Ross-on-Wye school finally clinch Herefordshire hockey title

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Hockey

After a two week delay due to clashing bookings for the astroturf, John Kyrle’s hockey team overcame a strong John Masefield team in the final of the Hereford U15 County hockey tournament. After losing to them 2-3 at home after extra time and penalties in the preliminary stages of the tournament, John Kyrle faced Hereford Cathedral School in the semi-finals.

The game, played at Whitecross School in Hereford, was tied 0-0 at full time with John Kyrle failing to take their chances in front of goal. After a three minute golden goal period, the match remained tied and penalties followed and when Hereford Cathedral had one of their penalties saved by goalkeeper Carys Lowley, captain Amie Jenkins stepped up and slotted the ball home to take John Kyrle through to the final.

In the final, John Kyrle encountered John Masefield again, who earlier in the evening had gained victory over Lucton School in their semi-final. John Kyrle gave their all, with Debbie Boyd in goal making a great save to keep John Kyrle in the match. Lara Banks-Martin maintained a cool head to score the Ross team’s only goal of the match, however John Masefield levelled the scores, forcing a three minute period of extra time.

Sadly the game was halted here as the astroturf had a prior booking so the final golden goal period was played two weeks later.

It was John Masefield who started the final period with the most promise, attacking John Kyrle’s goal early on but Ella Jones, making her debut in goal, made a fabulous save to ensure the game went to penalty flicks. A change of goalkeeper saw Carys Lowley pad up with Cerys Johnson, Elysia Williams-Tettey and Amie Jenkins the penalty takers.

A tense few minutes then ensued with one miss from each team going into the third and final round. The John Masefield player shot wide of the post leaving Amie Jenkins, showing great maturity and composure, to score the winning goal to crown John Kyrle County Champions.

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