Hockey ladies earn hard-fought draw

In a weekend affected by rain, with two of Dumfries Hockey Club’s three games cancelled, only the Ladies 1s managed to play.

They travelled to Glasgow on Sunday, January 19, to play Clydesdale Western in their first game since the Christmas break.

Dumfries were desperate to get a good result against this team after a 1-0 defeat in the cup competition in December. It was an even game for the first 15 minutes with both sides failing to convert scoring opportunities.

The first goal came from Western at close range after a strike forcing keeper Ally McCubbin to the ground. Soon after Dumfries drew level with a driving run and a superb finish from youngster Naomi Cowan. Dumfries saw out some sustained pressure from western to bring the first half to a close at 1-1.

The second half began with play going from end to end and some near misses from both sides. Western won several penalty corners which they eventually scored from with a well placed strike.

Dumfries showed some great determination to stay in the game and scored when captain Elen Austin played an early ball into the circle which Pip Benson slotted away on her reverse.

Dumfries put themselves under pressure as they continued to give away penalty corners. This proved costly as Western scored with an almost identical strike to their second.

With 10 minutes of the game remaining Dumfries dug deep to put pressure on the Western defence and were rewarded with their third when Hannah Brawley’s fine strike from outside the circle played off the keeper and went in for a final score of 3-3.

Player of the match was keeper Ally McCubbin.

Dumfries: Ally Mccubbin, Susan Irving, Erin McGinley, Angie McNay Emily Anderson Elen Austin, Hannah Brawley, Fiona Bryce, Pip Benson, Naomi Cowan, Kathryn Park.

The 1st XI’s next game is on Sunday, January 26, at home to East Kilbride.