Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Women's hockey: Moss on a roll

What a difference a month has made for Mossley under-12.

In October the girls competed in their first ever tournament in the first round of their under-12 league.



They lost all three of their matches despite some good performances, however, they made up for it last week when they made it a hat-trick of wins in the second round.



The girls travelled to Lisnagarvey in confident form and in their first fixture they took on Newcastle.



From the whistle Mossley took control of the game gaining much more possession and piling pressure onto the Newcastle defence through their quartet of midfielders - Rachel Lynas, Sophie Boyd, Jessica Sellar and Paula Gilmore.



Following super skilful moves from Lisa Lowry and Ruth Maguire, Mossley got an early goal.



Mossley's goalkeeper Rebecca Lockhart had very little to do with her strong defence of Zoe Robinson, Elora Peachey and Kerri Corbet keeping Newcastle forward line at bay.



Three more goals resulted in a 4-0 win for Mossley.



Next up was a more experienced and stronger Civil Service side.



Mossley, with a win under their belts already, were very enthusiastic and determined to pick up another victory, but immediate pressure from the Civil Service's midfield led to an early goal.



However, it wasn't long before Mossley hit back.

Elora Peachey cleared the ball to Lisa Lowry on the left wing and a beautiful pass across goal allowed Ruth Maguire to touch in the equaliser.



Maguire was again on target for Mossley's second goal which came shortly after her first.



Good work from Sophie Boyd and Rachel Lynas in midfield set up Maguire on the right and she wrapped up a 2-1 win.



The final game saw the girls run out against North Down. They were determined to make this a clean sweep of wins and from the whistle the girls gave it 100%.



Maguire was again the heroine grabbing a hat-trick to secure a 3-0 scoreline.



Coach Debbie Peachey was delighted with the girls' progress saying.

"I'm so proud of them. Their hard work at training is really paying off," she said.



"Everyone of them played extremely well and it was an excellent team performance.



"The team would like to thank the coaches and umpire for their help and their time on the day Vicky Judah, Claire Vance, Robert Peachey and Janet Clarke."

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