Magpies U18’s girls finally played a game of hockey in this seasons England hockey National cup competition. After Norwich City conceded and then Saffron Waldon did the same the girls travelled to play Chelmsford away. We got off to the perfect start when a well taken short corner was confidently dispatched into the Chelmsford goal by Sophia Basset. Magpies were playing like the team who had played in every round, confidently passing the ball and looking solid in defence. Just before half time a well rehearsed short corner was clinically scored by Emma Williamson making the half time score 0-2. Coach Lauren Rowe set the team up for the 2nd half and it wasn’t long before Sophia Basset made it 0-3 following good work from Millie Preece. Magpies didn’t let up and Sophie Govier Schaay made it 0-4 . Lara Taylor then set off on a brilliant run down the right flank into the D and fired the ball past the Chelmsford keeper to make the score 0-5. Sophia then completed her hat trick to make it 0-6 and Millie Preece rounded the scoring off the make the final score 0-7. Magpies U18’s girls have now reached the quarter final in which we are playing Cambridge away on Sunday 24th February.
Magpies U18 girls travelled to Queenswood School in Hatfield to represent Norfolk in the East Regional indoor hockey final. Our first game was against Old Loughtonians who were representing Essex. We won the match 6-1 with goals from Lottie Summers x4, Emily Woollatt and Sophia Basset. We then had to play back to back matches, first match was against Sudbury who were representing Suffolk and we managed to defeat Sudbury 5-1, goal scorers were Lottie Summers x3, Sophia Basset and Emma Williamson after a quick drink and re organise we played Southgate ( Hertfordshire ) and at half time found ourselves 0-4 down. A few tactical changes at half time and in the 2nd half we managed to create chances and match Southgate, Lottie scored our goal. Final score 1-5. We finished the Regional final as runner up and have qualified for the National finals at Whitgift school Croydon taking place over the weekend off 19th and 20th January 2019.
Harleston Magpies celebrate their best season yet at annual youth awards!
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Youth Section has had an exceptional year. Every age group from U10s to U18s, boys and girls, have something to be proud of. Many squads have achieved the highest level possible with national final appearances including the U12 girls, U14 boys and girls and semi-final finishes for both the boys and girls U18s.
On Friday 19 May at Magpies clubhouse, it was all about celebrating this success and recognising the hard work of every player, all team officials, the army of volunteer coaches and assistants and of course the fleet of mum and dad taxi’s!
Over 120 children played games throughout the early evening and then crowded into the clubhouse to see the lucky recipients of the highly prized annual awards, presented by stars of Magpies 1st teams and former junior members, Rose Winter and Jack Hobbs.
The Magpies junior section was also delighted to welcome Andrew Longe, Honorary Life member of Harleston Magpies to present the Longe Trophy for outstanding Youth Coaching services. Since 1994 Andrew has wanted to shine a light on unsung heros in the youth section, those coaches who tirelessly strive to deliver high calibre coaching, giving up evening after evening year after year and this year the entire room agreed that Chris Flatt was a more than worthy winner of the award for his work with Magpies junior goal keepers (pictured Chris Flatt and Andrew Longe).
Club Youth Chairman David Johnson was thrilled at the turnout for the evening, saying: ‘Our awards evening is always a terrific night made even better this year with a glorious summers evening. It was really good to see youngsters from across the age groups mixed up and playing some hockey whilst parents mingled and supported from the side lines before everyone came into the clubhouse for the awards presentation. Well done to all the winners on the night but equally important well done to all who have been part of Magpies youth system. It really has been an exceptional season which everyone can take some credit for.”
[For pictures of the prize winners see below]
David Johnson continued: ‘This year’s event was even more special because before the evenings’ entertainment, Magpies hosted a quick sticks hockey coaching and mini tournament afternoon for three local primary schools. This introduced hockey and Magpies to over 70 year three and four pupils from Pulham, Dickleburgh and Newton Flotman primary schools. We hope many will come back and take part in the clubs summer hockey taster sessions in June’.
For more information email email@example.com. Our thanks go out to Lauren Goodswen the Sports Coordinator for the Harleston and Diss Primary school pyramid to enable this to happen.
If you fancy getting your kids involved in hockey, check out the summer taster courses running in June and July at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on their website at www.magpies-hockey.co.uk
The U18 girls arrived at the nest to face Reading in the Semi final of the England hockey U18 National Cup competition having previously defeated Leicester 5-1 in the quarter final.Magpies had to make changes to the team that played the quarter final, that gave the opportunity for four U16 girls to get a taste of a U18 National Semi final.
