Written by Adam Hinchliff-Walz |
CSM retained the Bottle in what proved to be an easy victory. The hosts put up a better fight than last year but CSM still managed to run in 7 goals as they cruised to success.
The match started as a cagey affair with both CSM and RSM having several short corners in the opening ten minutes but neither team managing to make their chances count. CSM managed to hit the post with Olivia Hartley having a good shot from a short corner in the 15th minute, but RSM showed that they could be dangerous with a shot that narrowly missed just a minute later.
CSM then took control of the match as they scored an impressive four goals in 5 minutes courtesy of Heloise Isola with the first in the 18th minute, CSM’s captain Jemima Coe, who scored number two and four in the 19th and 23rd minutes respectively, and Emma Watson who got the third in the 20th minute.
RSM did manage to hold on in the next few minutes and got on the scoresheet themselves after a short corner led to a good shot in the 27th minute to make it 4-1 to CSM.
CSM kept pushing through the final few minutes and forced a good save from the RSM keeper in the 31st minute but they were unable to add to their tally in the first half and it ended 4-1.
The second half continued in the same vein as CSM dominated possession. The skill gap was there for all to see as CSM had several shots saved in the first five minutes of the half. CSM’s Amy Beet had a good shot saved in the 41st minute before CSM’s 12, President Caitlin Simon, managed to score in the 43rd minute taking it to 5-1.
CSM kept the pressure up as they spent an uninterrupted five minutes in the RSM half, in which they had several shots saved and played some great hockey, a highlight of which was Jemima Coe’s good run on the right wing that nearly resulted in a goal.
The pressure paid off in the 53rd minute as Emma Watson grabbed her second of the match from a short corner to make it 6-1.
Emma nearly completed her hat-trick in the 55th minute after a good tackle on halfway but the shot was missed. Amy Beet then had three good shots in the next seven minutes but nothing came of it and RSM countered after the last of these in the 66th minute to score in an uncharacteristic attack, making it 6-2.
CSM bounced back and Jemima Coe completed her hat-trick, after a great move from Emma Watson, to make it 7-2 in the 68th minute.
The match ended shortly after and CSM were worthy winners of the Bottle after a dominating display that showed the gulf in class between the two teams.