Match Report

Match Report - 24 Jan 2015, Harris Academy FP Hockey Club 1st Team Indoor lost to Stepps

Briefly it looked like Harris would be playing in the top four as Falkirk went ahead against Carnegie. Carnegie however fought back to win leaving Harris 3rd in group B to play Stepps who finished bottom of group B after failing to win a match in either their league or group matches. However Stepps knew from the start of play that they just had to win one match to stay up and with a bigger than normal pool of players they were able to achieve their aim.
Stepps started the game without a keeper and Harris opened the scoring from an Albert Rowling short corner. A penalty flick in the 6th minute brought an equaliser with a misflick wrong footing Ally in goal. A minute later Stepps went ahead with a flick high into the net and put on their keeper at this stage. Harris then equalised from a penalty flick from Albert a minute later. A short corner in the 10th minute put Stepps ahead. Harris had two short corner opportunities before half time but were unable to score from either.
Goals in the 5th and 7th minute of the second half for Stepps left Harris three goals behind but a great fightback produced short corner goals in the 11th and 13th minute, both netted by Albert. In the 15th minute the scores were level when Marc Callaghan provided the assist for Albert to get his 5th goal of the game. Harris barely had time to settle before Stepps scored two more in the 16th and 18th minutes of the half. However, the game wasn't over as Albert scored his sixth from a short corner in the 19th minute and Harris were awarded another short corner as the game went into overtime. This time a Stepps defender blocked the corner. Although it did seem that he got to the ball a bit too quickly no retake was awarded.
Despite playing a full set of league games and a set of group games the points collected by Harris in these games counted for nothing. Stepps by winning a solitary game now remain in division 2 and Harris face a play-off first of all against Inverleith. They suffered a similar fate to Harris when Falkirk beat them to register only their second win of the indoor competition. The winner of the play off between Harris and Inverleith 2s then has to play off again against Kelburne 2s the runners-up in division 3. Kelburne have no match prior to the play-off between Harris and Inverleith.

Harris Academy FP Hockey Club 1st Team Indoor 6 - 7 Stepps