Reading started the game strongly, attacking the magpies goal at pace. On 5 mins Reading took the lead with a well struck shot. Magpies began to settle and started to find passes and create a couple of half chances themselves. With Reading breaking from midfield very quickly they doubled their lead on 18 mins following a short corner.As the half went on Magpies were gaining confidence and on the stroke of half time can count themselves unluckily to concede a third goal to go in at half time trailing 0-3.
After a positive team talk from coach Stu Field and captain Charlotte Seaman Magpies started the 2nd half with a belief that they were still in the game, the midfield were breaking up Readings attacks and magpies began creating chances. On 48 mins Mia King pulled a goal back and this was throughly deserved. Magpies had the momentum now and continued to press forward looking for another goal, after a good period of play the Reading goalkeeper made a very good save to stop Mia getting her 2nd goal and put Magpies back into the game. Typically 5 mins later Reading broke away and scored to make the score 1-4.
After 60 mins Charlotte took a full blown hit on her knee and could take no further part in the semi final, in the dying seconds Reading scored again to make the final score 1-5.
The girls can take a great deal of pride in the way they have played throughout this competition, beating Norwich City, Norwich Dragons, Chelmsford and Leicester in the Quarter final. During the campaign Magpies have scored 27 goals and only conceded 9 goals. The squad will lose a few of these players next season due to players becoming to old for the age group but with a great group of youngsters coming into the U18’s next season we will be hoping for another long run in the cup competition.
U18 girls semi final Squad.
Charlotte Seaman (Captain), Alice Gooch (gk), Grace Cresswell, Sophie Child, Aoife Lowe Davies, Alice Woollatt, Lauren Rowe, Tor Findlay, Olivia Locke, Mia King, Molly Warnes, Emily Woollatt, Amelia Herschel Shorland, Phoebe
The U18 girls made the long trip up to the East Midlands to face a Leicester team who had already brushed aside some of the big guns in that area. With a depleted squad, the 12 brave magpies faced up to a 20 player squad who were keen to impress their home support. The game started at a ferocious pace with both teams trading territory in the final third of the pitch, without any real threat. Charlie marshalled the defence well keeping the Leicester attack at bay and Grace threw some dangerous aerials to set up surprise counterattacks down the left. Our best chance came with Rose crashing a ball back post and the ball just evading Lauren’s reach. Leicester had a flurry of attacks and a couple of corners which were dealt with well by the Magpies defence and a couple of great saves by Alice G.
Magpies took first blood on the 20min mark after a great steal and counter attack. A ball across the circle popped up nicely for Abby who intuitively smashed the ball into the roof of the net on the volley. The home team rallied and put together some good attacks but solid defending from Lottie and Olivia in the middle kept them out of danger and they found little joy down their left hand side as numerous attacks were cut short by great team defence of Sophie and Rose. 1-0 at half time meant the game was still wide open.
During the break the girls discussed patient transfer on outlet and being more aggressive in the press and it was the latter that ultimately led to the Leicester collapse. Superbly led by Lauren, Alice and Tor up front and excellent support from Martha, Rose and Abby in behind.
5mins in and Abby bagged her second with a smart finish and 2mins later Lauren made it 3-0 with a superb diving finish around the GK. As Leicester pushed to stay in the game, gaps appeared and Magpies romped forward even to the extent that Charlie found herself playing pinball with the Leicester GK. Lauren added to her tally after a cleverly worked short corner with Lottie to make it 4-0 and the pair combined again with Lottie sliding back post to finish in an empty Leicester goal. Leicester got a consolation goal with 30sec to play but the damage was done.
The girls showed their class against a good opposition, particularly in their defensive intensity and how well they transitioned from press to attack. This is backed up by their 26 for and 4 against in their 4 matches so far in the competition. The road to the finals will only get tougher, but this team gets stronger every game and today they showed they are prepared to work hard for each other when the going gets tough. Excellent effort girls and your semi final place is truly deserved.
Today the U18 girls reached the quarter final of the England hockey National U18 girls Cup competition. They did this by beating Chelmsford 3-5 away.
