Kings pour on the pace to beat Taieri 2-1

No 8 Briar Duncan for Momona (left) and No 17 Abbey Lennon for City Highlanders in action during...
No 8 Briar Duncan for Momona (left) and No 17 Abbey Lennon for City Highlanders in action during their match at the McMillan Hockey Turf on Saturday. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
The Taieri Tuataras fell to Kings United Men 2-1 in the weekend’s Challenge Shield match.

Taieri had held the shield since the beginning of the season and no doubt had plans to hold on to it.

It was a relatively balanced match, both sides showing composure in deep defence. Both teams had four players away at the national North v South competition in Hamilton, which certainly kept those filling in on their toes.

Kings showed more pace going forward and found itself creating plenty of opportunities. Taieri, too, had plenty of opportunities but struggled to convert when it counted.

The second premier men’s fixture of the day saw the University Panthers beat Tainui 2-1. It was a very fast-paced match, with neither team really holding possession for an extended period.

University was well down on numbers and had a few players playing up to provide substitutions. It was not until just before the end of the third quarter that Tainui managed to score.

A win was not to be, as University managed to find the back of the net, making the final score 1-1 and forcing the game to shootouts. Tainui could not hold on and University took the win.

In the final men’s fixture the University Whales won 3-0 over the Albany Alligators. Much like in the other two fixtures both teams had players away.

The Whales found themselves under pressure in deep defence on numerous occasions, but the Alligators could not find the back of the net. Andrew Popham made his return from injury known, scoring two goals for the Whales.

The first women’s fixture of the day saw the City Highlanders take a 3-0 win over Momona A. Momona found itself under pressure early on from the Highlanders.

City was able to capitalise on its time in the attacking circle, with Jordon Cunningham finally getting the ball in the back of the net in the third quarter.

Momona looked like it was going to get a goal of its own, but it was not to be. City scored twice more, through Caitlin Blakely and Sarah Thomas, to take the win 3-0.

The second fixture of the day saw the Taieri Tigers claim a 10-1 win over a depleted University Huskies team.

It was a tough game for the Huskies, which was only able to field eight players and no goalie, due to having players away at the North v South competition.

The Tigers punished the Huskies, going up 10-1 before halftime.

That was how the scored stayed as both sides opted to leave the score there and proceed as a social game in the second half.

The final fixture was between Kings United and the University Stingrays.

It was a great day for the Kings women as they look to advance themselves up through the competition.

The Stingrays found themselves under siege and had little response to the pace and skill being shown. In the end it was a dominant 7-0 win for Kings United.

 - Grace Milne

 

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