Close game for seconds.
Dumfries Ladies 2s v GHK 3s Dumfries Ladies 2nd XI started off the season for Dumfries Hockey Club with a home fixture against GHK 3s at Queen of the South Academy, Dumfries.
GHK travelled to Dumfries with a young squad of 16 players and lots of parents as drivers/supporters. Dumfries, for their part, fielded a squad of 12 and were ably supported by fellow Dumfries players.
The first part of the game was very even in terms of possession, though GHK did exercise more pressure in the shooting "circle". Much of this pressure was soaked up by the defence and when needed Ella (in goal) came to the team's rescue.
From the "out" balls from defence, the midfield worked hard to build play and get the ball to the attackers. However, the close passing and play between the GHK players was very telling and eventually they worked the ball around the Dumfries players and beyond Ella to get the first goal of the game.
Dumfries continued to take play to GHK and there was some fine tackling and forward moving play and some good movement of the ball but the final pass was cut out and the first half ended 1-0 to GHK.
GHK came out confidently for the second half, although Dumfries did not consider themselves out of the game.
They continued to hold their own and made some inroads into the attacking D. They equalised when Iona ran in on the goal and, finding herself one-on-one with the keeper, calmly placed the ball into the righthand side of the goal.
Dumfries grew in confidence themselves, and play began to settle in the middle of the pitch, with both teams having chances to build play into an attack.
Ironically, it was from a Dumfries ascendancy that GHK broke up play and moved the ball quickly into attack and scored their second goal.
The game was into the last quarter but Dumfries stuck to their task - again taking the play to GHK but were thwarted in their attempts to score an equaliser and as they tired, GHK scored their third.
This was a good workout for Dumfries, and although the points were not theirs, there were many good points to build on for the next game.
Ella Houliston was deservedly voted Dumfries player of the match by the opposition and the club would like to thank Margaret Miller and Hannah Brawley for umpiring the match.
They would also like to congratulate Tammy McWhirter; Jade McWhirter; Penny Milne and Morven Dobie who have all been selected for the training squad for South West U18 girls.
Squad: Ella Houliston (GK), Angie McNay, Laura Barwick, Maz Bell-Irving, Tammy McWhirter, Vicky Ferguson, Iona Ross, Angela Beattie, Jade McWhirter, Eve Brown, Gladys McClymont, Rhiannon Stapleton.
The next match is at home against Stepps in West District Cup at King George V Park at 2.15pm on Saturday.
Open Doors The club are hosting an Open Doors Week from September 23-30 when those interested can go along and try hockey at the Queen of the South Academy, King George V Park.
Tuesday, September 25: Youths and families 6-7pm; boys and men 7-9pm.
Wednesday, September 26: Girls and women, 7-9pm.