Ex-Services rue missed second-half opportunities as Zig Zag claim points

ORANGE Ex-Services coach Mitch Kennewell said his team put in a good performance but couldn’t come away with the points in their women’s Premier League Hockey match against Lithgow Zig Zag on Saturday.

Playing in Lithgow, the scores were locked at nil-all at half-time before an action-packed second period resulted in Zig Zag claiming a 3-1 victory.

“Things happened in the second half,” Kennewell laughed.

“It was pretty hard to pick the better of the two sides in the first half.

“In the second half we had more opportunities short corner-wise but we had less shots overall. Lithgow were the opposite. They had more shots but fewer short corners.

“We created opportunities but we weren’t putting them away.”

Zig Zag took a 2-nil lead in the second half before Ex-Services reduced the margin to one when Tiff Atkinson converted a short corner.

“It was a short corner and the keeper made a save and it rebounded and Tiff Atkinson cleaned up the scraps,” Kennewell explained.

“We worked on that at training, getting the rebounds off short corners, because the last time we played them (Zig Zag) their keeper had a blinder and we needed to be able to get those rebounds.”

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Ex-Services had chances to level the scores but couldn’t convert.

Instead Lithgow were able to add one more to their tally and secure the win.

“The girls kept trying right to the end,” Kennewell enthused.

“They played well. The only thing that hurt us was percentage-wise, the stats didn’t weigh up for us. We’ll definitely work on short corners this week.”

The Ex-Services coach said captain Ali Baker led by example with her tireless effort, which was mirrored by Larissa Atkinson.

Kennewell added goalkeeper Erin Horan made a number of impressive saves.

“We’re pleased with the way we played but disappointed to get no points out of it,” Kennewell said.

LITHGOW ZIG ZAG 3 def ORANGE EX-SERVICES 1 (Tiff Atkinson)

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