It was always going to a tough match against the young fit university side. The first 10 minutes saw the Hawks team under immense pressure from the uni side but our defence held strong and slowly and surely we fought back and started playing more and more in the uni half of the pitch. The quality of hockey picked up but the goals weren't coming. Hawks were failing to make many penetrations into the D and the Uni were thwarted by our strong defense and an under-the-weather but very much on form Evelyn Hargraves in goal. Half-time came and the score remained 0-0. It was time for Hawks to pull their socks up....
The start of the second half saw better connections from Hawks more pressure in the Uni 23 and Hawks were rewarded with a number of short corners. The ball came out and was stopped open stick by Catherine Taylor who got off a shot that was well saved by the Uni keeper. Rebecca Black cooly and calmly pounced on the rebounding ball and slotted it home to put Hawks in the lead!!!!
Hawks continued to play well until the last 10 minutes where the uni increased their pressure and were rewarded with an equaliser with 7 minutes to go.
Hawks, understanding how much the win meant to their league position, suddenly upped the pace and played with such determination the ball barely left the Uni half. Finally 5 seconds before the final whistle, under sustained pressure, the Uni keeper was forced to deliberately kick the ball off the back line. The short was given; the final whistle went.
The injected ball came out straight, was stopped and cooly moved by Vicky Easton to Caz Batten on the right slip. Caz drove in and got a shot off that rebounded off the keepers pads. With amazing composure Emma Milne swiftly took control and with cooly popped the ball in the goal. The crowd went wild but not as wild as the players who were ecstatic to steal the win right at the end.
The 3 points put the 4s in a strong position in the table and when their closest rivals stumbled in their matches later that day it meant that with 2 matches to go Hawks are 8 points behind 1st and 8 points ahead of 3rd. The 2nd place finish is guaranteed.......now we just need to keep our fingers crossed for the promotion.....
Congratuations to Megan Hope for her well deserved MOM award.