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Hockey: Falmouth clinch promotion and league title with Plymouth win
11:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014 in Sport
Mannamead 0 Falmouth 4
Falmouth sealed the title and promotion to the West Premier League second division with a comfortable 4-0 away win over Mannamead, writes Kat Barberry-Red.
The visitors were frustrated for much of the first half as they failed to convert several chances, despite having a huge amount of possession.
Clare Hudson broke the deadlock when her solid pass surprised everyone and found its way through a crowd into the back of the goal.
With their noses ahead at the start of the second half Falmouth capitalised on a loose ball in the Mannamead circle, and player of the match, Hudson, netted her second goal of the game to double Falmouth’s lead.
Rachael Tatlow sped up the wing to square the ball for Sam Dunstan who swept in number three, before Hudson’s penalty corner strike was deflected into the roof of the net by Victoria Pryor.
The final whistle was met with jubilation from the team and a champagne celebration.
And though the performance may not have been vintage Falmouth, given the team’s exploits over the course of the season, it was certainly a case of 'job done.'
Falmouth: Hannah Bowman, Megan Cookson, Terri Barbery-Redd, Rachel Medd, Nicola Hinton, Clare Hudson, Amy Figgins, Kathryn Barbery-Redd, Rachael Tatlow, Vic Pryor, Sam Dunstan.
Falmouth II 4 Plymouth University III 1
Falmouth gained a convincing win at Penryn College on Saturday as their run of good form continued, writes Kat Barberry-Red.
The home team showed their intention to attack right from the start but the good display from the University keeper kept them at bay for the first quarter of the game.
Iona Middleton was very unlucky not to beat the keeper with a number of good attempts on goal.
The deadlock was broken when a good run down the right wing by Emma Bragg, followed by a testing cross, led to a penalty corner which Gill Lister struck well to dispatch into goal.
Player of the match, Lister, had the final touch a few minutes later as she doubled the lead from close range.
With half time approaching Emma Bragg scored the first of her two goals as she drew the goalkeeper out and slotted the ball in behind her.
In the second half Falmouth continued to put pressure on the Plymouth team and had them penned into their own half but were unable to find a way through the crowded shooting area.
First team squad members, Hanna Royle and Emily Dunstan, controlled the centre, while Molly Phillips, Hannah Whear and Jeanne Naylor played well in midfield.
The visitors pulled one back from a quick break but Falmouth then restored their three goal lead as Emma Bragg claimed her second as she found space on the right to score from a narrow angle.
The Falmouth defence was rarely troubled, making well-timed tackles when they were called upon to stop the occasional University attacking move and June Moore had a very quiet game in the Falmouth goal. A good team performance to gain a well deserved win.
On Saturday Falmouth will end their season at home to Tavistock at Penryn College at 10.30am hoping to keep their unbeaten record intact.
Falmouth seconds travel to Plymouth to play Mannamead seconds at Marjons at 10.30am.
Falmouth ll: J Moore, K Brown, A Wills, K Knott, E Dunstan, H Whear, H Royle, M Phillips, J Naylor, E Bragg, G Lister, I Middleton, B Corbridge.
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