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L1s down Wildcats whilst M1s narrowly lose – Weekend Review – 10th November

L1s 2-1 Western Wildcats L1s (K Belch, H Howie)

Clydesdale Western 1st XI moved up to second in Women’s National Division One following a late win against fellow league challengers, Western Wildcats Ladies 1s in a late pass back at Titwood.

In a very open game, the home side opened the scoring when Karin Belch brought down a lifted pass at the far post before dispatching with a flicked shot into the Wildcats net.  Wildcats responded, however, when a forward picked up the ball slightly left of centre before travelling into the circle and sending a shot past L1s ‘keeper Jessica Buchanan.

With the game swinging this way and that, both teams struggled to find the finishing touch until ten minutes from time.  Heather Howie’s reverse stick shot – her eighth goal of the season – regained ‘Dale Western’s advantage.  Despite a push from the visitors, the home side held firm to take all three points.

Clydesdale Western now move above Western Wildcats into second place in WNL 1, and sit three points off league leaders, Edinburgh University – ‘Dale Western and Uni face each other next Saturday.

M1s 0-2 Western Wildcats M1s

Match sponsor – Ali Robertson

Clydesdale Men’s 1s run of losses extended to four games after they narrowly lost to Western Wildcats Men’s 1s despite an encouraging performance at a rain soaked Titwood.

The visitors scored a goal in each half through Andrew McConnell and Matt McGinley but the home side will have felt extremely hard done by after creating a number of chances in both halves.

Wildcats goalkeeper, Gavin Sommerville made crucial saves from penalty corner routines by both Chris McFadden and Andrew Allan.  Sommerville was beaten, however, by forward Struan Walker but the youngster was denied with his shot in the second half crashing back off the left hand of post of the Wildcats goal.  Despite a professional approach right until the final whistle from Clydesdale, the visitors ensured it was ultimately another frustrating day at the office for the home side in a miserable day weather wise.

The result sees Clydesdale drop to 7th in Men’s National Division One, seven points away from a top four spot.

M2s 1-2 Edinburgh University 2s (N Fulton); M3s 3-1 Dumfries 1s (C Gambles (2), A Bleach); M4s 0-2 Kelburne 5s; M5s P-P Dumfries 2s

L2s 5-0 Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s (H Lang (2), A Ballantyne, R McGregor, N Harkness); L3s 2-2 Uddingston 1s (R Whittle (2)); L4s 2-2 GHK 2s (A Winter, A Sandhu); L5s 3-2 Loch Lomond 1s (L Halley (2), Em Murray); L6s 1-3 East Kilbride 2s (R Brewer)

Heather Lang continued her return from long term injury to produce a two goal performance in a 5-0 win away to Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s for the L2s.  Annabel Ballantyne, Rhona McGregor and Naomi Harkness scored the other goals as the L2s continue to rebuild their season in Women’s Championship Division One – they now sit in third place with two games in hand.  The L3s picked up a point in the same league away to league challengers, Uddingston 1s.  Rachel Whittle, like Lang, scored two goals in a 2-2 draw.  The L4s produced the same scoreline in their Women’s West District Division One clash at home to GHK 2s.  Goals from Anna Winter and Aaliyah Sandhu sees the L4s move up to fourth in the league.  The latest of wins came at Hermitage Academy when a Lauren Halley goal seconds from time in the L5s match against Loch Lomond 1s gave Trish Lonergan’s side a 3-2 win.  Halley added to her first goal in the match, whilst Emma Murray grabbed the other as the L5s sit comfortably in sixth place in Women’s West District Division Two.  The L6s lost 3-1 away to East Kilbride 2s – with Rachel Brewer scoring for the L6s.

The M2s, again, produced another superb performance of grit and determination when they hosted Men’s Regional Division One’s runaway leaders, Edinburgh University 2s.  But they were ultimately left wandering what could have been after losing 2-1.  Despite a competitive first half, Uni scored a penalty corner minutes before half time.  The second half saw the M2s have more possession and win more penalty corners but they were lacking in composure to score at the moment in time.  So much so, Uni capitalised on a ‘Dale corner to counter attack and score their second goal when a forward found space near the penalty spot to slot home.  Neil Fulton did convert a short corner minutes from time, but it was all too late as the M2s remain 9th in Men’s Regional One.  The M3s jumped up to fourth in Men’s West District Division 1A as they beat Dumfries 1s 3-1 at home.  Colin Gambles’ long overdue return produced two goals whilst veteran Ali Bleach scored the other.  The M4s lost in Titwood’s first pass back of the day, losing out 2-0 to Kelburne’s 5s.  The M5s away trip to Dumfries 2s had to be postponed as overnight rain left Dumfries’ home pitch waterlogged on Saturday.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Weekend Preview – 10th November

Not long left before outdoor hockey pauses over the indoor/winter/Christmas period, but all eleven teams are in action including both 1s teams at home in mouthwatering clashes.

