Hockey sides are five live

Young player Callum Kingstree takes a shot at the Hillhead goal
Young player Callum Kingstree takes a shot at the Hillhead goal

Hillhead 5s 0, Dumfries 5

With the Ladies 1s not playing, the men were the only team in action on Saturday and they were in confident mood as they set off to play against struggling Hillhead 5s.

With an unfortunate injury picked up during the warm up, captain Robbie Huxtable was forced into a change of tactics before the game started.

Nevertheless, Dumfries started the game well with Huxtable and Bell in control of the game from the start. It took Dumfries 15 minutes to break the deadlock after a deflected ball from the left bounced up nicely for Clark, who stuck it through the keeper’s legs.

Dumfries were buoyed by a second from a penalty corner. The ball was dragged out to Callander. His initial shot was blocked by the keeper, but Bell reacted well to pull the ball wide and his effort cannoned off the post straight to Davidson who drove it across the area to be deflected in by Huxtable.

Hillhead push forward but the back line of Redman, Rennie, Callander and Bennett were in inspired form, only allowing Dumfries keeper Moscrop one touch of the ball during the half as he made a good save from a penalty corner.

Dumfries turned up the pressure and a neat through ball found Kingstree at the top of the area and his neat turn saw him round the keeper and stroke the ball calmly into the goal. Kingstree doubled his tally shortly afterwards when he found space in the area and slammed the ball home.

Kingstree’s movement was causing all kinds of problems for the Hillhead defenders and he had two further efforts that went narrowly wide of the target prior to half time.

The second half started as the first had ended with Dumfries in control. The majority of the chances fell to Clark but an off day for the forward saw him struggle to hit the target. Dumfries got a glorious chance to extend their lead to five when a good flick from a penalty corner by Callander struck a defender’s foot on the line and Dumfries were awarded a penalty stroke. Clark stepped up but his “fluffed” effort was saved by the keeper.

Dumfries got the fifth midway through the half after some neat control by Johnston. He beat three players before slotting the ball in at the near post.

This Saturday Dumfries travel to Paisley to play Anchor 2s who they defeated 8-0 earlier in the season.

Giffnock 0, Dumfries 2nd XI 5

On Sunday, it was the third time lucky for the Dumfries team, after poor weather cancelled the previous two attempts.

Dumfries travelled with a squad of 11, with Anna Clark unable to play due to illness. Dumfries settled into their game from the start, and quickly attacked their opponents’ goal.

Unfortunately, Emily had to leave the pitch with a twisted ankle, and this caused Dumfries to make some positional changes. Undeterred, Dumfries continued on the offensive, but the Giffnock defence thwarted them on numerous occasions.

Once Emily had received treatment, they scored from a penalty corner chance. Gladys played the ball to Hollie, who brilliantly controlled it, and sent a ferocious shot into the Giffnock goal.

Almost immediately after the restart, Hollie doubled the lead, this time from open play. Despite leading 2-0 at half-time, the score could’ve been more with Catherine and Emily coming close after good build up play Beth, Kirsty, Angie and Gladys.

The second half stared with excellent passing and positional play from the young Dumfries side. The defence of Anne, Maz and Kirsty were solid, limiting Giffnock to two shots on goal, which goalkeeper Georgia had no problems dealing with.

Emily took on the Giffnock defence and slotted home the third goal. Gladys made it four with a shot from wide right and Angie deservedly made it 5-0 with a great strike from a penalty corner.

This was an excellent display from Dumfries against an improving Giffnock. Dumfries captain Maz was voted player of the match.

This Saturday, Dumfries 2nd XI face Hillhead 5s at KGV with a 2.15pm pushback. But before that, Dumfries 1st XI take on MC Clydesdale Western 5, also at KGV, with a 12.15 push back.