Saturday the 5th of May the ladies 2s represented the Club in the District Cup finals. This was a bit of a step up for the team who had competed in the plate finals only the previous season. Confidence was high after winning the East District 1st Division and beating both the northern and midlands league champions en route to the cup finals. The team took to the show pitch at Peffermill with a mixture of excitement and apprehension, but encouraged by the troop of ESM supporters. Orkney had also brought a good crowd and it was great to hear the banter in the stands.
The match started off with a bit of a wobble as Orkney piled on the pressure and won a couple of short corners in quick succession. However, the ESM defence held out. Throughout the first half both teams struggled to retain possession with battles being won by both sides mainly in the middle of the pitch. The half time score stood at 0-0.
In the second half ESM came out strong and managed to retain possession, stringing together series after series of quality passes. ESM started to make some head way and 15 minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken with a goal from Jo Pentland.
Orkney came back strong clearly determined not to make the long journey home without the cup. They too managed to break the ESM defence ten minutes later from a well struck penalty corner.
With nothing separating the teams, it appeared to be heading for flicks. However, with less than 2 minutes to go, Alison ‘Muffie’ Hogg took a fantastic shot from the top of the D which screamed passed the Orkney keeper into the back corner of the goal.
Final score 2-1 win to ESM!
Thank you to all who came down to support the L2 on Saturday and all who sent good luck messages, it was an amazing experience shared with everyone.