Wapping L1s v Ipswich L1s
By Aoife Smyth
Photo credit: Iain McAuslan
From the first whistle the home side were on the attack. With some great passing play up the right side, it wasn't long before Wapping had a short corner. The Ipswich goalkeeper made her first save of many to deny the Wappers on this occasion. This triggered a lot of attacking play from Ipswich, and they were rewarded with a number of short corners before half time. However Meg Pugh was, as per usual, on form and never looked likely to concede.
The first half was a battle where both teams had some impressive hockey on display but neither of them could capitalise on the possession they had. The first 35 minutes also saw Rachel Haseloff sent to the sideline with a green card for what was deemed to be a stick tackle. Haseloff was unlucky as her card was more of a warning to all players on both teams as the intensity (and number of stick fouls) was quite high.
The second half was a different story and saw plenty of short corners, goals and even more cards. Becky Hart and the two Dutchies showed great composure around the back and Wapping were eventually rewarded with a penalty corner. There was no messing around from Aisling McKeon who took the straight strike and slotted it inside the right post. Ipswich came back with a counter attack and scored a controversial goal to equalise. The ball across the D at head height was deemed to be safe and the goal stood. The second goal for Ipswich came in quick succession and was almost a carbon copy of the first. A few defensive errors from the home side meant Ipswich were in for their second.
With some excellent teamwork and determination, Wapping spent the remainder of the game on the attack. Even when they went down to 10, when Aoife Smyth got a green card for a lazy stick tackle, the Wappers pushed on. They soon equalised after a great passage of play saw captain Lucy Todd in space in the D. A perfect pass across the goal for Man of the Match Jordan Mulvaney to get a touch on it. Unfortunately Haseloff was denied in the last play of the game when her shot was saved by the Ipswich keeper.
A special shout out to the Mooses of the match Jess Taylor-Tibbott and Kate O'Sullivan for the full kit purchase and the sugary salad, great work ladies!