KIM McCALLION scored the only goal as Loch Lomond Hockey Club’s first team secured full points from a scrappy encounter in tricky conditions at home to a very feisty Argyle team on Saturday.

There is history between the two teams, but luckily for Loch Lomond, they have always been on the winning side: it is well known that Argyle are a very stubborn, aggressive and pushy team and they didn’t disappoint!

Most of the game was a scrappy affair, played in very wet and windy conditions, and it proved difficult for Loch Lomond to break Argyle’s style of play.

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Even though Loch Lomond had almost all the possession and plenty of opportunities, the team couldn’t score and in fact Argyle had a few lucky breaks but thanks to the fantastic saves by goal keeper Heather Smith, the first half finished goalless.

After an encouraging half time talk by captain Vanesa Sabala, Loch Lomond stuck to what they are best known for: silky one-twos and triangular passing.

That resulted in a much improved second half display, but still the Argyle defence was hard to break – until finally, after a fantastic team effort, McCallion put the final touch to a lovely move for what proved to be the winner.

Loch Lomond kept pushing forward in search of what would have been a deserved second goal but their efforts didn’t pay off.

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Once again, Argyle were fast on the counter-attack, but thanks to even more fantastic saves by Smith, the score remained 1-0.

Molly Macken was chosen as player of the match thanks to her runs down the left, which gave the Loch Lomond team a bigger dimension, and the opposition’s player of the match was awarded to Heather Smith for her outstanding saves.

Thanks to David O’Donnell for umpiring.

Squad: Heather Smith, Sue Aikman, Zoe Canty, Evie Harkins, Caroline Lyall, Rebecca Lightfoot, Vanessa Sabala (captain), Eliza Ritchie, Rosie McColgan, Kim McCallion, Molly Macken, Hannah White, Kirsty Cordner, Kirsty Richardson.