Indecisive Swansea falter against Southampton in semis

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Swansea University missed out on a place in the Bucs Cup final after a lacklustre performance against Southampton University.

But while captain Becky Gosney was disappointed with the defeat, she took the positives from the team’s cup run.

“This is the furthest a Swansea hockey team has got in the Bucs cup, so we are really proud of that,” said Gosney.

“The early goal made our heads drop a bit. We worked really hard but we had a lot of pressure on our shoulders.”

Southampton took the lead after four minutes, a short corner turned in by Emmie Giles.

And the visitors continued to pressure in the early stages but Swansea’s defence held steady with Gaby Gavins making a string of saves to keep the score 1-0.

A number of infringements from Southampton gave Swansea chances to break but they appeared to lack their previous killer instinct that had got them so high in the league this season.

The first half proved to be a struggle for both teams with both sides finding it difficult to maintain the ball for long periods of time.

At the close of the half Swansea had an excellent opportunity to get back into the game with the umpire awarding a penalty flick after a goal bound effort was denied.

But Swansea failed to score from the spot with Southampton’s keeper blocking the shot.

The second half proved to be just as difficult for the home side, with less efforts on goal.

They did have several chances to capitalise with a series of short corners being awarded to Swansea.

But despite several training ground routines they found it hard to beat the Southampton defensive line.

And they were punished in the last 10 minutes by Southampton, Giles weaving through again to make it 2-0.

Despite a lack of goals to show for it, Gosney believes the team performed much better in the second half.

“The second half was so much better; everyone fought for it,” she added.

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