Last week was a particularly exciting and busy one for boys’ hockey players in The Wallace High School. The Under 14XI played FSL in the Ferris Cup Final whilst four Wallace junior sides also played their FSL counterparts, three of these matches in the Blaris Shield. At senior level, the Wallace boys went on tour to Edinburgh.
The Ferris Cup final proved to be disappointing for the Clonevin Park players, as they lost 1 – 3 to their local rivals. This game was played in front of a large crowd at a sun splashed Lisnagarvey and things looked promising for Wallace as they went in to half time at 1- 0 up, with the goal coming from Mathew Murphy. Indeed, this scoreline could have been even greater in Wallace’s favour as they had two potential goals disallowed , one hit form outside the circle and the other for an infringement in the circle.
Wallace had also dominated both territory and possession but were unable to penetrate the FSL rearguard. Into the second half and ther was a definite change in the game. In the first half Wallace had looked composed and in control yet in the second nerves seemed to set in. It would also be fair to say that FSL played extremely well , posing a considerable threat down the right hand side , scoring three back post goals from right wing crosses. Wallace did create some chances: Stephen Hunter’s hard struck shot , rebounded off the post , but overall it has to be said this was a game of two halves.
It was difficult to console the Wallace players at the end of the match as they had entered the game as slight favourites, having lost only one other game all season. .hopefully next year, with the same level of enthusiasm and commitment they can fulfil their potential and win the Richardson cup.
Last modified: October 16, 2007