Late strike saves Wanderers

A strike two minutes from the end by Amy Rowan gave VWS Dundee
Wanderers a single goal victory over a battling Edinburgh
University in a rescheduled Subway national league fixture, a
result that has virtually assured the Taysiders of European hockey
next season.

Wanderers are now firmly established in the runner-up spot,
three points ahead of Giffnock, but the two sides are still due to
meet in a head to head in the next few weeks in a rearranged
fixture.  However, even if Giffnock were to win this ultimate
encounter, they are unlikely to make much inroads into the
Dundonians’ massive 33 goal advantage.

In a first half where both sides looked distinctly rusty and
chances were missed at both ends.  Wanderers` strikers Rowan,
Julie Bryce and Heather Elder created several scoring
opportunities, but failed to really trouble students’ keeper Grace
Cuthill.  In reality, it was Carmin Dow at the other end that
was the busier keeper with a couple of crucial double saves. 
Ironically, the best chance of a goalless first half fell to
Edinburgh`s Laura Protheroe but she missed the target.  Just
before the half time whistle Rowan had the opportunity to put her
side ahead, she latched on to a pass from Bryce but her finishing
effort went wide of the target.

Wanderers stepped up the pace after the interval, Rowan forced a
triple save from Cuthill in the opening penalty corner, but the
other set piece routines were hugely disappointing.  Rachel
Osborne almost broke the deadlock for the home side, but her goal
bound shot was brilliantly stopped on the line by the stick of
Edinburgh`s Amelia Thomson.

Just as the game seemed to be drifting to a goalless draw, with
two minutes left a 40 yard move involving Heather Elder and Rowan
opened up the Edinburgh defence and the latter finished off with a
low shot, and a huge sigh of relief resounded round Tayside.


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