IES 0 Colchester 1
England Hockey Women's Trophy - National Knock Out CompetitionIpswich East Suffolk 0 Colchester 1Colchester have a history of being drawn against local rivals in this competition and the fourth round of the national trophy knock out competition was no different - Ipswich East Suffolk their latest opponents.
England Hockey Women's Trophy - National Knock Out Competition
Ipswich East Suffolk 0 Colchester 1
Colchester have a history of being drawn against local rivals in this competition and the fourth round of the national trophy knock out competition was no different - Ipswich East Suffolk their latest opponents.
Having beaten IES consistently over previous seasons Colchester expected the home side to come into the game with a point to prove. They were certainly the more disciplined outfit as Colchester struggled to find the all round team dynamic they had delivered the previous day.
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IES continued to apply pressure which rewarded them with a succession of counter attacks following poor passing from the Colchester defence and midfield.
Colchester started the second half with a revised line up and instantly found the upper hand as they started to use their press consistently. Lucy Struth, Helen Peters and Melissa Cooper repeatedly won back the ball on the left and turned the tables on the IES defence, launching a succession of attacks.
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The continual pressure was finally rewarded via Cooper who slipped the ball past the keeper, having been perfectly positioned by the right post.
IES did cause concern with a couple of breaks and two-on-ones with keeper Jess Gurney, but their accuracy denied them the equaliser. Their solo goal gave Colchester the edge they needed to dominate and defend well, seeing them through to the last 16.