For the final game of the season Kendal ladies first were happy to be at the mighty green fortress at QKS, as they faced third in the league, Brooklands Poynton seconds.

The home team took control of the game from the start and in the seventh minute their efforts were rewarded when Celia Powell put one past the Brooklands keeper. It was another ten minutes before Kendal put a second away, thanks to Vicky Whalley-Jones who intercepted the ball from the Brooklands defence as they attempted to switch the play. Skipper Vicky found herself with only the keeper to take on and that she did, with a fine display of individual hockey that put Kendal ahead with a two goal cushion. Frustrated at their performance the visitors worked hard and linked their play and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal in open play just before half-time.

Both teams battled on in the second half but it was Brooklands who added to their tally first to draw level with Kendal within the first ten minutes of the restart. The home team did not let this dampen their spirits and they were keen to get some points from the game. Brooklands were getting quite frustrated and had a player green-carded, which was almost followed by a second but local noise pollution instigated the umpire to rescind the decision… The mighty greens endeavoured to regain some control over the game and quickly found themselves back in Brooklands D. In the second phase of the penalty corner, Katie Ireland found herself in possession of the ball in front of the goalmouth and with composure she sent it past the keeper into the netting to put Kendal back in the lead. With fifteen minutes still left to play, Kendal knew they couldn’t rest on their laurels and they continued to play as a tight unit and did not concede. It was a fine performance to end the 2018-19 season, well done to all who have worn a green shirt this season!

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