After 8 hotly contested games and only one win separating the intraclub teams, the Greenfriars were looking to level the series this week. The Whitefriars, for their part we’re looking to extend their lead after a run of poor form. The scene was set then for a cracking encounter and the game did not disappoint.
Both teams started well with end-to-end attacking play, but it was the Greens who found the net first. A well worked penalty corner gave Scott Denny his chance to blood his new stick with a crisp deflection into the bottom corner. Undaunted, the Whites rallied and produced a series of intense attacking play. A fine run down the right and a well timed cross into the D from Isaac Hiatt, fooled the Green’s defenders and allowed veteran Pat Veasey, who’d ghosted in behind the defence, the chance to slam the ball home.
With all square, both teams came out fighting in the second half but although there was plenty of attacking and defensive play, neither side could maintain the advantage and make it count. Without exception, every player put in a sterling performance and there were some tired legs at the final whistle. Despite the scoreline, this was a seriously competitive game and all agreed the result was a fair one.
So with 9 games gone, the Whitefriars still maintain their slender advantage but with plenty of games still to play, the fate of the 100 year old trophy is still in the balance.