Hockey: Full team secures victory

13 11 2009

Dumfries lined up for their fifth game of the season with a full team for only the second time.

Captain John McCoskry and his team were buoyant after their first victory of the season against Kelburn 5s two weeks before and were looking to get another result against Ayr 2s who had started the season well and were fourth in the league.

Both teams looked to stamp their authority on the game early as the game ebbed and flowed from one end to the other, the better of the play coming from Ayr’s midfield.

The visitors’ midfield knocked the ball round Callander and Ross in middle of the park and created the better of the chances early in the game.

The Dumfries back line of Bennett, McCoskry and Smith kept the Ayr attack at bay with Moscrop not having a notable save to make in the opening exchanges.

Dumfries struggled to get the ball out of their own half and the pressure showed when Ayr won their first penalty corner of the game.

The home side’s work on defending these set plays seemed to have paid off as the shot on goal went high and wide of the goal.

Dumfries did create one excellent chance mid way through the half when a long ball was picked up by Chambers who drove towards goal but some excellent play by the Ayr keeper saw the Dumfries player foiled.

As the half progressed, Dumfries were still struggling to get up the pitch and it seemed that the only way a goal would come would be on the counter attack.

After 20 minutes that was exactly what happened after a ball played into Clark was knocked on and Callander found himself through on the last defender.

An injection of pace and some neat skill saw him round the defender and with only the keeper to beat he slipped the ball square to Ben Chambers, who had taken up the perfect position, to stroke the ball into the open goal and give Dumfries the lead.

Dumfries sat back and soaked up the pressure for the remainder of the half, giving away two more penalty corners which were dealt with well by Dumfries keeper Moscrop and the four defenders. Dumfries held on until the half time break with a slender lead.

The second half started the same way that the first had ended with Dumfries finding themselves pinned back in their own half.

However, Ayr could not find a way through the Dumfries defence who had played well throughout the game.

The home side doubled their lead when Callander pounced on a loose pass and played a cross field pass to Bryant who drove towards the Ayr area.

His driven pass found centre forward Jimmy Clark who swept the ball hard and into the bottom corner of the Ayr goal.

Dumfries looked to extend their lead and made the pressure count when they won a penalty corner of their own. The ball was dragged out to Callander who controlled well but his shot was well blocked by the on-rushing Ayr defender.

Ayr found themselves with a golden opportunity to get a goal back when a square pass found the Ayr centre forward free at the back post but his shot went narrowly wide.

With seconds of the game to go the home side game away yet another penalty corner.

The full time whistle sounded before the penalty was taken meaning this would be the last play of the game. The ball was dragged to the top of the Dumfries area, the striker slipped the ball to a team mate who shot at goal.

The ball was lifted slightly and Dumfries defender McCoskry could not get enough on the ball to keep it out of the goal and Dumfries had given away the clean sheet much to the despair of the back line.

Extremely disappointed at giving away the late goal, Dumfries were, however, delighted to get another three points on the board which should see them climb off the bottom of the table.

A clash next week with Hillhead 4s in Glasgow will prove a tough test for the Dumfries side that look to continue in their climb up the table.

Dumfries team: S Moscrop, J McCoskry, J Bennett, A Smith, A Bryant, A Ross, I Callander, M Redman, M McKenna, J Clark, B Chambers. Subs: I Rowan.

The club are currently looking for new players to come and try the game, players of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Anyone interested in playing is invited to training sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm at the King George V Park, Glasgow Road Dumfries. Information can also be sought via e-mail: hockey@dumfriessportsclub.co.uk

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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