Dumfries hit Ayr for six

14 11 2008

After a three-week break, Dumfries were looking to continue the form that had seen them win their last two matches in the league and climb the table into fifth place.

It would be a tough test for the Dumfries side against an Ayr team that had not lost a game for one-and-a-half years and was currently sitting in third place in the table.

Dumfries took the lead after only five minutes.

The first attack broke down for Dumfries but and interception and a neat through-ball saw John Bennett lay the ball off to Eliot Waterhouse who scored a sublime goal with his back stick which looped over the keeper and into the net.

A second goal followed in the 10th minute when Jimmy Clark played a nice pass to Toby Austin who slammed the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

Dumfries continued the pressure and goals three and four followed in the next 10 minutes.

Waterhouse doubled his tally in the game when he smashed the ball past the keeper again.

Clark then got himself on the score sheet when a shot from the top of the Ayr area was saved by the keeper and the cat-like reactions on the Dumfries forward saw him react quickest and flick the ball into the goal, picking up a slight injury in the process.

The best chance for Ayr came from a penalty corner, which was well flicked on towards the top corner.

Moscrop was beaten but a brave stop on the line from defender Ross Wilson saw him stop it from entering the goal and was cleared to safety.

The second half started as the first had ended with both teams playing some nice hockey but it was the team from Dumfries that was to score again.

Austin found himself just in front of the Ayr goal as the ball was passed into him and he swept it past the keeper to give Dumfries a comfortable lead.

Dumfries had more chances to score from penalty corners, Clark saw his effort deflected wide and Iain Callander also saw his shot go wide.

The final goal for Dumfries was scored again by striker Clark, his shot from just inside the area flew past the keeper to round off the scoring .

Ayr did have a really good chance to pull one back in the dying seconds of the game but Moscrop was not willing to give up a second clean sheet in a row.

A neat through ball saw the Ayr winger burst clean through and in a one-on-one situation Moscrop pulled off a superb stop and kept the clean sheet intact.

A superb team effort from Dumfries saw them win comfortably against tough opposition and could see them climb into second place in the league with two games in hand against most other sides.

The man of the match was awarded to Eliot Waterhouse who scored his first league goal for Dumfries and then followed it up with a second soon after.

He also had assists for two of the other goals for Dumfries.

The next match for Dumfries is away to Hillhead 4s who have had a mixed start to the season.

Selected players are asked to meet at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm on Saturday at 11.30.

Anyone interested in playing hockey is invited to the King George V Park, Dumfries on a Tuesday from 6pm-8pm.

Team: S Moscrop, R Wilson, J McCoskry, G Edgar, I Callander (C), J Bennett, S Robertson, A Ross, J Clark, T Austin, E Waterhouse. Subs: B Chambers, J Busby.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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