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Saints Super Saturday

The U15 and U14 hockey teams played Neston Hockey Club at Parkgate on Saturday 6th January. 

The U15s conceded an early goal and were struggling to shake off the Christmas pudding in a nervy first 10 minutes. They recovered to play some high intensity Hockey with lots of commitment shown in a tight first half. They were rewarded with good team goals from Jamie Jinks and Jannick Jonnker to take a deserved 2-1 lead at half time. In the 2nd half Will Fiddaman made an excellent diving save to keep SAC in front. With further sustained pressure and good play from Max Birchall on the right wing, Jannick Jonker scored a 3rd. Neston scored right at the death to make it 3-2, but SAC ended with a deserved the win. This was an all-round positive team performance and the U15s will look for a third win on the bounce next week versus Merchant Taylor’s school. Joint men of the match where Matthew Meehan, for another sterling defensive effort, and Adam Newell for a dynamic midfield display. Well done to all. 

The 14s started their match in more composed fashion. They played some very stylish hockey to show that they have really developed since the start of the season. The midfield of Obi Callaghan, Matthew Green and Tom Royden dictated play. This created lots of space down the flanks with Ciaran Lucy enjoying a fine first half on the right wing. Just before half time Tom Taylor finished well from a cross and SAC took the half time honours. The 2nd half saw SAC continue to play well and they extended their lead with a goal from Obi Callaghan. At 2-0 down Neston rallied and enjoyed a good spell of pressure. A loss of possession in midfield saw Neston score with a powerfully struck shot into the top of the net. The game was in the balance, but SAC managed to defend well with Jake Raynor and Jo Dollard showing tenacity and some excellent tackling.  SAC could have finished the game off, but went just wide and the Neston goalkeeper also made a number of fine saves throughout the game. The game finished 2-1 to SAC, but was an excellent competitive game of hockey from two good sides. Man of the match goes to Obi Callaghan for an all-round accomplished midfield display. 

My thanks to Neston Hockey Club for their hospitality after the game and hosting at their excellent facility in Parkgate. 

Mr D.Taylor
Head of Physical Education and Games
Master i/c Hockey