Hockey: Albany A too good again

Albany A continued its wining streak as it cruised to a 7-0 victory over Tuataras on Saturday, taking it to the top of the premier men's competition.

Albany was on top for the entire match, with its passing game far too good for the Tuataras defence which seemed at times to be disorganised and not active enough, allowing Albany to carry the ball unchallenged into the circle several times.

It did not take long for the Tuataras to find themselves on the back foot, with Albany scoring two goals in the first five minutes to take the game away from the start.

Not holding back for the rest of the half, Albany was able to go into the break with a six-goal lead.

Haughton Gilbert was dangerous for Albany and looked like he would score any time he was close to the Tuataras goal.

The second half was much more even on the scoresheet but the Tuataras never really looked like they were on top of Albany, which was able to control the game and give the Tuataras few opportunities.

Working hard on defence for the Tuataras was Andrew Mitchell. He disrupted Albany's attack several times and was the reason it did not completely run away with the game.

When the Tuataras found themselves with a chance, Albany's defence was able to shut down the attacks.

Dave Ross was the player of the game. He was hard-nosed on defence, not allowing the Tuataras any attacking momentum, and was a pivotal in setting up Albany's attacking plays.

In other premier games, City Highlanders A beat University B 3-0 and University A and Kings United A drew 2-2.


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