Investec Women's Knockout: Masters Finals

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The Road to Lee Valley reached its conclusion as five Masters titles were up for grabs. Read the reports of an action-packed day, below.

Investec Women’s Masters Over 35s Shield: Redbridge and Ilford 1-3 Telford and Wrekin.

Telford and Wrekin won the Over 35s Shield in a see-saw battle with Redbridge and Ilford. Two goals in quick succession from Lorna Burns turned the match on its head and handed them the win.

In what was an entertaining match both goalkeepers excelled themselves with Amanda Bailey seeing off a series of Redbridge shots whilst Lisa Lory looked accomplished against the threat of Telford’s front line. The first goal came early on as a well worked penalty corner was fired in by Bron Woods to give Redbridge a great start. They were pegged back before the break by a goal from Chez Lane.

The second half was an even affair with both sides pressing hard for the all-important second. With time running out and thoughts turning to a penalty shootout, Burns struck two goals in as many minutes to give her team the match and the title.

Women’s Masters O45s Cup: Sevenoaks 1-1 Cambridge City (5-4 APS)

Sevenoaks held their nerve to win a tense penalty shootout against Cambridge City after the two sides had played out a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Both sides showed some lovely passing moves in what was an open first half as Pippa Hall in the Cambridge goal was called upon to deny Lisa Boldrini and Sue Acott in quick succession. At the other end Lynn Dawson excelled herself with a fine stop to keep out Cambridge’s attack.

The second half was end to end with both sets of supporters making themselves heard as they tried to inspire their teams to the next goal. With time running out Carolyn Kelly found space in the circle and slotted into the corner to make it 1-1 and send it to a penalty shootout.

The teams could not be separated in the penalty shootout with four efforts each being converted so it went to sudden death. Alison Burd’s effort hit the woodwork leaving Kim Wolff to win it for Sevenoaks, which she duly did.

Investec Women's Masters O35s Trophy: Jersey 1 - 2 Bury St Edmunds

A goal either side of half time was enough to seal victory for Bury St Edmunds in the Investec Women’s Masters O35s Trophy.  Jersey Hockey Club set up a tense final few minutes when they pulled a goal back, but the Suffolk side were able to hold on and secure a 2-1 win. 

The first half was a close encounter with neither side creating many clear cut goal scoring opportunities, however, Bury St Edmunds were able to break the deadlock through a well worked penalty corner routine. The ball was slipped to Vic Sandall at the top of the circle who struck the ball low past Laura Besnard in the Jersey goal. Before the break Jersey had a series of penalty corners but the Bury St Edmunds defence stood firm heading into half time.

Bury St Edmunds doubled their lead in the 56th minute from another penalty corner, this time, a powerful strike from Sharon Holton. The Suffolk side continued to threaten with Lynn Whittingstall showing a great turn of pace in attack but she was unable to convert any of her side’s chances.  With three minutes remaining, Jersey halved the deficit with a fantastic individual goal from captain Becky Henwood-Darts, but it was too little too late for the team from the Channel Islands as Bury St Edmunds ran out 2-1 winners.

A delighted captain, Katie Bedford, told England Hockey. “It’s been a really great day and we loved the atmosphere - Jersey were a fantastic opposition and it went right down to the wire. We’ve got a super squad of 16 who have played together for the whole tournament and I’m really thrilled for the girls.”

Investec Women's Masters O45s Plate: Canterbury 6-5 Driffield.

The last game of the weekend served up a feast of goals as Canterbury and Driffield shared 11 between them with the Kent side striking twice late on to come from behind to take the title.

The blue touchpaper was lit early on as Henri Bristowe opened the scoring for Driffield, only for Sue Spight to level it up. Then, Wendy Cameron fired the Polo Farm outfit into the lead with a first half double taking the score to 3-1 before a well worked corner from Driffield gave Zoe Harrison a chance which she duly took.

After the break Driffield came out strong and levelled the scores through Helen Holdsworth before taking a 4-3 lead just four minutes later courtesy of Fiona Tuplin.

Spight grabbed her second of the game to peg the scores back to 4-4 as the teams traded goals almost at will. Helen Hough's goal 12 minutes from time looked like it might be the clincher as Driffield edged into a 5-4 lead but with just two minutes left on the clock, Kate Jain levelled it up once more before Wendy Cameron incredibly completed her hat-trick and gave her side the win.
The defensive coaches will be scratching their heads, but both sides deserve great credit for their "we'll score more than you" attitude. A great game for the fans!