Two teams of Fjordhus Reivers hockey girls braved the rain last Sunday to fulfil their fixtures against CALA/Edinburgh counterparts in the East U16 Girls’ League.
First up was the U16 Performance group, which worked tirelessly for each other to create lots of scoring opportunities.
The CALA goalkeeper was on form and, time after time, denied the girls the opening goal. Against the run of play, a lapse in concentration in the press saw a gap emerge for the visitors and they snatched the opportunity to fast break, scoring from the narrowest of angles to break the deadlock. This inspired the young Reivers to press even higher, with Ellen Keefe, Sophie Laurie and Beth Logan, marshalled by Dani Walker at the back, pushing forward.
Eventually, the girls pulled one back through Hannah Miller, after being awarded a penalty corner.
The game then went into a period of end to end hockey until CALA again found a rare gap in the defence on the break after a quickly-taken free hit and scored from a one-on-one against the home keeper.
Time was running out when Molly Turnbull stole the ball from the CALA defence and set Polly Bell on her way.
She passed to Lindsay Jack on the post, who made no mistake in roofing the ball past the keeper for 2-2.
It was an excellent game of hockey, where the girls showed real discipline in sticking to the game plan and putting in a power of work for each other to secure a well-earned point.
As the driving rain continued, the young U16 Development squad prepared to take on the CALA Development U16 team.
The younger players took on the same attitude as the older girls and threw their hearts and souls into working for each other, on and off the ball.
Chloe Aitchison, Georgia Main, Yvonne Hogg and Isla Goodfellow took control of the midfield, while Blythe Duff and Molly Willmott worked hard up front to create space.
A great break coming from deep in the right saw the ball expertly moved through Kadey Hulme, to Chloe Aitchieson, in to Blythe Duff, who made an inch-perfect pass to Georgia Main. She first-timed the ball past the goalkeeper, who had no chance.
The second goal came short after great linking work in midfield through Hannah Green and Charlie Zavaroni.
Blythe Duff was released and scored with a pinpoint shot through a narrow angle on the right.
The youngsters remained in control for the remainder of the game, solid at the back through Lily Towers and Molly Byers with Amy Davenport in goal having little to do.
Second-half goals by Georgia Main and Blythe Duff were well taken to complete a 4-0 win.
These young players are indeed future stars for the club and many already feature and add to the success of the Fjordhus Ladies’ senior teams.