Bathurst City snatches share of spoils with last-gasp strike against Ex-Servies

ONE APIECE: Orange Ex-Services’ Shian Duboc and Bathurst City’s Tirah Jarvis fight for possession in Saturday’s 1-all draw. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 040916pcity3HOCKEY

HAVING been on the back foot their entire women’s Premier League Hockey game, Bathurst City found a way to snatch a point in Saturday’s clash with Orange Ex-Services with just 14 seconds to play.

Tirah Jarvis was on hand to hit home the latest of goals for the hosts at Bob Roach Field to help cancel out the effort Ex-Services’ young gun Libby Smith produced 17 minutes earlier.

Even though the score read nil-all at half time, the visiting Ex-Services squad came into the break with all the momentum and best chances of the match.

City looked sharper over the opening 20 minutes but a more determined Ex-Services team emerged from that point on.

Following prolonged attacks in the second half they finally got their reward.

After a blocked effort from a teammate, Smith was on hand to clean up and put her side up 1-0.

Ex-Services were unlucky not to go two up when Chloe Barrett latched onto a defensive error but couldn’t get past goalkeeper Maddie Tattersall in a one-on-one situation.

Jarvis made one last attempt for City with her break into the circle, firing a stroke towards the bottom right corner of the goal.

Servies goalkeeper Erin Horan couldn’t get her foot across quick enough and a point was salvaged for the hosts.

“We were probably out there today playing as the underdogs and … we’ve come up trumps with a draw. It’s great. These results will be crucial coming into the semis,” City stand-in coach Phil Baker said.

“I think they’re starting to realise that the harder they work the better results they’ll get. It was good to see what our defenders could do today.

“They transferred well today, kept possession and it gets the other side doing more running.”

Ex-Services’ Madie Smith said while the result stings, it continues a great start to the season for her team.

“I think we lacked a bit of enthusiasm throughout and that’s something we need to work on. Our warm-up wasn’t that good and that carried over into the game,” she said.

“There were patches against them where we looked really good but we just couldn’t convert. Very unlucky to lose in the last 14 seconds but what can you do? That’s hockey.

“Still, we’ve won three and drawn one and that’s excellent signs for us, especially compared to the past couple of years.”

BATHURST CITY 1 (Tirah Jarvis) drew ORANGE EX-SERVICES 1 (Libby Smith).

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