Magpies had the better of the early play, putting Chelmsford under early pressure, Lauren Rowe won an early short Corner which went narrowly wide. Magpies were rewarded on 4 mins when Abby Gooderham scored to put Magpies 0-1 ahead. Magpies continued to play attacking hockey and forced several short corners, from which the Chelmsford keeper made excellent saves. On 20 mins Chelmsford drew level, this made Magpies rally together and after 25 mins excellent passing between Alice Woollatt and Tor Findlay resulted in Mia king finishing well to restore the lead. A 3rd goal after 29 mins was scored by Martha Lawrence to put Magpies 3-1 ahead at half time. In the 1st minute of the 2nd half Chelmsford caught out Magpies and scored to make the score 2-3 and put Chelmsford back into the game. On 44 mins Chelmsford equalised for the 2nd time in the game to make it 3-3. The defence of Charlotte Seaman, Grace Cresswell and Sophie Child fought hard to keep the scores level whilst Alice Gooch made important saves. Magpies went 3-4 ahead on 56 mins when Abby Gooderham scored her 2nd goal with a well struck short corner. Magpies pushed forward looking for another goal and on 62 mins Lottie Summers added the 5th from just inside the D with a powerfully struck shot to make the final score 3-5 to Magpies. This result puts Magpies into the quarter final on 11th March where they will meet Leicester Hockey Club.
Today the U18 girls won the East Regional indoor final at Aldenham school and have qualified forthe National finals at Whitgift school, Croydon over the weekend of January 20th/21st 2018. They did this by playing the Essex champions Old Loughtonians in the opening match and after going behind to an early goal Magpies won the game 5-3 with goals scored by Lauren Rowe x2, Martha Lawrence x2 and Tor Findlay.In their final game the girls played the Kent champions Canterbury, they started the game at a furious pace and after 10 minutes found themselves 5-0 ahead. They maintained this tempo throughout the game and finished the game 14-3 winners and are East Region Champions 2017. Goals scorers were Martha Lawrence x4, Lauren Rowe x3, Lottie Summers x2, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay, Aoife Lowe Davies, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Seaman
Magpies U18 girls started the 2017/18 England hockey cup competition with a home tie against Norwich City.
In glorious sunshine Magpies found themselves 2-0 ahead inside the first 10 minutes with 2 powerfully struck goals from Mia King. The majority of the first half play was in the Norwich half and from a short corner Grace Cresswell added a 3rd.
When City did break into the Magpies D Alice Gooch was in brilliant form to deny the Norwich strikers.
Just before half time Magpies added a 4th when good work by Tor Findlay was calmly finished by Anna Tighe. Half time 4-0.
Norwich started the second half as a more attacking threat. Good defending by Rose Winter, Charlotte Seaman, Grace Cresswell and Sophie Child meant there was no way through for City. On an energy sapping day the midfield of Olivia Locke, Alice Woollatt and Martha Lawrence put in a lot of hard work.
Magpies looked a constant threat of adding a 5th goal, but near misses and good goalkeeping denied Tor Findlay, Millie Preece, Mia King and Anna Tighe the chance to add to the first half score.
A positive result and performance with plenty to take forward into further rounds of the cup.
We had been given a home draw in the Quarter final of the U18 National cup competition against Beeston U18 girls who were the National champions for the last 3 years. Beeston made their long trip to Magpies with a squad that contained several England players and they started the game strongly.
Beeston had a lot of the play in the first 10 mins but magpies held firm and managed to keep the visitors at bay until the 15th minute when magpies defence was beaten by a wonderful individual goal from Beeston. The defence of Katie, Charlotte, Lauren and Sketch kept battling and made some crucial tackles.
Magpies kept trying to attack and good play between Tor and Anna resulted in Alice crossing to Abby and her shot was saved by the Beeston keeper. Beeston managed to have the majority of possession and finished the half 5-0 ahead.
After Rob and Lucy’s half time talk, magpies competed more and grew into the game in the 2nd half. Lauren made a good run into the Beeston D but just failed to hit the target.
Magpies started to force some short corners and Abby scored a well taken goal from one of these. this goal was deserved and credit to the girls that they continued to compete against a very well organised team, the final score was 7-1 to Beeston.
Magpies can take credit that they reached the last 8 of the National cup and in the previous 3 rounds had scored 27 goals also a lot of the squad will still be in same age group to compete again in next years competition.
We travelled to Whitgift school, South Croydon to play in the U18 girls indoor National final as East Champions. The girls knew we had to start well to give us a great chance of progressing to the final.
The first game was against the West champions and eventual winners Isca. We started strongly and at half time were leading 3-2. After the break in a frantic 2 minute period we found ourselves 5-3 behind. We kept pushing but despite pulling a goal back we lost the game 6-4. Magpies goal scorers were 2 x Lauren Rowe and 2 x Tor Findlay.
