Ladies’ 2s in quarter-final of Plate – match report (28.2.16)

Chelmsford  2-1  Oxford

The quarter finals of the England Hockey 2nd XI Plate competition took Oxford Ladies 2s to Chelmsford. Having thoroughly beaten Bath in the last round, Oxford were determined to continue the winning streak. Our motivational talk began with a call from manager Andrew on the slopes of the French Alps. Little did he know that Phil, Tanky and Sophia had spent the car journey preparing a beautifully written poem – “if”.

Unfortunately, during the warm-up we became one man down when Sophia took a glancing blow to the lip. Alas, the rest of the team took to the pitch and battled hard to reach half time with the scores equal (0-0). Chelmsford continued to press the Oxford goal with a couple of chances going just wide and some storming saves from man of the match Phil.

Chelmsford, however, finally broke through with a penalty corner. Oxford raised their game with several sharp counter attacks but struggled to find the elusive goal. Unfortunately Chelmsford got a second goal from an open play. All fired up, Oxford came out all guns blazing for the last 20 minutes throwing everything at the Chelmsford defence.

Trooper Sophia made a valuable impact in the second half despite her big lip. Cracks were soon discovered when Niki snuck a well-taken consolation goal. This score was a catalyst for Oxford’s final attempt to gain a draw and keep the dream alive. Then followed 10 minutes of frenetic hockey. However, time ran out for the Oxford side who had given 110% against a decent team.

Sadly, the Olympic dream is over for 2016 but the Oxford 2s will, no doubt, return to the Olympic Park next year.

Thanks to Lizzie’s dad Peter for managing the sideline.

Man of the match: Phil
DoD: Chloe (apparently Andrew isn’t Lara’s dad)
Goal: Niki

Match report by Chloe and Ruth