Our Men’s 1sts played a double header this weekend with a league game on Saturday and a Scottish Cup first round tie on Sunday, both at home. Carnegie were the visitors on Saturday. The two clubs have played out plenty of close games over the years, and this one was to prove no different. A tight first half was characterised by heavy rain, a very wet pitch, several penalty corner opportunities for GCW and a lack of goals.
Carnegie opened the scoring in the second half with a first time finish from a cut back off the base line, and doubled their lead from a penalty corner. 2-0 down, GCW created plenty of pressure and were rewarded with a goal from the spot converted by skipper Josh Lawrence. Unfortunately, there was no further score and it finished 2-1 to the away team.
Sunday’s opponents were Clydesdale, who play in National League 1. While GCW did create some good opportunities on the break, the away team dominated for long periods and finished comfortable 8-0 winners. The game did feature a competitive 1s debut for Alex Ferguson, and Elliot Leech’s second game at this level.
It was a tough cup draw too for our Men’s 2nds, who welcomed Hillhead 2nds to Aberdeen. Hillhead stamped their intent early in the game with a drag flick into the top corner, and continued to score at regular intervals in a one sided contest. With unavailability hitting hard, Jamie Howell’s squad featured mostly players from our 3s and 4s, who could not contain an accomplished Hillhead outfit.
Our Men’s 4ths played a Gordonians 5ths squad which lacked its usual youth. Neil Edward’s squad played some promising hockey at times, but Gordonians’ greater experience showed in a 3-0 loss.