City makes it three from three

Tegan Buchanan
Tegan Buchanan
City Highlanders scored a "threepeat’’  on Saturday, beating  Momona to win its third consecutive  Otago Hockey Association premier women’s competition. City  completed a rare perfect competition, having won all its  matches  this season.

The match started slowly  but City, using its  short passing game and speed up front,  was  able to make more of its early touches, forcing Momona keeper Jaysha Tippins to make some quality saves in the first 10 minutes.

While the possession and territory were even through the first part of the match, City appeared to be lifting the pace and was able to win a few penalty corners but was not  able to convert these chances. Momona has  some of the more talented strikers in the competition but when  they had  the ball they

could not find the target, spraying the ball wide a few times late in the first half.

City was very briefly awarded a goal just before the break but all on the field knew it had hit the outside of the netting so the goal  was quickly overturned.  As we all know, finals can be tight affairs and often come down to who can take their chances when presented. Unfortunately Momona’s young side wasn’t able to make the most of the few chances

early in the second period and soon after City  stormed down the field and won a penalty corner.  If one had been asked before the match to predict how a goal would come  the most common response would probably have been a City  penalty corner followed by a Tegan Buchanan goal  and this happened  —  a clean, straight shot  went direct to Buchanan, and the competition’s top goal-scorer this season broke the deadlock.

City was able to lift the pace once more as it has  so often done  this season after scoring, but despite the further dominance through the mid part of the half, the red and blacks held on and managed to keep themselves in the game. Several more chances were created by both sides but it was clear  the pressure was beginning to tell as some of the players began to make more mistakes. In the end Momona could not find a breakthrough of  its own and when the final whistle blew, City had completed its hat-trick.

• University White Huskies  beat Taieri Tigers to take third place, while Kings United and University Black Stringrays were 5th and 6th respectively. In the Division two final,  West-Taieri A defended its title over Momona B, and in Division 3 Momona finally got a win, as its C women’s  overcame Ketob-Evergeens.

- Matthew West

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