Arran take a point from tough double-header

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Hillhead Ladies 4s 2, Arran Ladies 2

Arran Ladies faced a double-header last weekend, travelling to Jordanhill in Glasgow to play Hillhead Ladies 4s on Saturday and then hosting Glasgow University 4s at home on Sunday. Having played both these teams last season, Arran knew that it was going to be a challenging weekend.

The match against Hillhead started with Arran taking control with great forward movement with the ball. Susie Murchie and Hazel Malakoty caused havoc in the midfield, winning the ball and redirecting it to the forward line.

The first goal came from a pass from Ellie Wood to Lorraine Hewie who manoeuvred through the Hillhead defence to score after just six minutes. Arran dominated the first half keeping most of the possession, with Susie and Lorraine both having a couple of near misses on goal.  Hillhead played extremely well with some lovely teamwork and accurate quick passing. They had a few breaks in the first half but Arran’s defensive line comprising Faith McKelvie, Jenny Stark, Freya McNicol, Elyse Aitken and Ellie, remained strong and steadfast.

Hillhead took the second half pass back and tried to work their way through the Arran defence but again to no avail. It was while they were top heavy in pressing the Arran goal that a strong defensive clearance from Susie sent the ball to Lorraine at the half way line, catching Hillhead off-guard and leaving their goalkeeper with no defenders in place to challenge the charge. Lorraine cleanly finished the attack with Arran’s second goal.

Hillhead did not give up and with great determination managed to pull back two goals in the last six minutes of the game, at which point the Arran team were tiring.  The final score ended with a 2-2 draw and goalkeeper, Ali McKie was voted dame of the game by Hillhead for her fantastic goalkeeping skills in thwarting many goal attempts throughout the match.

Arran Ladies 0, Glasgow University 4s 4

Having played on Saturday and still missing some key players for Sunday’s match against Glasgow University 4’s, Arran played a courageous game.

Arran had plenty of attempts on goal in the first half, coming up against a very strong defensive line denying goals being scored.  Arran’s defence held their own throughout this half of the game, but after a determined battle within the circle, Glasgow University managed to score the first goal of the match ending the first half with a 1-0 lead.

The university team, came out explosively in the second half, and continued to break down Arran’s attacks, turning play over and counter-attacking.  Arran really struggled in the second half of the game, having played the day before and dealing with the continuous onslaught from a very strong and skilful opposition, the Arran team were just completely worn down. Glasgow University secured a further three goals before the final whistle, leaving Arran defeated with a 4-0 scoreline.  Glasgow University voted Ellie Wood as dame of the game.

Arran’s captain, Lorraine Hewie said: ‘ I commend the team for all their hard work and commitment over this weekend.  As a team we knew we were evenly matched with Hillhead and Glasgow University was always going to be really tough opposition, so the results have not come as a surprise.

‘Playing these two teams in a doubleheader was exhausting. Well done to those who played, you never gave up and gave your all. Congratulations to Ali McKie and Ellie Wood who were awarded dame of the game over the weekend, both well deserved.

‘The team would like to thank Pauline Reid for umpiring, the Ormidale Hotel for hosting match teas and thanks to all the supporters over both days,’ she added

Arran Ladies had been due to play GHK 4’s at home today (Saturday) but the game has been cancelled due to the weather forecast, with GHK conceding the points.

Arran’s Lorraine Hewie challenges an Glasgow University player for the ball while umpire Pauline Reid keeps a close eye on the game. 01_B44hockey01

Eyes on the target, Mia Walkers powers down the sideline with the ball. 01_B44hockey02

On the attack, Susie Murchie leaps into the air to avoid a high-speed ball. 01_B44hockey03

Marking the opposition, an Arran player shadows her Glasgow University opponent to hamper any passing towards the scoring D. 01_B44hockey04

Jenny Stark receives the ball from Susie Murchie but despite a valiant effort is unable to convert it into a goal. 01_B44hockey05