OXLEY Vale Public won an epic encounter against Timbumburi on Wednesday to win through to the regional final of the State PSSA Girls’ Hockey Knockout.
Both sides finished with five players on the field after scores were locked at 1-all at full-time and neither was able to break the deadlock through the first two periods of drop-off extra time.
Oxley Vale eventually did through Lori Edgar almost from the hit-off for the third period.
“Lori took the ball and dribbled it up and got the golden goal,” accompanying teacher Miranda Langford said.
Earlier, they had beaten Moree 9-1 to take their place against Timbumburi.
Oxley Vale scored first but Moree replied almost straight away, Langford said.
“It was a really tight game in the first half,” she said.
“We had lots of opportunities in the first half but their goalie was very good.
“She was blocking a lot of our shots.”
The Moree resistance eventually wore down and Oxley Vale ran away with it.
In the second game, after a scoreless first half, Timbumburi then took the lead midway through the second half.
They held it until the final minute-and-a-half when Flo Davidson struck to level the scores.
“We had lots of shots but didn’t get it in (the back of the net) until a minute and 34 to go,” Langford said.
In perhaps a preview of the tension to follow, Oxley Vale then had to survive two short corners – the second after the buzzer.
Jada Ison came out and cleared it to send the game into extra-time.
They went down to nine for the first seven-minute period and, with the score still unchanged, went down to seven.
Both sides had their chances in both periods but were unable to convert them.
For the third period, Oxley Vale changed a few things around, with Edgar and Davidson moving up front.
It had the desired effect.
They will now play the winner of the Armidale zone.
Timbumburi will still have a finals presence, with their boys – in between the two girls’ games – accounting for Moree 14-nil to earn a spot in the regional final.