Hockey: Dumfries win over Giffnock

26 03 2010

Dumfries men were keen to get their good form going again after some late call-off’s saw them concede their game last week to Helensburgh and subsequently take a 5-0 loss.

However they were not to let that get to them as no defeats in the last five games had seen Dumfries climb the league table three places into sixth.

Dumfries started the game brightly and it was clear to see that the new training schedule was paying dividends as they knocked the ball confidently round the pitch.

The clear improvement was with the Dumfries free hits, the home side were not afraid to play the ball back to the defenders to try and create a better opportunity to get into a good goal scoring opportunity.

The best of the early chances fell to Dumfries but some outstanding saves from the Giffnock goal-keeper kept the Dumfries attackers at bay. Clark, Callander, Rennie and Martin all found themselves thwarted by the good form of the away keeper.

The first penalty corner of the game was awarded to Dumfries after the ball was played onto the defenders foot inside the Giffnock area. The ball was dragged out to the top of the area where Callander controlled but Clark’s strike was knocked off the line by the defender.

Giffnock’s best chance of the half also came from a penalty corner. The ball was played out to the top of the area, the striker put a slight lift on his shot which evaded Moscrop in the Dumfries goal but it was Callander who stopped the ball on the line and cleared the ball onto the foot of an attacker resulting in a free hit to Dumfries.

Dumfries looked to break straight away as the free hit was played out to Ross on the left wing, he drove forward but was tackled by his opposite number who played the ball out of the side of the pitch. Another quick free hit, this time taken by Ross, saw Callander break through to drive between the two central defenders and smash a low drive into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Dumfries pressed looking to get another goal but could not find another way past the goal keeper in the Giffnock goal.

The second half started as the first had ended with most of the pressure coming from the home side. Dumfries changed their penalty corner routing for their second of the game as this time the ball was dragged out to Rennie who saw his shot cannon back off the near post.

Dumfries did double their lead mid way through the second half and it was the first goal for their newest player Darabi from close range. A driving run from Callander saw him knock the ball square to striker Clark whose shot was blocked by the diving Hillhead keeper. As the keeper made the save, a squeak from his pads caused the Hillhead defence to stop playing, thinking that the umpire had blown for an infringement leaving Darabi to back-stick the ball into the open goal from one yard.

The best chances of the second half for Giffnock also came from penalty corners but they could not find a way past the defending line.

Dumfries held on to their clean sheet much to the delight of the whole team as leaking goals has been the problem this season.

The man of the match was awarded to Dumfries goal keeper Stuart Moscrop. Some fine saves at crucial times of the game kept the away side out and the clean sheet intact for Dumfries.

Dumfries make the away trip to Hillhead V’s in what is a game of great importance to the Hillhead side, defeat would mean almost certain relegation. The Dumfries side will be keen to keep their good form going and continue their progress up the table. Selected players are asked to meet at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm, at 11:15am.

Dumfries team: S Moscrop, S Boulton, J Bennett, J McCoskry (capt), A Ross, I Callander, S Rennie, J Campbell, K Martin, J Clark, A Darabi

Dumfries Ladies hockey results from the weekend were:

Saturday 20/3/10: East Kilbride 5 – 0 Dumfries; Dumfries IIs 0 – 6 Glasgow Caledonian University.

Sunday 21/3/10: Dumfries 0 – 1 Glasgow Western; Broomhill 3 – 0 Dumfries IIs.

Both Dumfries men and ladies clubs are currently looking for new players. Anyone interested in playing is invited to our 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 from: hockey@dumfriessportsclub.co.uk

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