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Wapping women produce a five-star display on opening day, as men draw positives

PUBLISHED: 14:30 28 September 2017

Action from Wapping's clash with Old Loughts (pic Iain McAuslan)

Action from Wapping's clash with Old Loughts (pic Iain McAuslan)

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Wapping’s women got the new East League Premier Division season off to a fine start with a 5-0 win over local rivals Old Loughtonians at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

Wapping Printers & Pirates with GB internationals Emily Defroand and Shona McCallin at the Sportsaid Charity tournament (pic Iain McAuslan) Wapping Printers & Pirates with GB internationals Emily Defroand and Shona McCallin at the Sportsaid Charity tournament (pic Iain McAuslan)

The two sides had met three weeks earlier in pre-season, with Wapping thwarted on that occasion, and the deadlock was broken early by captain Bee Armstrong from a short corner.

Loughts tried to find a reply, but Hannah Gage blocked off all attempts to enter the home 25 before the interval.

Coach Dave Messham rallied Wapping during the break and the hosts doubled their lead soon after the restart as Jennifer Allen set up Kate O’Sullian for a tap in.

Allen then fired home via the keeper’s pads to make it 3-0 and Canadian Katlynn Roganowicz slotted home a fourth soon after.

Wapping saved their best until last, though, as Aisling McKeon powered into the D and sent a reverse-stick strike into the back of the net.

The men’s first team began life back in East Premier A with a 1-1 draw against Harleston Magpies.

They applied pressure from the start and created several early chances, with a low drag flick from Will Cairns forcing a good save from the visiting keeper.

And Grant Aidoo Nash fired just wide after some fine individual skill as the first half ended scoreless.

Harleston looked to sit deep and play on the counter attack in the second half, as Wapping had the majority of possession but struggled to find a way through.

And the deadlock was broken five minutes from time when the visitors launched a quick 2-on-1 and beat the exposed Joe Tricket from close range.

Wapping responded well, though, to win a short corner after a reckless tackle on captain Cairns, who stepped up to convert the last-gasp set piece and earn a point for his side, who travel to Peterborough this weekend as the women go to Sevenoaks.

Bryn Ford-Jones scored four times as the sixth team romped to a 7-0 win over Havering seconds.

*Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis centre hosted a mixed charity tournament for Sports Aid on Sunday and Wapping Printers came out on top, while Wapping Pirates finished fourth.

Olympic gold medalist Shona McCallin and fellow Great Britain international Emily Defroand, who were both supported by the charity during the early part of their careers, attended the event.

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