Whalsay knocked Delting out of hockey’s Lizzie Polson Cup competition while in the Association Rosebowl league Juniors and Burra shared the points and Spurs and Zetland defeated Delting and Scalloway respectively.
Lizzie Polson Cup
Whalsay 3, Delting 0
Whalsay started off strong with good passing up the field. Delting defenders Nicola Blance and Debbie Robertson were on form, however, stopping most of Whalsay’s breaks into their circle.
A short corner won by Whalsay saw Fiona Dally strike the ball into the left hand corner. Due to an unfortunate injury, Delting were forced to play with only 10 players for the remaining time. Whalsay took advantage of this when a cross from Victoria Duthie saw Maggie Irvine at the back post make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half saw good play from Donna Murray and Lorraine Johnson up the pitch into Whalsay’s circle, threatening the goal. But Whalsay defenders Dianne Shearer, Sonya Shearer and Maree Simpson were fast out of the block, clearing the ball into Delting’s half.
The final goal was initiated by Angelina Jamieson who passed to Irvine and she struck the ball into the back of the goals.
Players of the match were Debbie Robertson for Delting and Fiona Dally for Whalsay.
Juniors 1, Burra 1
The Juniors meant business with high-tempo play right from the first whistle, despite being down to nine players.
Rowan Nicholson and Megan Hibbert worked well with smooth linked passes dominating the right wing and 15 minutes in their hard work was rewarded when a strong pass from Karis Irvine was well executed by Nicholson’s reverse stick.
Burra immediately turned up the heat and Katie Jeromson and Kirsty Halcrow looked threatening. However, stong play from Lynsey Morrison kept their attempts on goal at bay. Both teams fought furiously until the half-time whistle blew.
The second half saw mainly end-to-end play, both sides working tirelessly for a goal. Juniors were using the width fantastically with some great runs up both sides of the pitch but Burra’s Georgia Laurenson was clearing balls superbly.
A Burra cross met Kirsty Halcrow at the back post and she made the final score 1-1. Although both teams worked fantastically to break the deadlock, the score remained a draw at the end.
Megan Hibbert was player of the match for Juniors and Joyce Adamson stood out for Burra.
Delting 0, Spurs 4
Monday night’s game between Delting and Spurs was always going to be a hard-fought fixture with both teams determined to get something out of the game.
The teams looked to be quite evenly matched for the first 20 minutes. Both started well with some great linking play down the left-hand side from Delting’s youngsters and some charging runs through midfield from Spurs.
After about 25 minutes Emma Gray opened the scoring for Spurs with a well-struck shot from the edge of the circle. Capitalising on a moment of confusion in the Delting defence, she went on to score her second moments later to leave Spurs 2-0 up at half-time.
Delting came back with renewed vigour in the second half and were determined to make up the deficit. Some good runs from Nicola Blance and Donna Murray kept the Spurs midfield on their toes. However, Spurs continued to power up the park and kept the pressure on the Delting defence.
After a number of fabulous saves from Toni Sidgwick, Gray got her hat trick with a powerful reverse hit into the Delting goal. Delting had a few chances late on but some fine defending kept Spurs with a clean sheet.
In the closing minutes, a rather dubious goal from Morag Fox resulted in Spurs’ fourth of the game.
Players of the match were Gayle Johnson for Spurs and Nicola Blance for Delting.
Zetland 3, Scalloway 1
No report was received.