Wanderers concede late equaliser to Souths to squash semi hopes - Gallery

ORANGE Wanderers let their 2014 men's Premier League Hockey finals hopes slip on Saturday.

Leading 1-0 at the Orange Hockey Centre and requiring a victory over Bathurst Souths to remain in the hunt for fourth spot on the 2014 ladder, an Adam Campbell goal in the 61st minute brought the two blues level.

But from there the home team couldn't secure an outright result.

Thrilled with the performance but "bitterly disappointed" at the outcome, Wanderers coach Beth Shea said her side didn't deserve to have its finals chances snuffed out in the competition's penultimate round.

"We had it in our grasp, we had a number of chances to score goals throughout the game, we created good chances, but we just couldn't convert those chances," Shea said.

"The boys came off upset about the corner we conceded, but if we score a goal before that the corner means nothing."

An intense and up-tempo Wanderers gained the ascendancy over the men's PLH rivals from the outset, with Nick Sharp breaking the early deadlock with a slick finish in the 19th minute.

The home side went into the half time break with the one-goal advantage, and requiring a win to breath further life into the side's 2014 campaign, looked to begin the second period in similar fashion.


And, by and large, Wanderers did just that.

Shea said her team was able to create a plethora of great attacking opportunities, but in the end failed to nudge any of those chances into the back of the net.

And that's what cost them.

Campbell's clutch goal, a short corner conversion, nine minutes from full time was all that was needed to end what has been a development season for the Orange men's PLH club.

"Again there's big lessons," Shea added.

"There's been big lessons for all of the boys all season. We've had a few issues, but in the last two games I believe we've really found our feet. We've stepped it up and maintained a level of intensity we've not been able to all year.

"My worry now is the boys think they've achieved nothing this season.

"We play Zig Zag next week and our aim is to win that game, but I think the boys deserved fourth spot ... that would have been a fair reflection of our effort this year."

ORANGE WANDERERS 1 (Nick Sharp) drew with BATHURST SOUTHS 1 (Adam Campbell).


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