Today was our first ever hockey fixture against Merchiston and we took an A and a B team to play their A team. Merchiston are new to hockey and didn’t have a goalkeeper, so Albie played for them and this gave him a great opportunity to make some saves against our strong forward line.
The first match was our A team against Merchiston. We passed the ball around nicely and scored a few goals. Albie made some terrific saves but our players were on hand for the rebounds. James played particularly well on the right wing.
In the second match, our A team played our B team. Cody dropped back to act as a kicking back and we reshuffled everyone slightly and it turned out to be a very even game with the A team coming out on top as 2-0 winners. Matthew opened the scoring for the A team by taking up a great position at the back post and slotting home from Glen’s cross. The second goal for the A team was a bit more direct but credit to Murray and Ollie in the B team, who worked really hard in both attack and defence.
The third game of the afternoon was our B team against Merchiston. Again Albie made a huge contribution for Merchiston and it took some great skill from Murray to lift the ball over him for us to make the break-through. Charles, with his back to goal, passed the ball into the corner using his reverse to make it 2-0. Just before the break, Merchiston scored two very good breakaway goals to make it all square at half time. Immediately into the second half, Ollie dribbled very well through their players and slotted the ball passed Albie. Charles then scored a cracking second and the team’s 3rd with a volley. We scored another good goal after some great work from Charles on the right wing but Merchiston battled back to narrow the gap. We came out 5-3 winners in the end but Merchiston were improving with every minute.
Well done to all the players today and it was great to see the boys playing some passing hockey. Albie was player of the day for stepping up to help out Merchiston but also for making some great saves. Thank you to Merchiston for having us on their new astroturf; it is great to see another school on our circuit playing this brilliant sport. We look forward to welcoming Merchiston to our new pitch next time!