Grange EL 1st XI5
Fjordhus Reivers 1st XI0
The opening minute was scrappy and played at a furious pace.
An aerial ball into the Reivers’ circle was picked up by a home forward and volleyed coolly into the goal.
Grange were the first to combine fluid movement with connective passing, which found Reivers chasing the ball on several occasions.
Grange took advantage of Reivers’ lack of shape and were soon rewarded with a second goal as they found a player free on the back post.
Reivers slowly began to work as a unit through the lines with more consistent linking play between defence, midfield and the forwards.
Pippa Bell and Rhona Gowans worked the centre channel together, distributing the ball to the pacey midfield and forward lines.
Reivers won four penalty corners in a five-minute period, but were unable to get the ball past the strong Grange keeper.
However, poor marking and effective long balls allowed Grange two further goals before half-time.
Bell changed the formation for the second half and Reivers improved their passing and movement.
With this increased concentration came more goalscoring opportunities, but Reivers simply could not find the finishing touch.
Iona Kellett played with consistent determination and won a further two penalty corners.
However, it was Grange who once again were rewarded with a controversial final goal which was struck from outside the circle and deflected into the goal from a Reivers stick.
Effort, workrate, fitness, trust and team work define this young Fjordhus outfit and it remains consistent with every game.
When the finishing touches come, this team will be a force to be reckoned with.