THERE’S not many coaches in the region who’d be happy to be on zero competition points after six rounds, but following Saturday’s 5-4 triumph over Dubbo Blue Jays, you couldn’t wipe the smile of the face of Kinross-CYMS coach Pete Shea.
Shea’s young side broke their women’s Premier League Hockey shackles on Saturday, outlasting a quick finishing Blue Jays side to secure the club’s first win of the 2014 season.
The four points bagged following the 5-4 result moves Kinross-CYMS back up to zero points after the club suffered a forced 5-0 defeat and the loss of four competition points for fielding an unregistered player against Bathurst City in round one.
Now more than happy to be back on track, Shea praised the effort of Kinross-CYMS.
“They played really well,” he said.
“For the young team we’ve got to play the kind of pattern we did, they performed really well.”
A consistently inconsistent line-up has been the major issue with Kinross-CYMS’ 2014 campaign thus far, but Tanya Jachi went about ending the misery from the get-go, nailing the game’s first goal after 13 minutes.
Firming their ascendency on the match, the home side’s lead was soon doubled thanks to Annabel Mutton in the 25th minute.
Goals then to Dubbo’s Courtney Hogan and Kinross-CYMS gun Madie Smith right on half-time took the score to 3-1 at the break.
The beginning of the second term then belonged to the visitors.
Dubbo edged their way back into contention through goals to Maddie Bott and Emma Corcoran to square the ledger at 3-all with just 10 minutes to play.
But Smith hit her second with seven minutes to go and Jachi completed her brace three minutes later to effectively seal the victory and Kinross-CYMS’ first win of the 2014 women’s PLH season.
A well-deserved consolation goal to Bott right on full-time resulted in the final margin at just one goal, but Shea said his side’s strong start meant Kinross-CYMS was always in control.
“We were always in front which allowed us to play the way we did,” Shea said.
“We’ve got a lot of kids and they’re trying hard to play the pattern. They look up and ask if they’re in the right spot and today the girls found the right areas. It’s something I know we’re capable of and we proved it to everyone.”
KINROSS-CYMS 5 (Madie Smith 2, Tanya Jachi 2, Annabel Mutton) def DUBBO BLUE JAYS 4 (Maddie Bott 2, Courtney Hogan, Emma Corcoran)