Mixed fortunes for hockey teams

Greenock 5, Dumfries 1s 1

Missing several experienced players, Dumfries first XI made the journey to Greenock for their fifth league game of the season.

In the opening two minutes, Dumfries conceded a penalty corner which Greenock converted.

However, Dumfries enjoyed most of the possession for the next 20 minutes with newcomer Ariadne Weir making some great drives to the back line and winning a penalty corner. Dumfries levelled the score from this set piece when captain Elen Austin found herself in front of an open goal.

Dumfries controlled the game until just before half-time when Greenock capitalised on a defensive error, giving them the lead going into the break. From the start of the second half Greenock dominated with simple but effective play and were rewarded with three goals.

Dumfries 2s 10, Clydesdale 1

A fine performance from Dumfries 2s, playing their first game of the weekend.

They passed the ball well and made good use of possession. Clydesdale opted to play with 11 outfield players – no-one had goalkeeping privileges – and Dumfries took advantage.

The first half was not clear-cut – the Dumfries midfield and defence had to work, and the team did concede one goal – though goals from Anna, Gladys and Angie gave Dumfries a deserved lead.

A concerted effort at the start of the second half saw Dumfries go further ahead, with Emily McKie scoring a hat-trick and Rhia Leyshon getting her first goal for the club. Other scorers were Anna Clark (2), Angela Beattie (2) and Gladys McClymont (2)

Squad: Maz Bell-Irving, Anne Lees, Rhia Leyshon, Emily Anderson, Laura Kirkpatrick, Amy Hunter, Amy Niven, Kirsty Balfour, Angie Beattie, Beth Sloan, Anna Clark, Emily McKie, Gladys McClymont

GHK 3s 5, Dumfries 2s 1

Playing their second game of the weekend, Dumfries were slow to get started, and the fast, flowing play of GHK quickly found Dumfries leaking three goals early in the first half.

Dumfries settled and Emily Morton initiated some fine forward runs down the right side. The second half was more equal, with timely tackles from Emily Anderson, Beth Sloan and Kirsty Balfour, and some good strong runs from Maz Bell-Irving, backed up by Niamh Dobie and Nicole Dempster. GHK score two more goals, before Angie Beattie got one back for Dumfries.

Squad: Maz Bell-Irving, Anne Lees, Julia Boa, Emily Anderson, Niamh Dobie, Nicole Dempster, Kirsty Balfour, Angie Beattie, Beth Sloan, Anna Clark, Emily McKie, Emily Morton, Gladys McClymont

This week’s games are: men at home to Western 4s; Ladies 1s away to Western Wildcats 2s; Ladies 2s at home to Stepps

New members are always welcome at training at King George V on a Tuesday night. For S1-S4, 6-7pm; Men (S5 and above), 6-8pm; Ladies (S5 and above), 7-9pm; Juniors (P4-P7) train at Maxwelltown High School on Sundays from 10-11am.