St John's School, Leatherhead Girls 2nd XI vs St George's School
On: Saturday, 10 Dec 2016
Venue: at Home
The 2nd XI hockey team finished off their season with a thrilling and captivating game against an impressive U16A St George's team. With knowledge prior to push-back that the opposition's team contained a player training with England and 2 JRPC players, it was agreed that the contest would be touch one. Nevertheless, the game started evenly with no side taking control of the game. Both teams looked threatening going forward, but defence made light work of initial attempts. However, St George's took the lead after around 10 minutes. Their main play-maker took a quick self-pass and it took the defence by surprise. She created some pace and played the ball to the back post for an easy tap-in. St John's came close to equalising when Rene Spreeth played the ball into the D and Livvie Conboy perfectly timed her run, she deflected the ball goal-wards but an instinctive foot kept the score at 1-0. George's made it 2-0 when, the same player captilised on a loose pass in the midfield and she drove forward to score. Geiorge's mounted on the pressure, but the defence, in particular Jodie Brine, were superb. George's though, made the score 3-0 with a smartly worked short corner routine. St John's' spirits did not deter; Kirstin Hume made several fantastic runs down the right wing and found strikers in the D, but their resulting shots were very well saved by the keeper. Nevertheless, there was a breakthrough. Livvie Conboy drove forward with the ball from around 40 yards out and struck the ball fantastically. Momentum was now with the Eagles. They pressed high and pinned George's back. Kirstin was fantastic and caused serious problems for the visiting team. John's were also awarded several short corners at the end of the first half, but their JRPC keeper and defender did well to keep the score at 3-1, especially with a reverse stick stop on the line.
The second half was just an entertaining as the first. Yet again, their England player made a goal for George's. She received the ball up inside her own half, skipped past 3-4 defenders and scored. Again, John's pressed high and dominated the second half of play. George's struggled to get the ball out of defence with Conboy, Hansford and Spreeth working fantastically to cut out their distribution of the ball. Repeatedly, John's turned the ball over from their 16, but they struggled to score. A combination of fine goalkeeping and inconsistent shooting kept the score down. With 20 minutes to go, Conboy scored her second of the game and John's continued to pile on the pressure. Unfortunately no goals came.
What a fantastic performance though. It is a pity our seniors could not celebrate victory in their final game of the season, but they can most certainly hold their heads high. This season's players player was Anna Mead and the coach's player was Tash Davison. It's been a truly enjoyable season. They were runners up in the county trophy and while three games were lost this year, all girls should be happy with how the season went. 27 goals scored, 8 concended (4 of which on their final game). Well done.