Fighting home win puts Arran top of the league

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Arran Ladies 4 GHK Ladies 3s 0

The Arran Ladies hockey team sit top of Division 3 of the West District women’s hockey league with 18 points after their 6th win of the season in Brodick last Sunday.

The team came out in full fighting force with a squad of 16 players to defeat the highly ranked GHK 3s on home turf, who now sit 4th in the league having had a points deduction.

Arran started with the young team of Mia Walker, Jemima Currie and Megan McNicol playing up front, with the support from experienced midfielders Hazel Malakoty, Jenny Stark and Susie Murchie, they managed to cause quite a lot of pressure on the GHK defence, being awarded two attacking short corners in the first ten minutes of the game. Both teams settled into play thereafter with neither side dominating play. Arran’s defence played steadfast with sweeper, Cat Galbraith, calling defence into position, keeping GHK’s attacks out of the Arran’s defending circle.

Arran forwards had many on target shots at goal but GHK’s young goalkeeper thwarted their chances to score. The fighting spirit and determination of Arran’s forwards, Helen Thomson, Anne Watts and Lorraine Hewie, eventually paid off 32 minutes into the first half when captain Anne Watts put the first goal past the goalkeeper. This was followed very swiftly by a goal from left midfielder, Susie Murchie bringing the scoreline to 2-0 at the half time whistle.

Arran took more control over the game in the second half, with Lorraine Hewie scoring just two minutes in. Arran’s midfield and forward lines kept the pressure up, resulting in a second goal for Anne, and solidifying Arran’s scoreline.

GHK never relented and Arran’s defenders Kirstie Barton, Faith McKelvie, Freya McNicol and Ellie Wood had plenty of work to do blocking the numerous attacks on goal. As always, Goalkeeper Ali McKie proved unbeatable, charging down any stray opportunities that GHK had. The final whistle went with a secure win of 4-0 for the Arran Ladies. Lorraine was awarded dame of the game by the opposition.

A spokeswoman for the club said: ‘All in all this was a game played with superb teamwork and true fighting spirit and determination. We would like to thank Pauline Reid for officiating the game, and the Ormidale Hotel for catering with their after match teas. It was wonderful to see so many spectators showing their support on the sidelines too.’

The Arran Ladies travel to Glasgow today (Saturday) to play against old rivals Uddingston Clinetix Ladies 2s which is sure to be a challenge, and one of the toughest games of the season, as they sit second in the league behind Arran with games in hand.

Midfielder Hazel Malakoty anticipates the oppositions next move and claims possession of the ball. 01_B45hockey01

Jenny Stark finds an open defence and has a go at goal. 01_B45hockey02

Forward Anne Watts blasts the ball past the defender, surprising the goalkeeper. 01_B45hockey03

Megan McNicol keeps both hands on the stick to capture the ball. 01_B45hockey04

Lorraine Hewie capitalises on a small gap near goal to pass the ball to Hazel Malakoty. 01_B45hockey05