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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:11

Hockey: Dale v Queen's College

Match Report: QUEEN’S COLLEGE VS DALE - 16 AUGUST 2013

The Queen’s First XI travelled to King William’s Town for the annual Derby fixture. The game was played under appalling lighting throwing large sections of the field into shadow, making it a challenge.

The Dale side were keen to avenge their 3-2 loss to Queen’s at the start of the season and the game lived up to its expectations of being a fast moving and exciting fixture. Queen’s were well aware that if given the space the Dale side would be extremely dangerous on attack. The critical difference in the game was that the Queen’s lads continued to play their structured fast moving team game whilst Dale made the fatal error of far too much individual style hockey by their players allowing the Queen’s side to easily isolate and shut these players down. Both sides looked dangerous on the attack and it was Dale who were rewarded a short corner with 27 minutes on the clock. Poor execution saw the opportunity wasted. Again a second Dale short corner came to nothing at 19 minutes with the Queen’s defence able to channel the attacker and shut down the threat. Queen’s enjoyed dominance of possession and territory throughout the game.

The Queen’s lads seemed to struggle at times allowing the ball to run long and not quite keeping it on the stick. Dale tookn full advantage of these slips to capetilize and launch penetrating attacks on the Queen’s defence. Cheslyn Neethling was subjected to close robust attention from the Dale strikers but remained composed and steady as a rock under the pressure. Nicholas Bradley proved calm under attack and was able to close down a fast Dale counter attack. With 7 minutes on the clock a fast run down the right saw Jono Cloete lay off a well timed cross to Mark Stone who deflected the ball into the Dale goals to take Queen’s 1-0 up.

Queen’s continued to control the game with the Dale defence to be commended on their composure under pressure. The Queen’s lads maintained their game plan and executed their moves as a well drilled unit resulting in a short corner with 21 seconds remaining in the 1st half.The Dale defence held for the the initial shot at goal but were unable to clear the ball. After a scramble in the circle Jono Cloete latched onto the loose ball and slammed the ball into the box with a reverse stick shot to take Queen’s 2-0 up.

The second half saw both sides running hard and the balance swung evenly between the. With 23 minutes remaining Dale capitalised on a lapse in the Queen’s defence to slot home their first goal of the evening to take the score to 2-1. Dale maintained the pressure with 2 short corners which were well defended by the Queen’s lads. Queen’s seemed to revert to a defensive mode for parts of the second half and gave away far too much possession with ineffective overheads allowing Dale to gain possession and launch fast counter attacks on the Queen’s goals.

Both sides launched attacks and counter attacks and the pace of the game remained frenetic throughout. Queen’s had opportunities, but were unable to convert them into points.The Dale side were to be rewarded with a short corner with 2 minutes remaining which they were able to convert to level the scores and draw the game 2 all. A great game of hockey between two arch rivals played under poor conditions brought the season to a close.

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