Report: USW Women’s hockey 2nd 0-7 Royal Agricultural 2nd

Royal Agricultural vs USW Hockey. Image Credit: Ben Evans

By Ben Evans and Ben Thomas

GOALS from Lucy Anthony, Lucia Yates and Daisy Moore were enough for RAG to book their place in the next round of the cup as the dominance of their midfield seemed all too much to handle for the home side.

A quick start to the encounter payed off, when Jenna Emmerton’s shot rebounded off the USW keepers’ foot and straight into the path of Daisy Moore, who calmly slotted home to make it 0-1.

The away side followed up with another goal to make it 0-2 after eight tough minutes for USW. Moore was controlling the midfield area, and slotted through a neat pass that found the stick of Anthony who turned the ball past the keeper.

After 10 minutes of play, it was obvious that USW were being dominated in the middle of the park.

Another case of bad defending from the home side allowed RAG to take the game further from USW’S grasp, as Anthony tapped the ball home at the far post.

Two goals on the stroke of half time seemed to have killed all of USW’S momentum, before Anthony secured her first half hat-trick and helped RAG extend their lead to 0-5.

USW came out in the second full of energy, and it didn’t take long for them to create their first chance. After a penalty corner, the ball fell nicely and was shot well, but it was excellently saved by a diving Eliza Nelstrop.

Soon after, USW had another opportunity to get their first goal. An effort from just inside the box unfortunately hit the post and bounced back for RAG to counterattack.

Despite their chances, USW conceded their sixth goal of the game late on after a scrappy bit of play in their own D. The home side were unable to clear the danger which resulted in Emmerton netting from close range.

Just before the full-time whistle, RAG wrapped up the game by securing their seventh goal. The keeper rushed out to clear the ball, but Emmerton was on hand first to score the game’s final goal.

The game finished 7-0 to the away side with USW rueing their missed chances. The heavy defeat sees USW exit the competition while RAG advance to the next round.