Still a few games of hockey to be played which includes the Men’s 1st team in action.
M1s vs. Western Wildcats 1s (1.00pm, A)
Clydesdale Men’s 1s will hope to finish the first half of the season off with a win that could take them into a top four Play-Off spot in Men’s National Division One when they visit Auchenhowie to take on Western Wildcats from 1.00pm.
The M1s got their season back on track last weekend after their 2-1 win at home to Edinburgh University stopped a rot of four straight losses.The three points saw Clydesdale move up to sixth in MNL 1, a point and a game behind Hillhead, who sit in fourth place.
Western Wildcats, on the other hand, will hope a win can keep up their bid to be champions come the end of the outdoor season.The Milngavie side are second in MNL 1 – courtesy of a better goal difference – and sit five points and a game behind league leaders, Grange.
‘Dale and Western only played each other a fortnight ago, with the latter succeeding in a 2-0 away win.But the M1s will have fond memories of playing at Auchenhowie of late, especially after their late 2-1 win back in March which saw David Nairn take centre stage with two goals.
M3s vs. GHK 1s (2.00pm, H); M4s vs. Hillhead 6s (12.30pm, H); M5s vs. Ayr 2s (2.30pm, A)
L2s vs. Grove Menzieshill 2s (5.00pm, H); L3s vs. Edinburgh University 3s (2.30pm, A); L3s vs. L2s (3.30pm, H – Sunday); L4s vs. Troon 1s (3.30pm, H); L5s vs. Uddingston 2s (3.00pm, H – HGS); L6s vs. Troon 2s (1.30pm, H – HGS); L6s vs. GHK 3s (2.00pm, H – Sunday)
In the rest of our Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western teams in action, the L2s and L3 have double headers this weekend.On Saturday, the L2s – who are hoping to keep pace with the leading teams in Women’s Championship Division One – are at home to Grove Menzieshill 2s from 5.00pm.In the same league, the L3s are at Peffermill to play Edinburgh University 3s, 2.30pm PB.The two Clydesdale Western teams then face off against each other on Sunday from 3.30pm.The L6s also have two games over the weekend, both at home starting with Troon 2s on Saturday (1.30pm) before taking on GHK 3s on Sunday (2.00pm).The L4s and L5s have home fixtures on Saturday against Troon 1s (3.30pm) and Uddingston 2s (3.00pm) respectively.
In the men’s fixtures, the M3s are at home to GHK 1s, 2.00pm PB at home.The M4s play Titwood’s first passback of the day at 12.30pm against Hillhead 6s.The M5s complete the men’s games on Saturday when they visit Ayr 2s from 2.30pm.
L1s 10-0 Glasgow University 1s (M Brown (2), L Sabatelli (2), H Howie (2), J Eadie, F Lonergan, L Mann, A Logan)
Clydesdale Western 1st XI crucially thrashed Glasgow University 1s at Glasgow Green to go top of Women’s National Division One on goal difference.
‘Dale Western knew a colossal margin would take themselves above Edinburgh University going into the indoor season following their 1-0 win over the champions the previous day. And the girls duly delivered an emphatic goal scoring performance – doubling a 5-0 lead at half time to finish with double figures and no concessions.
The goals were spread around the team as there were doubles for Millie Brown, Lexi Sabatelli and Heather Howie. Jen Eadie, Frances Lonergan, Laura Mann And Anna Logan also scored a goal each to help Clydesdale Western overtake Edinburgh Uni in WNL 1. Goal difference is level but the girls ten goal win sees them with four more goals scored after eleven games, meaning they now hold top spot going into the indoor season.