Next up were Wycombe who qualified as runners up from the South. This was a close hard fought game. The match finished 3-1 to Wycombe with Lauren Rowe scoring the magpies goal.
On Sunday we had a 9.35 am start against Beeston who were the Midlands champions. Both teams battled hard with both teams having some early chances. Beeston went 2-0 ahead midway through the 1st half, Lauren Rowe quickly scored to reduce the score to 2-1 but Beeston scored again and went in at half time 3-1 ahead. In a very even 2nd half both sides created chances but it was Beeston who scored again, the final score was 4-1 to Beeston.
The last Pool game and our last match was against the North runners up Brooklands. After 3 defeats the squad could have gone into this match with negative thoughts, but they have shown a great togetherness over the past few weeks and this was demonstrated by racing to a 4-0 lead in the first 8 mins. Magpies never let up and scored 3 more goals in the 2nd half. The match finished 7-2 to Magpies. Goal scorers were Lauren Rowe x 2, Sophie Child x 2, Tor Findlay x 2, Anna Tighe x 1.
The win in the last match wasn’t enough for us to progress to the Semi final, but we can be proud that each game was close and hopefully we can build on this ready for next year.
Unfortunately in the last match Olivia Locke broke her finger. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Squad : Alice Gooch (GK), Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay (captain), Sophie Child, Olivia Locke.
Coaches – Rob Sorrell + Nick McAllen
Manager – Andrew Woollatt
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HARLESTON MAGPIES U18 GIRLS ENJOY A SUPER SATURDAY.
Harleston Magpies won the Norfolk U18 girls indoor hockey final and qualified for the East regional final which took place on Saturday 17th December 2016 at Essex university. Magpies had five games to play against teams from Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Cambridgeshire with the top two teams qualifying for the National final which takes over the weekend of 21st/22nd January 2017.
Harleston’s first match was against Canterbury who were representing Kent. Magpies won the opening game 2-0 with goals from Sophie Child and Lauren Rowe.
The next match was against St Albans representing Herefordshire and after Magpies going a goal behind won the match 2-1, goals scored by Sophie Child and the winner from Charlotte Seaman.
Our third match was against neighbouring Suffolk rivals Ipswich, goals from Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe and Sophie Child meant we won the match 4-2.
Three games played and with two games remaining Magpies knew they had a great chance to qualify for the U18 girls National indoor hockey final in Croydon on 21st/22nd January 2017 and next up to play was Peterborough representing Cambridgeshire. Magpies played some great attacking hockey and won the game 7-1, goal scorers were Lauren Rowe 4, Anna Tighe 2 and Sophie Child.
Alice Gooch was having a good afternoon in goal for Magpies and the whole team were growing in confidence as the competition went on. The final game was against Old Loughtonions from Essex who also went into this match knowing a positive result would send them through to the National final.
Magpies started the game strongly and soon went 1-0 ahead thanks to a goal from Lauren Rowe, this was soon followed by the best goal of the afternoon when a slick passing move involving all five outfield players was finished by Anna Tighe. Anna then added a third and Katie Crawford completed a fantastic afternoon by scoring the fourth goal and securing a 4-0 win. Magpies finished the afternoon with the proud record of played 5, won 5 and finished U18 girls indoor hockey East champions.
Magpies will now represent the East region at the National final.
Harleston Magpies squad: Victoria Findlay (captain), Alice Gooch (GK), Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Sophie Child.
We travelled to play Norwich City in the 3rd round of the England hockey U18 cup knowing that we had to maintain our concentration throughout the game to avoid a repeat of our penalty flick win a fortnight ago.
Magpies started strongly and Abby Gooderham powerfully opened the scoring after 5 minutes.
We never looked back and by half time we were 5-0 ahead.
Rob changed the formation in the 2nd half and magpies started the half like they finished the 1st and soon went 6-0 ahead thanks to Holly Thomsen scoring from Lauren Rowe cross.
This was a excellent team performance and Tor Findlay scored the 15th goal to complete the scoring after good work by Alice Woollatt on the right.
We are now through to the Quarter final which we have been drawn at home against Beeston on Sunday 19th February.
Hanna De Selincourt
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Magpies started the game very strongly, forcing the play into the Dereham half and we soon went 0-1 ahead when a good cross from Phoebe Preece was finished well by Alice Woollatt. This gave us the perfect start and we continued to attack and after 10 minutes Hannah De Selincourt made it 0-2 to Magpies.