L1s vs. Western Wildcats L1s (5.30pm, H)

Clydesdale Western 1st XI will hope to continue their pursuit of top spot in Women’s National Division One when they welcome fellow league challengers, Western Wildcats Ladies 1s from 5.30pm at Titwood.

Following three league wins on the trot, the L1s are now firmly back in their bid to claim top spot of WNL 1 by the end of the season.  The girls sit 3rd on 19 points, three points behind league leaders, Edinburgh University.  Wildcats sit in 2nd on 20 points, albeit having played a game more than ‘Dale Western and Uni but will have their own agenda when the two sides meet in the final passback of the day at Titwood.

As far as personnel goes, Clydesdale Western have no new injury concerns or absences, with Ali Howie (knee) and Anna Hoolaghan (ankle) still out with long term injuries.  Jen Eadie is unavailable due to her involvement with the Great Britain Elite Development Programme (GB EDP) in China.

M1s vs. Western Wildcats M1s (4.00pm, H)

Match sponsor – Ali Robertson

Clydesdale Men’s 1s will hope to shake off their run of three straight home league defeats when they take on fierce rivals, Western Wildcats Men’s 1s at Titwood from 4.30pm.

The M1s hopes of a top four finish come the end of the season have been dented in the past few weeks following home losses to Grove Menzieshill, Hillhead and Watsonians.  The boys currently sit 6th in Men’s National Division One on 11 points, four points off a top four spot.  Western, are one of three teams who are four points clear of ‘Dale and will hope to continue their form in a bid to catch league leaders, Grange.

No major changes for the M1s who will hope Struan Walker – the major plus to ‘Dale’s season so far – will be on top form to add to his 12 goals in all competitions already this season.

M2s vs. Edinburgh University 2s (2.30pm, H); M3s vs. Dumfries 1s (1.00pm, H); M4s vs. Kelburne 5s (11.30am, H); M5s vs. Dumfries 2s (2.30pm, A)

L2s vs. Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s (1.30pm, A); L3s vs. Uddingston 1s (1.30pm, A); L4s vs. GHK 2s (3.00pm, H – HGS); L5s vs. Loch Lomond 1s (2.15pm, A); L6s vs. East Kilbride 2s (3.00pm, A)

The Men’s 4s will begin the card of games at Titwood from 11.30am when they play Kelburne 5s.  The M3s and M5s will play both of Dumfries senior men’s teams in different locations.  The M3s play at home after the M4s from 1.00pm against Dumfries 1s, whilst the M5s travel to play Dumfries 2s at 2.30pm.  From 2.30pm at Titwood, the M2s face Men’s Regional Division One leaders, Edinburgh University 2s.  The two sides faced each other less than a week ago in the Men’s Scottish District Cup – with Uni 2s prevailing on penalty flicks following an intense 3-3 draw.

The ladies teams are all away, bar the L4s who host GHK 2s at Hutchesons’ Grammar School from 3.00pm.  The L3s will visit Women’s Championship Division One league leaders, Uddingston 1s from 1.30pm.  At the same time and in the same league, the L2s play away to Waverley Inveresk Trinity 1s.  The L5s will travel to Helensburgh to take on Loch Lomond 1s from 2.15pm, and the L6s visit East Kilbride 2s for a 3.00pm PB at Duncanrig High School.

As mentioned earlier, not long to go until the break so put in your best effort for your respective teams!

Photo credit: Donald Amour

L1s beat L3s in Scottish Cup, L2s through, M2s out – Weekend Review – 4th November

L1s 2-1 L3s (E McGregor, Z Mason; R Whittle) – Women’s Scottish Cup Round 2

Clydesdale Western 1s narrowly beat a dogged Clydesdale Western 3s to secure a passage into the next round of the Women’s Scottish Cup.

In a first half domination, the L1s took the lead through Emma McGregor.  But despite numerous chances, the L1s struggled to breakdown a solid rearguard from the L3s featuring veterans Sheena McKelvie and Lizzie Sturrock.  When they were beaten however, the L3s were indebted to a string of wonderful saves from young goalkeeper Cara McCallister.

