Maxinutrition Hockey5s ChampionsBy Reading Hockey Club • Feb 13th, 2014 • Category: Home Page, L1, Match Reports
The Blue Army were out in force, their destination Wembley Arena to see the Reading Ladies take on Bowdon Hightown. The prize up for grabs: the possibility of being crowned Maxinutrition Hockey5s Champions.
The atmosphere in the arena was fantastic; the part of the crowd wearing blue was buzzing and the girls didn’t disappoint them. Within the first 30 seconds, Helen Richardson-Walsh put the ball in the back of the net, after driving through the centre of Bowdon’s defence. The Reading girls kept the intensity high and were rewarded for their hard work, with plenty of scoring chances. An attack down the right hand side saw Emily Maguire firing home a loose ball in the circle for Reading’s second. At the other end of the pitch Sarah Ellis was producing some exceptional saves denying Bowdon in attack time after time. Bowdon were struggling for answers to Reading’s press and Becky Halle was on hand to convert after Alex Danson drove strongly along the baseline following a turnover. On the stroke of half time, Reading were awarded a penalty corner which Captain Emma Thomas finished with panache over the charging keeper’s shoulder.
Coming in 4-0 up at half time was fantastic for the defending champions, however Reading knew that this score line guaranteed nothing. A relentless and ruthless second half was needed; the first goal in the upcoming half was key.
Reading hunted aggressively for their next goal and within two minutes, after two excellent initial saves from the Bowdon keeper, Halle pounced on the rebound to slot the ball into the goal. Another corner was duly dispatched by Thomas and as Reading’s constant pressure continued to show, Susie Gilbert pick pocketed a Bowdon defender on the edge of the circle and then calmly rounded the keeper for Reading’s seventh.
Some quick thinking and direct play from Bowdon allowed Tina Cullen a one on one against Ellis, which she finished off to give Bowdon their opening goal. Almost immediately Reading were able to reply through Gilbert to quash any hope of a Bowdon comeback.
The final two minutes were end to end. There was a goal for both teams as Sally Walton scored for Bowdon with a composed finish past Ellis and Helen Richardson Walsh picked up her second making the final score 9-2.
It was a clinical and professional performance from the Reading girls and they were deservedly crowned Champions for a second year running. Special mention also goes to Becky Halle who received Man of the Match after a fantastic display capped by two excellent goals.
A huge thank you to all who came and supported us. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received for our Get Reading to Europe campaign.
Now onto the outdoor season….