L2s 3-2 Grove Menzieshill 2s (H Lang, A Ballantyne, H MacDonald); L3s 2-3 Watsonians 2s (H Walker, A Sherwood); L4s P-P Loch Lomond 1s – Women’s West District Cup Round Two; L5s 2-0 Uddingston 3s (L Halley, R Murray) – Women’s West District Plate Round One
The L2s and L3s suffered contrasting 3-2 score lines in Women’s Championship Division One. The L2s brought themselves back in to the league title picture as they won away to Grove Menzieshill 2s – goals coming from Heather Lang, Annabel Ballantyne and Hannah MacDonald. Goals from L3s players Helen Walker and Alice Sherwood were not enough as their side lost away to Watsonians 2s and severely dented their outside chances of mounting a league challenge.
In the Women’s West District Cup and Plate competitions, the L4s and Loch Lomond 1s agreed to play their Round Two fixture in the Cup at a later date, whilst the L5s entered Round Two of the Plate following a 2-0 win away to Uddingston 3s – a goal each came from Lauren Halley and Rosalind Murray.
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Clydesdale Western closed the gap at the top of Women’s National Division One following their narrow win against champions Edinburgh University Ladies 1s at Titwood.
A win would have meant the L1s would draw level with the student side at the top of WNL 1 – Uni would still be in the lead via a better goal difference.
The game itself brought out contrasting tactics as the visitors looked to take the game right from the off to ‘Dale Western with a full press. The home side on the other hand were content to play a half court system designed to hit the students on the counter attack.
Just after ten minutes in to the opening period was when ‘Dale Western struck. Following the award of a penalty corner, stand-in captain Frances Lonergan stepped up from defence to slap a ball into the Uni goal. For large parts in the first half, the L1s were getting joy with their counter system up until Uni’s defensive quarter where the final pass was just lacking in attempt to double their deserved lead. Uni on the other hand pushed up, but were thwarted by a solid looking defence in front of L1s goalkeeper, Jessica Buchanan.
The second half was more of an onslaught from the visitors but were denied through a combination of saves from Buchanan and brave blocks from the ‘Dale Western defence led impressively by Lonergan. The home side had the odd chance to finish the game as counter attack opportunities went by, most notably through Emma McGregor who overran the ball having beaten the entire defence to leave herself one on one with Edinburgh Uni’s ‘keeper.
The missed opportunities had no bearing, however, as Clydesdale Western narrowed the gap to just goal difference going into their clash with Glasgow University the following day.
(You can find out how Clydesdale Western got on against Glasgow University by clicking the link at the bottom of this article.)
M1s 2-1 Edinburgh Uni M1s (E Fraser (2))
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Clydesdale Men’s 1s stopped a run of four home losses and reignited their bid to finish in a top four play off spot in Men’s National Division One as Ewan Fraser inspired his side to a crucial win against Edinburgh University Men’s 1s at Titwood.
Clydesdale started their fifth home league game in a row in positive fashion in the first half and took a deserved lead in a move that brought out the best in youngster Ben Galloway.
Galloway drove down the right to set up Struan Walker for an opportunity. Walker’s upright reverse was saved by the Uni ‘keeper but Fraser was on hand to tuck in the rebound.
In the second half, the visitors responded by committing to a press inside ‘Dale’s half and got themselves an equaliser. The press continued as the student side looked more likely following chances that were denied by defensive interceptions and saves from Clydesdale goalkeeper, Sean Mahoney. The visitors were made to regret these misses when the home side finished off an unerring counter attack from back to front. Captain Gordon Amour produced a slide rule pass for Fraser who sublimely lifted a shot over the on rushing Uni goalkeeper to double his personal goal tally but more importantly regain the lead for Ciaran Crawford’s side with over ten minutes to play.
Uni pushed hard for a second equaliser but were denied by Mahoney. The visitors, who took off their goalie in favour of an extra outfield player minutes from time, did beat Mahoney but were further denied by the post as Clydesdale held on for a vital three points.
The result and scores elsewhere means ‘Dale move up to 6th in MNL 1, four points and a game behind Hillhead in fourth place.
