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Ladies finish on a high as men’s team miss out on title

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:28

HOCKEY
City of Portsmouth 0 - IW Ladies 7
IW FINISHED their season unbeaten with a comfortable win over depleted City of Portsmouth.
The Islanders were in no mood to end their campaign on a low and City were unable to cope with their attacking and slick play.
Holly Newton and Nikki Mumford prevented any clear chances, with Lindsay Martin only being called into action once.
IW welcomed Harriet Martin back on the right hand side, and her link up with her fellow forwards saw the first of four fantastic goals for Kate Ednay, who in doing so secured top goal scorer of the league.
Martin herself netted twice and the scoring concluded when Lynn Horwell worked the ball beautifully to create space for Jaimie Unsworth’s strike which ricocheted off a defenders stick into the roof of the net.
IW Ladies 3 - Trojans 1
IW Ladies battled past a determined Trojans, who were desperate to get points off the IW to secure a second place finish.
The Islanders drew blood in the first ten minutes through Lauren Morton but Trojans capitalised on a defensive error by the IW to equalise.
Georgia Whittle thought she had secured the best response with a goal but it was disallowed. Undeterred they pressed on and goals from Carolyn McClellan and Morton sealed the win.
Winchester Academy 4 - IW 2
IW missed out on the Hampshire Division 4 title to go with their promotion success, after losing a top-of-the-table clash with Winchester Academy.
The side only needed a draw to win their third consecutive title, but circumstances left them with only ten players for the first half.
Winchester opened up a two-goal lead but they were left stunned when two goals from Colin Simmonds levelled affairs.
After IW’s 11th player arrived, they nearly took the lead, only for the Winchester keeper to produce a brilliant save from Young, but this was as good as it got for the visitors, as Winchester stepped up a gear.
Goalkeeper Tom Butt produced one of the saves of the season from point-blank range that even the home players and supporters applauded, but they were to nudge ahead again from a well-worked move. With the Island committing players forward in search of the equaliser, a counter-attack saw the ball passed to an unmarked forward to blasted home to secure the win and the title.
Havant Vets II 3 - IW Vets 3
IW Vets concluded their season with a pulsating clash at Havant College.
Despite only travelling with ten men, they took a 2-0 lead through Alan Ball and Simon Butler, and although Havant pulled one back, IW restored their two-goal advantage when Ball netted his second of the game, from Butler’s pinpoint cross.
Havant came back strongly though and converted a short corner just before the break.
In the second half, IW had a stunning strike from a tight angle disallowed, and after this Havant took a stronghold on the game, eventually forcing an equaliser. In the final moments, IW came close to winning when Tom Young’s shot was saved at point-blank range but a draw was a fair result.
IW: Smyth, Pearson, Dean, Richards, Moreton, Young, Allen, Bishop, Butler, Ball.

 


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