Plucky City Overcome Pelicans
ELY City caused one of the upsets of the season by beating runaway league leaders Pelicans 2-1 on Saturday. Hannah Scotney s team have been in scintillating form in recent weeks and managed to recover from an early setback to register an impressive victor
ELY City caused one of the upsets of the season by beating runaway league leaders Pelicans 2-1 on Saturday.
Hannah Scotney's team have been in scintillating form in recent weeks and managed to recover from an early setback to register an impressive victory over the league leaders.
The win keeps the ladies in third place in Division 2NW of the East Hockey League just four points off of second place.
Ely started the game tentatively against their lofty opponents who beat them 4-2 in their first meeting at the beginning of the season.
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The teams were evenly matched throughout the early stages, with attacks from both sides, but it was Ely who were afforded the first real opportunity of the match after Jo Rayner was felled in the area.
The penalty flick was missed however, and the scores remained deadlocked.
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The home side went close once again through Krista Hopkinson who clattered a post before Pelicans managed to steal into the lead minutes short of half-time with a superb reverse stick shot.
Ely renewed their efforts for the second-half and it was not long before they had restored parity after Hopkinson latched onto a measured pass from Chanre Bond and undercut the ball past an ailing keeper.
With the wind in their sails, Ely pushed on and moved into the lead just minutes later as Gemma Voutt slashed a cross home from inside the D.
Startled by the speed of Ely's assault, Pelicans largely failed to respond and found themselves under increasing pressure as Ely went in search of more goals.
Several more chances came Ely's way as the game drew to a close, but a combination of resolute defending and errant finishing ensured it finished 2-1.