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Boys' Hockey Match reports against Merchiston

Boys' Hockey Match reports against Merchiston

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Belhaven 2nds v Merchiston 2nds

The seconds arrived at Merchiston on a cold and cloudy day and took a little while to get going in this match. Unfortunately, Belhaven did not have the option of a goalkeeper meaning they would have to work extra hard. In the first quarter though Merchiston were creating chances and took a first quarter lead of 3-0. Belhaven however rallied in the second quarter dominating possession and working hard to get the ball back. With multiple chances Ted finally beat their goalkeeper and Belhaven went into half time only 2 goals down.

After the half time break the match was fairly even with both teams attacking and defending well. After some good opportunities both ways Merchiston scored the only goal of the 3rd quarter to take a 4-1 lead. Rather than become deflated Belhaven channelled their efforts into another dominant show of possession creating a number of good chances in the 4th quarter which the Merchiston goalkeeper did well to keep out.

   

In the end, the early lead Merchiston built in the first 10 minutes held, and the game finished 4-1. Belhaven can feel pleased with certain elements of their game though. Their ability to control possession. The speed at which they could recover the ball. Their adaptability to work double hard in defence to minimise goal scoring opportunities. While they will be frustrated at losing, there was a lot to be proud of as well.

Final score Belhaven 1 - 4 Merchiston

 

U11a v Merchiston

Belhaven A 3 - 2 Merchiston A

This week saw a good run-out against an evenly-matched Merchiston side in which we thankfully, and deservedly came out best.  It was clear from early on that if we played our normal game, the chances would come and thankfully two towards the end of the first half settled our nerves and we went into the break 2-0 up thanks to two close-range opportunistic strikes from Basil.

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We continued to press and two became three after a succession of long-corners led to Hector scoring a beauty in the bottom corner.  I tinkered with the team at this point slightly, which caused some changing of balance as we let in a soft goal from distance which Archie thought was drifting wide and then five minutes from time we didn’t clear our lines effectively and ourselves conceded sloppily from in front of goal, Rollo slipping at the vital second.

   

Hold on we did though, nonetheless, and deservedly won 3-2.  Things to look at as we go into our final two matches: getting the ball out wide, getting the ball passed more quickly and more strongly into space.

Man of the Match: Alfie.

 

U11b v Merchiston

Belhaven 2 – 3 Merchiston

All good things must come to an end. And, sadly today marked the end of the B team’s winning streak this year. It was a much-changed Belhaven side, not only in appearance – playing in red as opposed to the traditional blue – but also in personnel to ensure a good rotation of players throughout the squad.

Merchiston was a strong outfit, with two players in particular who really impressed and caused numerous problems for the Belhaven defence. I dare say that they may even have stood out in the A team match, dribbling the ball confidently and crossing from the left and right sides of the pitch.

The game started well for Belhaven, with Charlie J scoring two superb goals. Ivan kept Belhaven in the match with some fantastic saves, but was removed from the pitch with 10 minutes to play, as agreed at the start of the match. Belhaven was leading 2 - 1, but we now lost the advantage of having a goalkeeper, something Merchiston had done without for three-quarters of the match.

This proved decisive, with Merchiston snatching a further two goals to go from 2 - 1 behind to 3 - 2 at the death. Noel, James and Jack all made some fantastic clearances, but sadly the pressure on the Belhaven goal proved too much. The winning streak was gone, but a competitive performance to be proud of.

GoalsCharlie J (2)
Man of the MatchCharlie J