This week was a high scoring, high risk, and high turnover Mexican standoff.
A rather peculiar game, played at the beautiful grounds of Southgate.
Chiswick opened the scoring with a searching ball from Laura Jacquees into the circle which found the touch master Tee Barrack in space who ever so coolly deflected it into the goal. But Southgate quickly responded with two goals.
After some great attacks and finally conceding a penalty corner, Rhianna Buchanan lined up and smashed
the ball in from left slip (granted it was deflected in from a defender, but the ball was going in goal and had some heat on it).
Then through a comedy of errors, there was a ball fired into the circle from Becky Smith which saw the goalie deflect it off her boot into the goal, for which we were awarded a long corner- a rather confusing and a peculiar rule…. minutes later we were awarded an own goal. Becky chalked that one up as hers.
Then Southgate equalised- 3 a piece at half time.
Second half was like a yoyo up and down, back and forward and side to side.
Southgate got a goal, then we got a goal and then they got a goal again and then we got a goal.
The highlight of the match was a set piece of perfection, which could have seen Lisa Crane ascend from the turf and join the Greek gods in Olympus, absolute Perfection! (But she returned back to earth minutes later for time wasting and muddling up the score, which saw her assume that we had won the game, but to be told after the final whistle it was a draw).
Anyway goal perfection it played out with a great drag from Ceilidh Walker and crisp trap from Helen Taylor and such precision from Becky Smith who dragged the ball to the spot where Crane, from a beautifully timed run, perfect stick angle and a subtle touch saw the ball curl over the goal keeper. Our final goal and the last goal of the match came from Becky who converted a penalty stroke, which was awarded when Ceilidh’s attack in the circle was interfered with by the Southgate keeper, this goal tied up the game and within five minutes the full time whistle was blown.
DoD: Jen "Tits McGee" Romano
MoM: Tenacious Tee- Tee Barrack and Gigi Fateh