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Ladies' 1s beaten by Barnes in friendly

22 January 2022, 10:30, St. Edward's School

Ladies' 1s 1 - 3 Barnes Ladies 1s

Hawks hosted Barnes Ladies 1s at a rare game at Teddies. Into the last few friendlies before the second half of the season, Hawks were keen to make the most of the preparation. The first quarter saw Barnes test the Hawks' defence with patches of consistent pressure, but Hawks defence remained solid. This allowed Hawks to build attacks of their own, including winning a corner late in the quarter which they unable to convert. Overall the first quarter was an even battle with strong passing, attacking and defending by both teams. The score remained 0-0.

Coming out determined in the second quarter led to a period of play with possession changing hands frequently. A period of attacking play saw Hawks awarded a short corner, which they just missed executing at the post. Barnes came straight back, winning a short corner against the run of play. This was defended well by Hawks but they were unfortunately awarded another one which they executed well with a slip behind the back manoeuvre to score with a deflection at the post, ending the first half 1-0.

Barnes came out in the second half with an aggressive high press putting the defensive outlet under pressure. However the game remained close.

In the 3rd quarter Barnes pushed to a 2-0 lead with a well worked attack down the right with Hawks finding themselves out numbered. Hawks made it 2-1 with a great passage of passing hockey enabling the ball to be slotted home past the Barnes keeper. Despite increased pressure on the Barnes defense Hawks could not find the back of the net. Unfortunately, Barnes extended their lead close to the end when a quickly taken free hit outside the circle was delivered to the waiting Barnes player to beat the Hawks keeper. Some good hockey although the team went away in a reflective mood keen to build on key details to come back stronger in preparation for the last few friendlies before the league restarts.

 

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