Hockey v Christ College Brecon

Hockey v Christ College Brecon

Malvern College 2nd XI v Christ College Brecon 1st XI
Result: 3-0 (Loss)
Player of the Match: Maddie Queen
 
The 2nd XI lost their perfect record in this match against Christ College Brecon’s 1st XI. 
 
The girls started the game well pressurising CCB and controlling the ball well with Ariana Davison offering a good attacking outlet from right back. Unfortunately, Malvern couldn’t convert this possession and territory into any clear-cut chances and they were given warning of CCBs ability on the break a few times and needed good defence play from Emily Atherton, Georgina Wood, Coral Artega-Vivanco and Valentina Samadani to stop these breaks. Unfortunately for Malvern, a wayward pass was picked up by CCB and, despite a good first save from Evie Dickenson, the ball was well struck into the goal. CCB managed to get a 2nd goal just before halftime.
 
In the 2nd half, the girls got to grips with CCB’s aggressive approach and controlled most of the half with Sassy Anderson, Annie Slater and player of the match Maddie Queen working hard to win the ball back and showing excellent ball carrying abilities. However halfway through the 2nd half CCB managed to win a short corner which they promptly converted to give them a 3-0 lead. To their credit, Malvern kept pressing for a goal and all of Ester Woods, Scarlett Shaw, Issy Wynn, Maddie Queen, Lexie Clarke, Helene Vansteenbrugghe and Sassy Anderson, who were rotating on and off the pitch in midfield kept control of the ball. It took a strong display from the CCB goalkeeper to stop the forward line of Annie Slater Imo Cole, Izzy Crossland converting one of the chances that this control produced. 
 
A disappointing result, but a good display. 
 
Malvern College 3rd XI v Christ College Brecon 2nd XI
Result: 6 – 1 (Win)         
Coach’s player of the match: Millie Page
Players’ player of the match: Banita Dodhia
Goal Scorers: Freya Saxton, Ishbel Spencer-Nairn (x2), Gemma Luscombe, Amber Anderson, Banita Dodhia
 
Several last-minute adjustments to personnel did nothing to upset the stability of this excellent unit, who came out strong as ever against CCB on Saturday. 
 
The girls took about five minutes to find their rhythm, with the defenders and GeeGee Macakiage (GK) having to work hard to keep a relentless opposition at bay. However, as soon as Freya Saxton scored our first goal, we were back to the attractive passing hockey that has earned us compliments all season. Ishbel Spencer-Nairn took to the scoresheet next with a penalty flick to the top right corner, followed soon after by a field goal. 3 – 0 up at halftime, we knew we needed to be wary of getting complacent. Despite conceding early in the second half, the girls regrouped and went on to find the back of the box three more times before the final whistle. 
 
Well done to Ann Doroshenko for captaining the team with impressive focus and intensity, and to the whole team for the enthusiasm and commitment they bring to all their games. 
 
U15A 
Result: 0-0 (Draw)
Coach’s player of the match: Meghan Edwards
Players’ player of the match: Sophie Roberts
 
Molly Battersby and Lara Wilson made their debuts for the U15As against Christ College, Brecon for their penultimate match of the season. 
 
The match turned out to be a bit of a frustrating afternoon for the U15As who dominated from the whistle. There were periods of excellent linking play with some fantastic defending from Molly Battersby and an outstanding save made by Alisa Gudkova, who despite having little to do all match ensured she didn’t allow the opposition to sneak in a goal on a breakaway. The girls worked hard and weren’t short of creating opportunities but just couldn’t accomplish the finish. 
 
All credit to the Christ College, Brecon defence who withstood attack after attack throughout the game.
 
U14A 
Result: 3-1 (Win)
Goal Scorers:  Georgie Balfry, Amy Grammaticas and Lucy Underwood
Player of the match: Chloe MacKellar
 
In their penultimate match of the season, the U14As travelled with the U15As to Christ College, Brecon. Thankfully the rain stayed away as the girls took to the pitch for their warm-up. 
 
The girls were slow to start off but still managed to make things difficult for the Christ College. Brecon defence. Christ College Brecon scored a quick breakaway goal but the girls bounced back well and scored three minutes later through Georgie Balfry. A good half time team talk and the girls came out keen to improve their performance. The speed of the game increased and with it the girls passing of the ball improved. The girls created several scoring opportunities and two of those were converted by Amy Grammaticas and Lucy Underwood.
 

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