The L1s were kept at bay for large parts of the tie through a strong defensive L3s unit. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

The L1s eventually doubled their lead when a shot from Zara Mason crept over the line to seemingly send the L1s into the next round without sweat.

Zara Mason (pictured in orange) had chances first half as shown, but settled the game in second half with a second L1s goal. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

The game was kept alive, when the L3s kept possession high up the pitch before Rachel Whittle sent a shot expertly into the corner.  Despite this goal, the L3s could not force an equaliser as the L1s comfortably saw out the final knockings of the game.

Despite numerous chances, the L1s were kept at bay through the saves of young L3s ‘keeper, Cara McCallister. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

M2s 3-3 Edinburgh University 2s -Edinburgh University 2s won 4-3 on PFs – (S Lindsay (2), A Ingram) – Men’s Scottish District Cup Round 2

Clydesdale Men’s 2s were agonisingly knocked out of the Men’s Scottish District Cup on penalty flicks following a pulsating 3-3 draw with Edinburgh University 2s at Titwood.

Uni 2s are top of Men’s Regional Division One having won eight and losing one of their nine league games.  This included a 5-2 win over the M2s three weeks before.  And when the away side opened the scoring in the first minute through a reverse stick shot that went high into the corner, you would have been forgiven for thinking similar was to come.  But the home side fought hard, which was a sign of things to come, when they equalised through Scott Lindsay’s close range finish.  Uni 2s regained their lead when a forward also scored from close range despite the efforts of ‘keeper Gordon Clark who almost made an astonishing save.

M2s Fraser Hirst shielding the ball in a frantic finish to the contest. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

The M2s were guilty of missed chances, most notably Jeetinder Berman who failed to convert a pass to the back post early in the second half.  And this looked to be costly when Uni 2s doubled their lead midway through the second half.  The home side then showed a grit and determination that, apart from their 7-2 win against Inverleith the previous day, had been missing throughout the season to force two goals back.  A penalty corner was deflected in by Alex Ingram before Lindsay won and converted a penalty flick moments later.

Scott Lindsay scoring his second of the game from the spot to level at 3-3. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

The equaliser saw the game finish with frantic emotions as both sides tried valiantly to score a late winner but ultimately failing to do so and thus sending the tie to flicks.  Despite Clark’s super save from Uni 2s first penalty, the home side missed two after and sadly lost 4-3 on PFs.

L2s 3-0 Watsonians 2s (H Lang (2), A Ballantyne) – Women’s Scottish Plate Round 2

Clydesdale Western 2s won away to Watsonians 2s to book a place in the next round of the Women’s Scottish Plate.

A brace from Heather Lang and a single goal Annabel Ballantyne gave the L2s a hard fought win.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

L1s up to third, M1s suffer second half hammering – Weekend Review – 3rd November

M1s 1-5 Watsonians M1s (S Walker)

Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI lost their third league game in a row as they suffered a second half capitulation at home to Watsonians.

A dominant first half from the M1s brought them a deserved lead when Struan Walker – fresh from his two week absence – picked up a pass to right of the penalty circle before smacking in his 12th goal of the season literally seconds before half time.

Watsonians, however, responded within minutes of the restart when a forward drove the baseline before his cutback to a fellow forward saw him convert from close range. The away side then stunned the home side with three more goals in the space of two second half minutes. A forward found a break of the ball before rounding Sean Mahoney and reversing in to give Watsonians the lead. The lead was doubled through a penalty flick sent low past Mahoney’s right hand side and the fourth goal saw a sweeping move from left to right finishing with a pass from the right to left for a simple tap in at the back post.

The away side completed ‘Dale’s misery by adding a fifth when a forward’s attempted shot was batted in low by a fellow unmarked teammate. Despite a few chances at the end for the M1s – most notably from Walker – Watsonians held on, leaving Clydesdale stuck on eleven points and in sixth place of Men’s National Division One.

L1s 3-1 Watsonians L1s (H Howie (2), A Eadie)

Heather Howie kept up her fine form in front of goal as her brace helped move Clydesdale Western up to third in Women’s National Division One following their second half comeback against Watsonians at Peffermill.

The L1s would have been keen to avoid any upset similar to last season’s 1-0 defeat back in March, which ultimately saw the girls miss out on the WNL 1 title. And those memories may have come flooding back when they went in at half time 1-0 down.

