a fourth from Natalie Polson a minute later.
Whalsay’s Deborah Mowat came on up front and was soon putting pressure on Lauren Anderson, Sarah Groat and Anne-Marie Robinson in defence who worked tirelessly to keep them out. Scalloway were now beginning to feel the pressure and it was not long before Mowat got the fifth goal again followed by a sixth from Nicola Duthie and two minutes later saw Victoria Duthie got her hat trick of the game.
Scalloway were soon on the attack with some great play through midfield which soon saw them with a couple of penalty corners but were so unlucky not to score. In the 25th minute, however, Sandra Petrie received a lovely ball into the Whalsay circle and her cross found the back of the net to give Scalloway their first goal.
Players of the match were Naomi Johnson for Scalloway and Natalie Poleson for Whalsay.
Juniors 1, Zetland 0
The Zetland midfield of Shona Keith and Indyia Bradley made some great passes to the forwards, which put pressure on the Juniors defence. Lara Kay and Debbie Robertson proved strong, however, and cleared away any danger.
Zoe Irvine of Juniors captained her team well, providing encouraging vocal support and great passes out wide. Fast runs from Megan Jamieson and Bethany Laurenson put pressure on the Zetland defence. Dawn Anderson of Zetland made some great tackles preventing juniors to score.
Juniors were now beginning to apply more pressure and a well-timed pass into the circle resulted in Debi Kane having to come off her line. Amy Harper was well placed to slot the ball past the keeper.
Zetland were keen to level in the second half, making use of their wide players. They were given a short corner but were unable to convert. Karis Irvine worked tirelessly upfront for Juniors and was unfortunate not to score on a few occasions.
It was the Juniors’ last game before the inter-county and a spokesman said everyone wished them all the best for their encounter with Orkney.
Players of the match were Indyia Bradley for Zetland and Lara Kay for Juniors
For fixtures and tables see this week’s Shetland Times.