HERO: Carly Guihot (left) scored two goals including one in the final 30 seconds to give Souths a desperately needed win over Parkes on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 062615pbsths9HOCKEY
SOUTHS picked up a desperately needed 3-2 win in a thriller against Parkes on Saturday to keep a tenuous hold on third spot on the women’s Premier League Hockey ladder.
Earlier in the season the two blues got the better of Parkes on their own turf during the Parkes gala day, winning 1-0.
Unfortunately that contest was a scheduled Souths home game, meaning they had to head back to Parkes again on Saturday and try to do it all again.
For large portions of the game it looked like Parkes would reverse the result or at worst keep Souths to a draw. However, a Carly Guihot goal 30 seconds from full-time put some life back into her team’s finals push.
“We had to work very hard to win, we were down 1-0, then 2-1, so it took a big effort to get it back after that,” relieved Souths coach Melissa Bestwick said.
“We were being pushed off the ball a lot and weren’t able to get a lot of control on the game. We got to the break and I had a few firm words about what we needed to do and the areas we needed to lift.
“I stressed that we absolutely had to have the four points from this game or we could potentially kiss our season goodbye. The response was a pretty good one.”
After going a goal down early in the first half, Souths responded through Guihot who was being used as a makeshift striker.
Souths got to the break on level terms, but soon fell behind again. It was at that point that the Bathurst side really felt pressured given Parkes are not far behind them on the ladder and Ex-Services were level with them going into the round.
But Ash Corby levelled up once more from a penalty corner, before the scramble began as the clock started to wind down.
In desperation with less than a minute to go, Souths launched one more forward thrust, which saw Guihot beat the goalkeeper and give her team a valuable victory.
“Carly was fantastic, especially considering she was playing out of position,” Bestwick said.
“We only had 13 players with no Maddie Boyce, no Sarah Watterson, and no Emma Siejka. Kate Stanford went into the middle and was out of position as well, and she also did a very good job.
“It was an emotion filled game and after that last goal went in the feeling was ecstatic among the girls. We played some great hockey in the last 20 minutes and this is a big boost going into the bye.”
SOUTHS 3 (Carly Guihot 2, Ash Corby) defeated PARKES 2
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