Magpies were using the width of the pitch well, causing Dereham problems in defence. After 20 minutes Abby Gooderham made it 0-3 to Magpies finishing powerfully. Just before halftime Dereham got a lifeline, when Magpies were down to 10 players they pulled a goal back making the halftime score 1-3.
Midway through the second half Dereham scored to make it 2-3, Magpies couldn’t get going as they did in the first half, but they still managed to test the Dereham keeper. In the final minute of the game Dereham scored to make it 3-3 and sent the game into penalty flicks.
After 5 flicks each the score was level at 3-3, we went into sudden death and after Anna Tighe scored from her flick Alice Gooch saved a Dereham flick to win the match for Magpies and put us into the 3rd round.
The penalty flick scorers were: Abby Gooderham x2, Charlotte Seaman X2, Hannah De Selincourt and Anna Tighe.
Squad: Alice Gooch, Sophie Child, Phoebe Preece, Charlotte Seaman, Olivia Locke (captain), Abby Gooderham, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay, Hannah De Selincourt, Holly Thomsen, Georgie Warren, Katie Crawford.
We had two games to play at Essex university, the first was against Old Loughtonians, we were a goal down after 30 seconds but this didn’t have a negative affect, we quickly equalised through Kara Kilbourn and went 2-1 ahead from an Ellie Tennant goal. In a end to end game Old Loughts equalised and took a 2-3 lead. In the final 5 minutes Kara scored again to make it 3-3 then Phoebe Preece grabbed the winner but we had to thank Phoebe for taking a nasty blow on her face to stop a goal and Lucie Gooch for saving a penalty flick in the final seconds to secure a 4-3 win.
A draw would have been enough to qualify for the Nationals or worst scenario avoid defeat by 3 goals or more in our final game against Canterbury. Canterbury lost their game against Old Loughts but they played very well against us quickly taking a 3-0 lead but we pulled it back to 3-2 with goals from Kara and Ellie only to see
Canterbury score 4 second half goals to beat us into 2nd place on goal difference.
Lucie Gooch, Phoebe Preece, Katie Woollatt, Alice Woollatt, Ellie Tennant, Kara Kilbourn, Sophie Child, Joy Andrews, Izzy Knowles, Olivia Locke.
We started the game slowly as Havering pushed us back. The defence of Phoebe Preece, Katie Woollatt, Joy Andrews and Verity Tomson held firm and we began to settle and play some good hockey. Maria Andrews opened the scoring and this was quickly followed by a well taken goal by Kara Kilbourn. Havering managed to pull a goal back before half time.
We started the second half strongly and we soon went 3-1 up then 4-1 ahead. Havering were restricted to limited shots on goal, but when they did Lucie Gooch made some good saves.
Kara Kilbourn completed her hatrick following good attacking Magpie play. And Maria Andrews also completed her hatrick following a weaving run past three Havering players, then unleashing a powerful reverse shot from just inside the D high into the Havering net.
Magpies Girls managed to secure 1st place in the National Plate Competition on an eventful day at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park.
Magpies semi-final against Plymouth Marjon started at a frenetic pace. Magpies weathered early pressure and gradually settled before continually taking the game to the opposition. Midway through the first half Catherine Kilbourn scored her trademark goal sweeping in from close range after fine work from Amy Campbell. This goal proved crucial and although Magpies had further chances to seal the match a fine last minute save from young goalkeeper Millie Norman enabled Magpies to scramble the ball away and secure a place in the final.
With a five hour break Magpies had plenty of time to prepare for the final which was against hot favourites Reading who had played very attacking hockey in defeating Alderley Edge 2 – 0.
Again Reading started with real pace and dominated early possession. Magpies battled back, however, for every ball and managed to take the lead after a short corner was deflected in by Campbell.
Reading equalised soon after with a fine strike from a corner. With half time approaching, Magpies were dealt a blow when captain Kira Wooltorton dislocated her right knee and had to leave the field.
Play eventually resumed and with Magpies regrouping they scored what proved to be the decisive goal with Kilbourn again finishing after another strong run from Campbell. Resolute defending, excellent goal keeping and counter attacks enabled Magpies to hold out and secure a 2 – 1 victory during a frantic second half. With Reading firing a last minute corner wide of the goal, the final whistle was met with high emotion and jubilation.
Kira Wooltorton (captain), Amy Campbell (vice-captain), Millie Norman (GK), Joy Andrews, May Bowden, Sophie Meynell-Anderson, Ellie Tennant, Maria Andrews, Katie Woollatt, Kara Kilbourn, Catherine Kilbourn, Emily McCluskey, Imogen Meynell-Anderson, David Brook (coach), Nigel Wooltorton (manager).
