The second day of the SKA Cup Round 1 was held today in Edinburgh and saw another 6 teams competing for a spot in the SKA Cup Finals to be held in February. In Group A: Glasgow, Black Widows and Edinburgh University 1. In Group B: Mavericks 1, #Athletes and Dundee Dragons.
Glasgow v Edinburgh University (7-1)
Glasgow kicked the day off in fine form, regularly finding the basket and creating lots of chances. Edinburgh University fought hard but just couldn’t keep pace.
Mavericks v #Athletes (1-2)
A match that saw both sides play well defensively meant that neither side created many clear cut opportunities. #Athletes managed to grab a goal toward the end of the match to win all 3 points.
Edinburgh University v Black Widows (0-4)
Another game that saw Edinburgh University struggle to find a rhythm in attack but they still looked determined to compete. Black Widows used their experience to get in front and stay there.
#Athletes v Dundee Dragons (7-0)
After the first match #Athletes looked hungry to show their attacking prowess. Scoring and creating chances with ease, they topped their group with a comfortable win.
Black Widows v Glasgow (4-8)
A battle to top the table and a high scoring game. Glasgow controlled the match well, never looking in trouble but the Widows did well to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Dundee Dragons v Mavericks (1-5)
The last group stage match saw Dundee Dragons face another tough matchup, Mavericks took their chances well and the Dragons couldn’t get a foothold in the game.
The break saw all teams competing to score as many goals as possible in 4 minute stints. Mavericks followed yesterday’s result and finished top with 92 goals in total.
Glasgow v Mavericks (2-9)
The first semi-final started brightly with both sides scoring early on but Mavericks pulled away quickly. The game ran away from Glasgow and their opponents took a confidence boost going into the final.
#Athletes v Black Widows (6-1)
Another semi-final that followed the same pattern, the Widows looked to be contesting at 2-1 but #Athletes scored throughout to win comfortably in the end.
Edinburgh University v Dundee Dragons (0-8)
Dundee picked up 5th place in a one-sided match up, with Edinburgh University finishing the day in 6th place.
Glasgow v Black Widows (7-2)
The fight for 3rd saw both teams battling to end the day with a win. Glasgow handled the pressure better and converted a number of good chances to leave the Widows in 4th place.
Mavericks v #Athletes (2-2, 2-3 on pens)
A rematch from earlier in the day, it looked to be heading exactly the same way after #Athletes took an early lead only to be pegged back. #Athletes nudged ahead again, but this time they couldn’t hold the lead with Mavericks converting a very late penalty to tie the game. The final would be decided by a penalty shoot out. Mavericks stepped up and missed the first penalty. The next 4 penalties were all scored and #Athletes stepped up to score the decisive penalty that sent them into the SKA Cup Final to be held in February.
A great weekend of korfball across two locations and seeing 12 teams whittled down to 4. The finals will be held at Oriam on 18th February and will see:
Gold Medal match: Mavericks A v #Athletes
Bronze Medal match: The Sinners v Mavericks 1
Once again, this was a brilliant day with lots of competitive and exciting matches. A huge thank you to the teams and referees for making the day a success.