Hockey v Cheltenham College 2018

Hockey v Cheltenham College 2018

1st XI 
Match result: 4-3 (loss) 
Goal scorers: Tonia Worrallo x 2, Andrea Artigas
Player of the match: Tonia Worrallo 
 
This was a fantastic match from start to finish with both teams creating goal scoring opportunities. 
 
Cheltenham scored the first goal of the match, but a great goal from Tonia Worrallo got Malvern back into the match. However on the stroke of halftime Cheltenham converted again to retain the lead (2-1). 
 
The second half was exciting end to end play with Cheltenham scoring again to extend their lead before Tonia Worrallo scored her second. Sloppy defending allowed Cheltenham their fourth goal, but again Malvern came back scoring a reverse stick strike from Andrea Agut Artigas. 
 
The final score ended in a 4-3 loss, which was a pity, but a wonderful game between two good sides.
 
2nd XI 
Match result: 4-1 (win)
Goal scorers: Sassy Anderson, Amber Anderson, Annie Slator and Antonia Kuhr
Players of the match: Lexie Clarke and Antonia Kuhr
 
The 2nd XI travelled to Cheltenham College to start the second half of the term determined to continue their perfect start to this year's hockey season.  
 
The girls put in a high-quality performance and dismantled a previously unbeaten Cheltenham side. In the opening ten minutes, Malvern continually pressed Cheltenham so that they did not leave their half at all. When Malvern turned the ball over they moved it around nicely and created some good chances. Malvern deservedly took the lead through Sassy Anderson as she beat a couple of Cheltenham defenders before calmly finishing. 
 
A second goal followed. Valentina Samadani, who impressed on her 2nd team debut, played a lovely pass from outside the D to the pack post for Amber Anderson to deflect past the Cheltenham goalkeeper.
 
After the halftime break Malvern knew that as long as they continued to work hard, their skill levels would see them come out on top. The girls did exactly this with Lexie Clarke showing great energy in driving the team forward down the right. It was Lexie that set Sassy Anderson free down the right whose powerful run past two Cheltenham defenders saw her square the ball to Annie Slator to tap in Malvern’s third goal. Our final goals were scored by Antonia Kuhr from a short corner when her drag flick snuck past the Cheltenham goalie. 
 
There was enough time for Cheltenham to grab a consolation goal on the break, but it was only that. The whole squad of 16 should be very proud of their performance!
 
3rd XI 
Match result: 5-2 (win)
Goal scorers: Freya Saxton x3 and Ishbel Spencer-Nairn x2
Player of the match: Gemma Luscombe
 
Following a lacklustre first half that was characterised by slow ball pace and a general lack of intensity, Malvern was down at the break (2-1).
 
Following a no-nonsense team talk, the girls took to the field in the second half ready to prove that they wanted to win. Malvern won the game by making excellent connections in midfield and outstanding finishing from the forwards. An almost impenetrable defence was backed up by some super saves by goalkeeper Georgina Macakiage which prevented Cheltenham scoring in the second half.
 
4th XI 
Match result: 4-2 (loss)
Goal scorer: Ava Emery x2
Player of the match: Alice Day
 
We struggled to get going in the cold, wet conditions but dominated the first 10 minutes of the game. 
 
We must have had at least 10 shots at goal with their goal-keeper saving all but one. The opposition then immediately scored an equaliser and we had to build again, 2 – 2 at halftime. 
 
In the second half, the distance between our forwards and defenders increased and communication broke down. We were left wanting at the back and allowed two easy goals to be scored against us. 
 
Ava Emery had a great game in attack, scoring both our goals and Alice Day and Sacha Bitenyo-Jones were solid in defence.
 
U15A 
Match result: 2-1 (loss) 
Goal scorer: Jessica Vickers
Player of the match: Jasmine Ellis
 
A great performance from the U15s and although they lost narrowly 2-1, it was an exciting game of hockey with lots of positives. 
 
Despite dominating the first half, Malvern was unable to convert the chances. After halftime, the girls were keen to get into the game early and ensure their press was solid. In doing so, created a fantastic opportunity to score through defender Imogen Renaud who set up Jess Vickers who calmly slotted the ball in the goal. Cheltenham reacted as expected and not long after made it 1-1. Captain Jasmine Ellis, then decided at the re-start to take on the entire Cheltenham team, a mazy run eliminated several players, slotting the ball past the keeper only to be stopped by the goal post! The girls created several more chances but sadly were unable to score and with a quick breakaway, Cheltenham won a short corner which they converted to win the game. 
 
There were several great performances on the pitch. Well done to Alice Gudkova who made a brilliant save to keep us in the game in her debut for the A’s. The defence of Lucy Marriott, Catherine Horn, Imogen Renaud, and Bella Cole was fantastic. Lots of lessons were learned and the team looks forward to their next match on Thursday!
 
U15B 
Match result: 2-2
Goal scorer: Emily Elgar x2
Player of the match: Sarah Jane Starkey
 
Malvern started the game extremely well, scoring early. They had a breakthrough of play led by Bea Barnes who dribbled the ball to the top of the D. Working alongside Bea was Boo Forbes, Lara Wilson and Emily Elgar, who together worked the ball around the Cheltenham defence and then into the goal! The goal scorer was Emily Elgar.
 
After maintaining the lead for a significant part of the game, Cheltenham had a breakthrough of scoring two goals in quick concession, however instead of dropping their heads, Malvern fought hard to pull it back to 2-2. Again, the goal coming from Emily. Sarah-Jane Starkey had a strong game in goal, she made many strong saves, denying Cheltenham the victory.
 
Malvern played their strongest game of hockey to date and will hope to continue this energy into next week.
 
Development Squad 
Match result: 4-0 (loss) 
Player of the match: Megan Smyth
 
Malvern and Cheltenham made a positive start to the game with both sides creating good chances. 
 
There were some great spells for Malvern during the first half. Megan Symth, Saffy Wickes, Syuzanna Avanesova and Nayanna Sira linked well up front. 
 
Halfway through the first half Cheltenham College took the lead, but this didn’t put the girls down and they worked even harder to draw level. Anastaiia Gura and Ella Cooper made some good tackles at the back which kept Malvern in the game.  
 
In the second half, Malvern made a strong start almost getting a goal back through Saffy Wickes and Syuzanna Avanesova. Cheltenham then started to get a foothold in the game with Alice Gudkova making some good saves to keep the score at 0-1. For 30 minutes the girls were very impressive, however, in the last 10 minutes, Cheltenham pushed hard and scored three more goals. The game finished 4-0, but the girls put 110% into the game and were disappointed with the final score.  
 
Megan Smyth’s played her first ever game for Malvern, she was outstanding and deserved the player of the match award.
 

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