Ayr Hockey Tournament: Tough games for the men

7 09 2008

The annual Ayr Hockey tournament saw Dumfries Men’s Hockey Club travel to Cambusdoon on Saturday with a strong team of 11 players and were hopeful of a better finish than the previous year.

The first game saw Dumfries up against Sunderland.

Dumfries took the lead early when Eliot Waterhouse scored his first goal for the club.

Sunderland replied almost straight away after a nicely worked penalty corner saw the striker slot the ball into an empty goal.

Dumfries re-gained the lead after a driving run by Callander saw his cross deflected into the goal by Scott Robertson.

However, the lead was again short lived as Sunderland drew level.

Dumfries held on for the draw, only to see Sunderland steal a goal in the closing minutes to win.

The Sunday morning saw the arrival of a 12th man for Dumfries and a welcome rest for some of the other players.

The second group game for Dumfries was against Ayr 2s, in which Dumfries won 1-0 through Richard Hopkin, who scored from close range.

The final group match was against last year’s winners, Lytham St Anne’s 2s, on the grass pitch.

Dumfries took the lead early when Iain Rowan smashed the ball past the keeper, also getting his first goal for the club.

But Lytham replied immediately and pressed for a winner.

however, it was Dumfries who had the chance to win it, but Rowan saw his shot touched onto the post and cleared by the defender.

These results saw Dumfries finish third in their group and qualify for the Greave’s Shield semi-final.

The match was against Stirling Wanderers, who took a two-goal lead early in the game.

Soon afterwards Dumfries won a penalty corner, which Sandy Rennie controlled and fired past the keeper into the goal.

Both sides pressed for another and it was Dumfries who came closest after Iain Callander saw his shot cannon back off the post and fall right to Eliot Waterhouse only to see the ball hit his foot.

Some controversial umpiring decisions saw Dumfries denied some free hits and controversially giving away a couple of penalty corners, these were dealt with well by the Dumfries defence and cleared to safety.

A more successful tournament than last year saw the Dumfries side actually win a game and score some goals!

This Saturday sees both sides play in a warm-up game against each other at the KGV Park, Dumfries, at 2pm.

Anyone interested in playing hockey is invited to our training sessions on Tuesday night from 6-8pm.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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