Items filtered by date: October 2019

Women up to Third

The Ladies in Black were away in Aberdeen in a derby fixture against Aberdeen University.When I say away I of course mean Aberdeen Sports Village. There were some familiar faces in the opposition with Lucy McLean and Maris Cawthorn lining up for the students.

The GCW girls were in control of the first half but despite some opportunities never really made it count as the students massed their defence.However two minutes from half time a long ball out of the GCW defence, after a rare university attack, found the ball being recovered in the Aberdeen unviersity 23metre area. Pressure applied by onrushing GCW forwards meant the clearance went straight to Nicole Duffin 20 yards out. Nicole strode into the circle and struck a clean shot past the keeper to put her charges 1-0 up at halftime.

With the advantage of scoring, a reinvigorated GCW side were 2-0 up within 2 minutes of the second half. A ball into the circle found its way to Heather Curry who placed the ball beyond the keeper only to strike the post but she reacted faster than anyone else to net the rebound. The GCW squad were well on top at this point and it only looked like a matter of time before the lead was increased and so it proved as a delighted Jen Smith opened her account by firing beyond the keeper.

A few changes were made and GCW lost some of their impetus and with 10 minutes remaining some sloppiness allowed the students to get a goal to lift their spirits but GCW saw out the game and might have scored more. 3-1 a solid win in Aberdeen and a step further up the table to third spot.

Also on Saturday the GCW 2s lost out 1-0 to Aberdeen ladies. On Sunday the 4s and 5s were playing and the 4s drew 0-0 but the 5s lost 8-0 at the new Bucksburn pitch. The youngsters in the 5s were  obviously still on holiday mode as all of the goals they conceded were in the first half and a much improved second half saw them play more like we know they can.

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Distance no Object

There were no games in Aberdeen this weekend but that did not stop 3 of the teams from playing. There were many miles covered by the intrepid GCW players in a largely successful weekend.

On the men’s side the first team went to Inverness on Saturday to face Highland in the league and came away with a 4-4 draw. The guys seemed to start sleepily going behind but recovered to draw level almost immediately. Highland however looked the sharper outfit up to half time and managed to stretch their lead to 4-1. Half time and the talk was about being more aggressive and alert. The chat seemed to work as the boys powered back to draw the game. There was a goal for Treasurer Stuart Begg which may help him feel better before he receives the fuel bills for this weekend.

The ladies 1s had the result of the day on Saturday travelling to Glasgow to take on Kelburne at the National Hockey centre. The pitch was in pretty poor state with slime along the top which made it more treacherous than would be expected. The girls however ignored this and pressed the home side early on to establish a dominance they never really relinquished. It took until the 52 minute before the deadlock was broken however when a Connie Hatfield break into the circle drew the keeper before she squared to Jen Tait who made sure of the goal, so sure in fact we thought she was waiting for the photographer to get it. A second came within ten minutes when an attack broke down and the ball came to Lisa Clyne who played it across the circle to Eildih Seedhouse who fired home despite carrying a bruised shoulder from one of the many slips on the pitch.

Sunday and the best result went to the furthest travellers the men’s 2s who went down to Peebles and came away with a 4-0 victory. On the same day in the Women’s Scottish cup a depleted first team travelled again but this time to Inverleith and in a tensely fought cup tie were edged out by Inverleith 3-1.

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Men in Black Rule Monarchs

After starting their National 3 league campaign with a 3-0 win over Harris last week, Doug Soden’s Men in Black faced their first away trip of the season. Monarchs the opponents, potentially a tricky tie after they finished runners up in the league last year. The squad of 14 included the closed seasons new arrivals of Callum Hill, Tom Brawley and Luis Fraser and youngsters William Strachan and Archie Robb

 

The lads started strong and within 40 seconds had called the Monarchs keeper in to action. A minute later Neil Morton Lloyd (NML) rode what can be described as 3 STRONG tackles to make the keeper bring off a fantastic save, the cleared ball was deemed to be dangerous and it brought up GCWs 1st corner of the game. A straight forward drag flick from Calum Hill hit the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. On 8 minutes NML broke free for a one on one with the keeper. From the resultant long corner NML was first to react to the ball for a deflection in to the goal to double the lead. A calmer 15 minutes followed with Monarchs tightened their defence and tackling strong. At 21 mins Monarchs pulled a goal back to make it 2-1. On 26 mins Josh Laurence was deliberately fouled in the D. Josh slotted home the resulting penalty flick to restore GCWs 2 goal lead. Two minutes later a ball into the D form left back Luis Fraser found NML who finished to put GCW 4-1 up at the half way point.

 

Monarchs regrouped at the break and started the second half with vigour ! But on 42 mins Calum Hill picked up a ball at top D, moved to his right beating 2 defenders and finishing in the top corner over the keepers left shoulder. From the restart  Monarchs pulled a goal back with GCW defence caught napping. A few more chances for GC followed but they were unable to convert and with 15 minutes left on the clock Monarchs found the net again to make it 5-3 to GCW. With 9 minutes to play Tom Brawley, on his debut, picked up a harsh 10 min yellow. GC adjusted and played out the game with 10 men to bring home the points.

 

Luis Fraser was voted man of match for his efforts in defence.

 

Goal scorers table

 

3 – Callum Hill

2 – NML

1 – Josh Laurence, Stu Begg, Archie Robb

 

Next up Aberdeen University, Saturday 5th Oct at 13.30, ASV

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Men in Black Rule Monarchs

After starting their National 3 league campaign with a 3-0 win over Harris last week, Doug Soden’s Men in Black faced their first away trip of the season. Monarchs the opponents, potentially a tricky tie after they finished runners up in the league last year. The squad of 14 included the closed seasons new arrivals of Callum Hill, Tom Brawley and Luis Fraser and youngsters William Strachan and Archie Robb

 

The lads started strong and within 40 seconds had called the Monarchs keeper in to action. A minute later Neil Morton Lloyd (NML) rode what can be described as 3 STRONG tackles to make the keeper bring off a fantastic save, the cleared ball was deemed to be dangerous and it brought up GCWs 1st corner of the game. A straight forward drag flick from Calum Hill hit the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. On 8 minutes NML broke free for a one on one with the keeper. From the resultant long corner NML was first to react to the ball for a deflection in to the goal to double the lead. A calmer 15 minutes followed with Monarchs tightened their defence and tackling strong. At 21 mins Monarchs pulled a goal back to make it 2-1. On 26 mins Josh Laurence was deliberately fouled in the D. Josh slotted home the resulting penalty flick to restore GCWs 2 goal lead. Two minutes later a ball into the D form left back Luis Fraser found NML who finished to put GCW 4-1 up at the half way point.

 

Monarchs regrouped at the break and started the second half with vigour ! But on 42 mins Calum Hill picked up a ball at top D, moved to his right beating 2 defenders and finishing in the top corner over the keepers left shoulder. From the restart  Monarchs pulled a goal back with GCW defence caught napping. A few more chances for GC followed but they were unable to convert and with 15 minutes left on the clock Monarchs found the net again to make it 5-3 to GCW. With 9 minutes to play Tom Brawley, on his debut, picked up a harsh 10 min yellow. GC adjusted and played out the game with 10 men to bring home the points.

 

Luis Fraser was voted man of match for his efforts in defence.

 

Goal scorers table

 

3 – Callum Hill

2 – NML

1 – Josh Laurence, Stu Begg, Archie Robb

 

Next up Aberdeen University, Saturday 5th Oct at 13.30, ASV

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