But ‘Dale Western responded magnificently, with Howie’s goalscoring purple patch producing another two goals to take her up to seven for the season in all competitions. Ali Eadie got the other goal as the L1s took all three points back to Glasgow. Results elsewhere means Clydesdale Western move up to third in the league table, three points off top spot, Edinburgh University.

M2s 7-2 Inverleith 2s (C Crawford (3), Fraser Hirst (2), B Paul, S Lindsay); M3s 1-2 Rottenrow 1s (C Oliver); M4s 3-0 Greenock 2s (O Gould (2), R Bradley); M5s 1-4 Oban 1s (L Forsyth)

L2s 3-1 Stirling University 1s (H Lang, H MacDonald, I MacIntyre-Beon); L3s 4-2 Grove Menzieshill 2s (H Walker (3), A Rasul); L4s 0-3 Glasgow Accies 1s; L5s 3-1 Ferguslie 1s (K Stobo, L Anderson, A Bonner)

In the rest of Saturday’s games, the M2s finally won their first league game of the season in Men’s Regional Division One, beating Inverleith at Titwood.  Both sides went in to the game with eight out of eight games lost.  The M2s recovered from going an early goal down to win 7-2. Ciaran Crawford continued his return to hockey with a hattrick.  Fraser Hirst chipped in with a brace whilst Blair Paul and Scott Lindsay scored the others.  The M3s lost 2-1 at home to Rottenrow 1s in Men’s West District Division One.  This was after Conor Oliver had cancelled out a Rottenrow opener, but the away side struck late to take the points.  The M4s won 3-0 away to Greenock 2s – Owen Gould scoring a brace and captain Russell Bradley grabbing the other.  Despite youngster Logan Forsyth scoring his first ever senior goal, the M5s lost 4-1 at Hutchesons’ Grammar School to Oban 1s.

The L2s rebuilding of a shaky start to their Women’s Championship Division One campaign continued as they beat Stirling University 3-1 at home through goals from Heather Lang, Hannah MacDonald and Iona MacIntyre-Beon.  Helen Walker scored a treble in the L3s 4-2 away win over Grove Menzieshill – Aisha Rasul scored the other goal.  The L4s lost 3-0 at Glasgow Accies, but the L5s picked up all three points as Kirstin Stobo, Lucy Anderson and Anais Bonner scored a goal each in a 3-1 win over Ferguslie 1s at Hutchesons’ Grammar School.

Have a read at our ‘Weekend Review’ from Sunday’s cup contests – just click here.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Weekend Preview – 4th November

Before reviewing Saturday’s league matches, we will preview our Sunday matches before releasing a bigger ‘Weekend Review’ on Monday.

L1s vs. L3s (2.30pm, H) – Women’s Scottish Cup Round 2

Clydesdale Western’s 1st and 3rd XI go head-to-head in the Second Round of the Women’s Scottish Cup, from 2.30pm at Titwood.

The L1s saw off GHK 1s 4-2 back in September thanks to goals from Emma McGregor (two), Anna Hoolaghan and Georgia Smith. The L3s picked up a huge scalp when they beat Kelburne 1s 3-1 at Glasgow Green – Gill Green scoring a brace whilst Helen Walker grabbed the other.

The L1s – who were Women’s Scottish Plate winners for 2017-18 – will need to be on their best form to see of an L3s side who reached the Quarter Finals of the competition last season.

M2s vs. Edinburgh University 2s (1.00pm, H) – Men’s Scottish District Cup Round 2

Clydesdale Men’s 2s face a tough task when they host Edinburgh University 2s from 1.00pm in the Second Round of the Men’s Scottish District Cup.

The M2s qualified for the Second Round following a colossal 14-0 win away to Madras College FP 1s, which saw Colin Moulson score six goals in the First Round. Their opponents, Edinburgh Uni 2s saw off fellow rivals, Glasgow University 7-3 in the same round.

The two sides have already met in Men’s Regional Division One already, with Uni securing a 5-2 win three weeks ago.

L2s vs. Watsonians 2s (2.30pm, A) – Women’s Scottish Plate Round One

Clydesdale Western 2s begin life in the Women’s Scottish Plate when they visit Edinburgh to play Watsonians 2s at 2.30pm.

The L2s almost provided arguably the biggest shock in history of the Women’s Scottish Cup when they took holders, Edinburgh University to penalty strokes following a 1-1 draw.  Uni, however, went on to win the shootout and send the L2s into the Plate where they will face Watsonians 2s following a 4-1 loss to Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s.

The two sides have also played each other in Women’s Championship Division One this season, with L2s winning 3-2 at home.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir