On Saturday our Men’s 1sts travelled to Grangemouth to play Falkirk in what turned out to be a highly entertaining game. Leon Wilkie opened the scoring from a penalty corner before Falkirk equalised with an open play goal after 14 minutes. Neil Morton Lloyd scored with a reverse stick strike, and then Josh Lawrence put away a rebound after good work from Stu Begg to make it 3-1. The home team were then awarded their first penalty corner on the stroke of half time, which despite the efforts of Wilkie on the post was forced in for a 3-2 score at the break.
GCW stretched that lead to 5-2 in the opening 13 minutes of the second period, both goals from Neil Morton Lloyd: another reverse stick effort followed by a sweet volley. Tom Morrison was injured in the first half, so with a thin squad GCW started to look tired and Falkirk stepped up the pressure. The home team scored three goals in just 7 minutes with two coming from corners, and were carrying all the momentum with 5 minutes remaining. However, with Falkirk stepping forward in search of goals, they had left spaces at the back, and a GCW counter resulted in a penalty stroke. Lawrence put away the flick, and GCW were able to see the game out for a remarkable 6-5 win.
Back in Aberdeen, our Men’s 2nds faced Aberdeen Grammar 3rds. Youngster Max Lynch scored the first goal, but GCW were generally wasteful in front of goal. Grammar capitalised on two corner opportunities with straight strikes, and a further goal gave them a 3-1 lead. GCW finally put together a flowing move which was finished by John Graham, but the final whistle came too soon to see Grammar record a 3-2 win.
Our Men’s 4ths also lost 3-2, against Ellon. Youngsters Archie Robb and Rory Cargill scored in the first half for a 2-1 lead, but in a tight game Ellon put away the decisive goal in the last few minutes.
It was a tough gig for our Men’s 5ths who played through sleet and rain against a strong Gordonians 4s squad. Liam Wedekind’s team made a slow start and found themselves 4-0 down at half time. GCW were much better in the second period, and the final score was 5-0.