The Wallace High School Under 14 Girls’ hockey squad produced a magnificent team performance last week , defeating Methodist College Belfast by 4 – 0 in the third round of the Junior Schools’ Cup.
A home draw, the match was played on the Wallace girls’ training pitch, the water based astro at Lisnagarvey.
Wallace began their attack from the whistle and were close to scoring within the opening minutes. However MCB were quick to counter attack, however excellent work from Wallace’s sweeper Rebecca Poots, left back Rachel McCutcheon and centre back Rebekah Nelson ensured that the ball was calmly cleared from the danger zone. As the players overcame their pre match nerves and began to settle into the game the midfield of Emily Burden, Sophie McClean and Caroline Davis began to dominate proceedings. Right wing Tanya Surgeon opened the scoring after eight minutes of play.
Wallace continued to attack down the right with Right back Lauren Burton making several breaks from defence. The MCB defence was continuously stretched and it was not long before Wallace’s Sarah Montgomery scored the second goal. The third goal came from a tremendous break down the right from Caroline Davis, who, having dodged several players, played the ball through to Sarah Montgomery at the top of the circle for an instant score, leaving the half time score 3- 0 .
The Clonevin Park girls continued their style of good strong attacking hockey after the break, with Sarah Montgomery scoring her third goal soon into the second half. MCB hit the post in the dying minutes of the game but Goal keeper Amy Stevenson reacted quickly to keep a clean sheet.
It is virtually impossible to single out a player of the match as this was clearly a superb team performance, with every Wallace girl playing to, if not succeeding, her potential.
Special mention however must go to Sarah Montgomery for scoring a hat trick at centre back and Rebekah Nelson for marking the MCB centre forward out of the game.
All at Wallace wish the girls well for their quarter final match, as well as their forthcoming tour to England .
Last modified: October 16, 2007