Harleston Magpies U18 Girls Magpies 3 Ipswich 3 (3-2 to Ipswich after penalty strokes)
For the third year running Magpies were drawn against Ipswich.
Although having managed to win the two previous encounters this was a much changed Magpies side that took to the field with only 3 players left from last seasons successful squad.
Magpies girls started off brightly with many attacks down the right hand side from Amy Campbell linking up with Laura Bailey.
The first goal went to Magpies with a great deflection from Katie Woollatt after a fine run from Ellie Tennant.
Ipswich equalised 5 minutes later but this did not deter the Magpies girls and with relentless work rate from the midfield and a fantastic run down the right wing from Campbell, Kara Kilbourn was able to sweep the ball in the goal.
Ipswich pressed high but May Bowden, Nicole Eaves and Krystal Jenkins were resilient in defence. Ipswich again equalised after the ball was slipped through to their centre forward who’s lifted shot flew into the net.
A sisterly link up from Joy and Maria Andrews allowed Kara to slip a ball through to Catherine Kilbourn who finished giving Magpies the lead with 10 minutes to go
With 2 minutes left Ipswich managed to win a short corner of which they scored with a push in on the right post.
Final score 3-3.
After 5 flicks each the score was 2- 2. Finally Ipswich scored the decisive sudden death flick
Unfortunately Magpies had lost 3-2 on flicks. Magpies will now play in the Plate Competition on the 5th of October.
Credit to all the girls for their hard work and determination today.
Team: Kira Wooltorton (capt), Jess Harvey (GK), Amy Campbell, Maria Andrews, Kara Kilbourn, Eleanor Tennant, Laura Bailey, May Bowden, Nicole Eaves, Katie Woollatt, Krystal Jenkins, Catherine Kilbourn and Joy Andrews.
Back row: Holly Baker, Georgie Minta, Catriona McIver, Catherine Kilbourn,
Emily Brown, Lizzie Jones, Phoebe Charnley
Front row: Jemima Jacobs, Amy Campbell, Frankie Eaves, Kira Wooltorton,
Rachel Herod, Sarah Brook, Katherine Ridley
Magpies semi final vs a very strong Beeston side was a high quality match played at a very quick tempo. Magpies started very well, dominating the first 15 minutes. We had 3 great chances to score but failed to capitalise. A couple of turnovers in midfield led to 2 quick Beeston goals before half time. A few changes were made and Magpies fought very hard to score twice in the second half – both from penalty corners. The 1st a deflection on the post by Amy and the 2nd a straight shot by Sarah. However, Beeston also scored 2 more to put themselves into the final.
Magpies then played ISCA (from Exeter) for the Bronze medals. Magpies again started well creating a host of chances. ISCA scored midway through the 1st half from their only shot on target in the whole match. The 2nd half was constant pressure on the ISCA goal. There were scrambles off the line, open goals missed and a post hit (by Sarah from a corner). To the relief of Magpies noisy band of supporters, an equaliser came from a short corner forced over the line by Catherine K. Further chances followed in the last few minutes but Magpies had to settle for a draw and a penalty shoot out.
The drama continued with Magpies going: goal, miss, goal, miss, goal from their 5 attempts. ISCA also had 2 shots well saved by Phoebe to take us into sudden death.
ISCA went first and scored, followed by an excellent flick by Lizzie Jones. Phoebe then pulled off a great save. Sarah Brook then stepped up to score her 2nd flick to give Magpies the Bronze medals.
Magpies U18 girls had to really batle to get a result vs Dereham in the 3rd round of the Cup.
After comfortable wins in rounds 1 and 2 Magpies had to play without 4 girls away with the 1st team and their injured captain Sarah Brook.
Fortunately Magpies have great strength in depth in this age group. Holy Baker has been in good form for the 2nd team recently and dominated midfield alongside Catriona McIver.
Kira, Frankie and May defended well and Rachel Herod was working very hard upfront. Despite dominating the first quarter of the game, Magpies could not get a clear shot at goal. Kira eventually put away a PC after 19 minutes. This was followed by another PC goal by Emily Brown after 28 mins to give Magpies a 2-0 half time lead.
The 2nd half was a more even contest with Dereham putting Magpies under a lot of pressure. In the end Magpies got the result they were looking for and a route into the quarter finals.
Like last year, Magpies have been drawn against Leicester in the last 8. This time, though, Magpies are at home – and looking forward to a great opportunity to get to the Nationals (last 4 teams) again.
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