CHA U14 Girls Hockey League set for a nail biting finish for Truro Juniors!
By ColinGibbs | Tuesday, February 04, 2014, 09:42
Truro Junior Hockey Club's U14 Green Squad kept their title hopes alive in the CHA Junior League on Sunday with another great team performance.
The task was always going to be a difficult one as two of the ten player squad were unavailable, and a third withdrew late on Friday through illness, leaving the remaining seven players (the minimum allowed) to face the penultimate round without the back-up of rolling subs.
But sound tactical play from new girl Molly Browne in at Centre Half, and continual attacking drives down the right by Amelia Heather throughout the day, helped to set-up the forwards with good goal scoring opportunities.
Daisy Tudball, at Centre Forward, opened the scoring against Falmouth finishing a delightful and well worked team goal. Then Megan Gibbs, back in her preferred left wing position following two games boosting the defence, wasted no time with a second. Truro continued to apply the pressure right up to the final whistle, taking the game 2:0.
The forwards were supported by a committed and focused defence. Solid tackling and tight marking, with quick and effective charge downs at the defensive short corners from Ellie Casanove and Niamh Westgarth, combined with timely challenges, saves and an ever improving performance from Goal Keeper Emily McIntosh, all helped to keep the attacks under control and the goals out.
The second match against Penzance A's was again very close. Having drawn 0:0 in the first round, and being the joint league leaders on points with Truro going into round three, it was a fast and furious encounter with both sides knowing the importance of the result. The match could have gone either way, with each team creating good scoring opportunities. But on this occasion Truro just couldn't find the final touches needed. They defended superbly, clearing a number of penalty corners, but it was an attack by Penzance toward the end of the match that led to a frantic effort to clear the Truro line. Unfortunately, the ball fell to Penzance who scored, and then held out to win the match 1:0.
Picking themselves up to play the third and final game of the session against Truro Yellows, the Greens held their focus and shape. Despite tied legs and the disappointment of their first defeat, they played an exceptional game. They dominated the play, keeping the ball in the top half of the pitch, and simply didn't allow Truro Yellows any time to build an attack. A break away chance saw the Yellows steal a consolation goal at 3:1, but with high quality passes coming in from Molly Browne in midfield, the Green forwards finished with confidence and finesse, having the final say with Daisy Tudball and Amelia Heather taking a goal each, and Megan Gibbs scoring an incredible five goals to increase her overall tally to twelve across the three rounds, and become one of the leading scorers in the competition.
Third place Truro High School won their four matches, and so with three sides now on or around the same points, some with games in hand, and varying goal differences, the final stage looks set for a nail biting finish!
Truro Green (U14)
GK: Emily McIntosh
Left Back: Ellie Casanove
Right Back: Niamh Westgarth
Centre Half: Molly Browne
Left Wing: Megan Gibbs
Centre Forward: Daisy Tudball
Right Wing: Amelia Heather
Unavailable: Jasmine Hallam, Eloise I and Anna P.