The Shetland women’s hockey team are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish District Cup for the third consecutive year, following a resounding win over Highland Ladies 2 at the weekend.
Scottish District Cup
Highland Ladies 0, Shetland 7
Shetland started the match with a bang and goals from Stacey Laurenson, Victoria Duthie, Kristan Robertson and Julie Kirkness gave them a 4-0 lead before Highland had ventured into the blues’ circle.
With 25 minutes gone Highland were awarded their first penalty corner and Jean Deaken (formerly Winchester and originally from Shetland) had an excellent strike which hit hard off the post.
Shetland pounced on the rebound and cleared but Highland got right back on the attack and the ever-athletic Toni Sidgwick in goal had to produce a full-stretch save to direct the ball round the post off the back line.
Shetland started the second half strongly and it wasn’t long until Duthie grabbed her second, following an initial strike by Laurenson.
Kirkness made it six with a clinical finish before Duthie completed her hat trick, sweeping a hit past the Highland keeper from the edge of the circle.
Joint coaches Jill Hibbert and Peter Sharp selected Duthie as their player of the match.
They said: “It was a passionate, determined performance from the Shetland team, displaying some excellent hockey.
“We are delighted to be progressing to the semi-final for our third year in a row. This continued high level achievement is a testament to the hard work being put in by the players to maintain and progress to a higher level.”
• For full report see The Shetland Times on Friday.