L3s 0-2 George Heriots FP 1s; L4s 2-1 Hillhead 3s (C Stirling, A Bonner); L5s 2-2 Stepps 1s (L Halley, C Clark); L6s 1-1 Stepps 2s (C Martin)
In the rest of Saturday’s games, the four remaining men’s teams all suffered defeat. The M2s were the closest to a point who were 2-0 down away to Grange 3s – conceding a goal in each half. Despite Colin Moulson’s sweeping finish with ten minutes to play, the M2s could not find an equaliser as Grange 3s held on for a 2-1 scoreline. The M2s sit ninth in Men’s Regional Division One, two points clear of Inverleith 2s. The M3s, M4s and M5s all finished scoreless in their respective games. The M3s were seen off from a strong Uddingston 2s side, while the M4s were beaten by Rottenrow 2s – both games finished 4-0. The M5s went one worse at home to Western Wildcats 4s to lose 5-0. The M3s sit fourth in Men’s West District Division One. In Division Two, the M4s sit in seventh whilst in Division Three, the M5s are second bottom of the table.
The L3s also lost their Saturday clash away to George Heriots FP 1s following a 2-0 reversal. The L4s picked up three points away to Hillhead 3s to lift themselves into 3rd in Women’s West District Division One, thanks to goals from Cat Stirling and Anais Bonner. The L5s boosted their relegation survival hopes following a 2-2 draw away to Stepps 1s. A goal each from Lauren Halley and Catherine Clark means the L5s sit sixth, five points clear of the bottom two in Women’s West District Division Two. The L6s also took a valuable point in their bid to avoid the drop in Women’s West District Three as they held Stepps 2s. Charlotte Martin scoring the L6s goal in a 1-1 draw.
To find out how our Clydesdale Western teams got on on Sunday, please click here.
Before we review Saturday’s league action, we preview another round of league and cup matches for Clydesdale Western teams.
L1s vs. Glasgow University 1s (4.00pm, A)
Clydesdale Western 1s play in their final outdoor league game for 2018 before the indoor season when they visit Glasgow Green to face Glasgow University 1s from 4.00pm.
The L1s will feature one last time in Women’s National Division One for the year before switching their attentions to the indoor campaign ahead which includes European competition in Vienna.
The girls, who have a full squad available apart from Ali Howie (knee) and Anna Hoolaghan (ankle), will hope to pick up three points to maintain their final position at the halfway point of the outdoor season following their 1-0 win yesterday against champions, Edinburgh University.
Their opponents, Glasgow University will be a bit of an unknown task. Promotion from Women’s National Division Two may have assumed that the student side could be seen as an easy six pointer. But credit to GU, who have put in a number of hardworking performances that have seen them pick up two wins out of a possible ten – against Hillhead and Grange EL. The home side’s main issue statistically from a first look at their results seems to be their lack of goals scored.
But that may not be for the want of trying, so Clydesdale Western will no doubt need to show the defensive strength showcased yesterday evening against Edinburgh Uni.
L2s vs. Grove Menzieshill 2s (2.30pm, A); L3s vs. Watsonians 2s (3.30pm, A); L4s vs. Loch Lomond 1s (2.00pm, H) – Women’s West District Cup Round Two; L5s vs. Uddingston 3s (1.30pm, A) – Women’s West District Plate Round One
The L2s and L3s feature in Women’s Championship Division One action. The L2s visit Dundee to play Grove Menzieshill 2s at DISC from 2.30pm in a bid to pull themselves back in a race to be top of Championship One alongside table toppers, Edinburgh University 2s and Uddingston 1s. The L3s will hope to go one better than their defeat on Saturday to George Heriots FP 1s when they visit Edinburgh to play Watsonians – 3.30pm PB. The L3s, in the same league as the L2s sit 5th, two points behind the L2s so could also get themselves into a league chasing position.
The L4s play in the Second Round of the Women’s West District Cup at home to Loch Lomond 1s, 2.00pm PB. The L4s had beaten Argyle 1s in the First Round, while their opponents saw off Kelburne 3s. The L5s, who lost in the same round to Ardrossan 1s, enter the Women’s West District Plate, where they will play Uddingston 3s – who also lost in Round One – away at 1.30pm.