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M1's Guts Out for a Point In Cardiff

17 February 2019, 12:30

Men's 1s 2 - 2 Cardiff & Met Men's 1s

The M1's travelled to Cardiff on Sunday for a challenging fixture having played the previous day whilst their opponents had enjoyed a day off.  The game started briskly and it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a very competitive match.  Cardiff opened the scoring on sixteen minutes from a penalty corner when, despite a fine double save by Chris Price in the Hawks goal, the ball was eventually forced home when Hawks could not clear the ball from the circle. Andy Watts levelled the scores four minutes later when he brought down an attempted aerial clearance by a Cardiff defender, played a neat one-two with Freddie Foster and calmly slotted home under the keeper.  Better was to follow two minutes before half time when, following excellent stick work from Ed 'Hands' Ellis at left half, the ball arrived with Harry Golding on the dead ball line.  His cross was met with a full stretch dive by Watts at the far post to give Hawks a 2-1 half time lead.  The second half turned out to be a frenetic affair and Hawks lost some discipline as first Harry Golding was given a five minute temporary suspension closely followed by the same punishment for Daniel Rayney.  With green cards also being flourished by the umpires, at one point Hawks were reduced to nine men.  With legs clearly starting to tire, Hawks found it increasingly difficult to retain the ball upfield and give their defence any respite as the Cardiff attacks became relentless.  To Hawks credit, they remained resolute thanks particularly to Price who made a string of fine saves to deny the hosts.  But eventually the barricades gave way and Cardiff equalised with twelve minutes remaining.  There was still time for one or the other side to win the game, but neither could despite a penalty corner at either end.  With the pressure they came under throughout the second half, this was very much one point gained rather than two lost and the M1's now lie fourth in the league table just four points off the leaders.


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