Match Report - 30 Mar 2019, Dunfermline City Hockey Club Dunfermline City First Team beat Edinburgh Uni 7
City taught the students a hard lesson in skill experience true grit organisation and finishing today as they strolled out 7.2 victors.
City had possibly the strongest squad available for the first time this season. Unfortunately GP was ill so skipper Fleming opted to umpire. City still had a squad of 13.
Edwards the greatest showman got the show off to a great start in the second minute charging through on goal one on one. He played an expert one two with the keeper before falling on his bum and pushing the ball home under severe pressure with his reverse stick.
City were looking up for this game. But so we're the students who despite having a bad start to the season had won their last two games.
Santi and debutant Craig Lemm were linking well up front. And there was a lot of service today as city's core pushed them forwards.
Mitchell and Whitsed were marshaling the defence who looked solid all day.
City managed to add to their tally on 15 mins when Millers short corner was played right by Rintoul to Edwards who played it back to Rintoul who pushed home.
City pressed but were just failing to get the final conversion.
City's central midfield of Edwards and Rintoul were running the show and as the city defence never looked under threat.
Shortly before the interval City added a third. Santi in the D could have shot but drew the keeper and played in Al Green who placed the ball in the goals.
3.0 HT and an excellent display so far.
Second half was very similar to the first although it took City a bit longer to break the deadlock.
Lemm was unlucky on two occasions as he shot narrowly wide.
Miller was having an unlucky day as the keeper pulled off a great save as be was played in.
Rintoul then got the Forth in action replay of the previous goal.
Miller again thought he had scored but the ball bounced of the post.
Finally Miller did score as Lemm played the ball into his path allowing for a simple finish.
Whitsed then played Miller down the left with a brilliant ball. The striker went to the byline cut inside beating the defender then fire a solid shot home from a narrow angle. 6.0
Then it was 7 Whitsed again played in Miller who reverse whacked the ball past the helpless keeper for a hattrick.
City started to tire. And the students came into the game. Rintoul then had to go off with cramp. The uni scored two late goals to make the final score 7.2
Best performance probably of the last two seasons. The defence were excellent organised brilliantly by Whitsed and Mitchell, Coles, Luff and Buchanan all had good games.
Lemm had good spells up front and wide right showing coolness and composure. Kinnear wide left attacked and defended well and was well restrained in the tackles. Santi fitted in well up front and centre mid working tirelessly all over the park putting in a great shift. Al Green put in a great shift scoring and closing down defenders. Rintoul and Edwards were creative and both scored crucial goals.
Brown in goals made some good kicks and blocks but wasn't tested much today but shouted and Marshalled the defence.
All in all a great day at the office.
Special mention to Neil Fleming who replaced the unfortunate ill GP as umpire sacrificing his place in the team for the good of the team.
Get well soon GP.
Mom probably Mr City for his goal and never ending running and lack of moaning today.
Edinburgh Uni 7 2 - 7 Dunfermline City Hockey Club Dunfermline City First Team