Reading Ladies 1A 3 Epsom 1By Reading Hockey Club • Oct 15th, 2013 • Category: L1A, Match Reports
5th October 2103
Reading eased to a 3-1 victory over Epsom without ever producing the champagne hockey of last season.
The first goal came after 5 minutes and Epsom really were architects of their own downfall when one Epsom defender played the ball onto the feet of another. From the resultant short corner, Fran’s shot was expertly flicked over the prone goalie by another Epsom defender – 1-0 Reading.
Reading really were dominating the early stages and doubled their lead after 14 minutes, with Harriette scoring from point blank range after an excellent drive down the goal line by Livvy Saligoi.
However midway through the first half, Epsom pulled a goal back. An initial break found Epsom with two players clear through on goal. Reading fought hard to recover, but gave a way a short corner and Epsom shot well to make it 2-1. It stayed that way until half time.
Four minutes into the second half, Poppy played a through ball and Keelie ran through on goal, before her run was ended by a shove in the back and a Ronaldo-like dive. To be honest the move wasn’t really worthy of mention, but the dive was, so there you go!
A minute later Reading created another great opening. Keelie’s lead to the wing left space in the centre for Fran to fire the ball into the circle where Harriette was able to nudge the ball onto an Epsom foot for a short corner. From this Fran drove the ball to the far post and Harriette deflected just wide.
Epsom then had a period of pressure which Reading dealt with well. One sliding stop from Fran left her lying on the ground, and after her only having a couple of hours sleep last night, this reporter wondered if she’d stay down there for a quick power-nap.
Epsom did create a one on one situation on the Reading goal, but Roxy made an excellent double save to maintain the Blues lead.
We then went through a period of weird decisions; firstly a great overlap from Alys should have been rewarded with a short corner after she played the ball onto an Epsom foot in the D. For some reason the umpire decided otherwise, causing a apoplectic reaction from coach Jon. Then Liana and Alys received yellow cards in rather dubious circumstances.
The adversity and injustice seemed to galvanise Reading and when Chloe embarked on one of her trademark, bulldozing runs, there was only one place the ball was going to end up. 3-1 to Reading.
Training this week will surely involve ensuring the entire team knows the words to Humpty Dumpty after the lyrically challenged rendition delivered by Georgie after the match.
Well played Reading!