Mean Madras defence helps club to cup victory

Madras League Cup winners.
Madras League Cup winners.
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Madras FPs proved far too hot for the competition at the recent Midland League Cup at Dundee International Sports Complex.

The ladies hockey side played three other finalists at the event and not only did they win the event, but failed to concede a goal on the way to the title.

Madras headed to the event in good form, and knew they’d have to be at the very top of their game to overcome opposition from across the east of Scotland

The first of the three league games was against Perthshire First XI.

Madras passed the ball very effectively and worked well as a team - defending particularly strongly and looking to make the most of their breaks into attack.

The result was a 1-0 victory for the local side, the goal coming from Caz Pigott, following a convincing dummy pass from team mate Lucy Dow.

In the second game the opponents were Dundee University Second XI.

Madras’ patience and hard work paid off with a text book goal being scored by Kirsty Trewartha from a pass by Eva Innes.

The last game was against league champions, Kinross First XI.

With the teams being evenly matched for the majority of the hockey game, the pressure was on when, after a false start, the umpire sent two of Madras’ four defenders to the half way line at a short corner.

However, Fern Smith blocked the direct shot and Katrina McFarlane cleared the ball.

At full time, the score was 0-0, with the outcome to be determined by penalty flicks.

Madras scored four of the five penalties, with Kinross only converting three opportunities to score thanks to some amazing saves by Madras goalkeeper, Lesley Bremner.

Sharon Black, the captain on the day said: “It’s fantastic for us to participate in a tournament with teams of this standing and to win.

“Also, to concede no goals over the course of any of the games is testament to the tremendous hard work and determination of everyone in the team.”

Alistair Lang, partner at Murray Donald solicitors, who sponsor the Madras side, congratulated the hockey team.

He said: “This is an excellent result and it’s a great achievement that the local St Andrews team can accomplish such success against teams across Fife, Perthshire and Tayside.”

This weekend, Madras will be playing in the final of the Scottish District Plate.

The game will be played at the pitch created for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

Madras booked their place in the final after defeating Livingstone and West Lothian 3-2 in the semi-final match, which took place recently in Aberdeen.