|Date||15 September 2018|
|Team||Women's 1st XI|
|Scorers||Amy Looker (5), Libby Naylor (2), Niamh McShane (1), Joanne Holding (1)|
Semi Finals for Duchy in Pre-Season Tournament
Duchy put in a fine performance at the Cornwall Pre-Season Tournament, topping their group to reach the semi-finals before being knocked out by eventual-Champions, Bude.
The group stage started well for Duchy, who put three past Truro in the first match of the competition; Amy Looker opening the scoring, before Jo Holding and Niamh McShane ensured a convincing victory.
After a break of almost an hour, Duchy re-took the field for a tough encuounter with Penzance 1s. Penzance started well and dominated the opening exchanges with a number of scoring chances which included a strong shout for a penalty stroke turned down by the officials, however were unable to find the net and when Amy Looker's speculative reverse stick shot was deflected home for 1-0 to Duchy, Penzance were forced to chase the game. Duchy capilatised, and with two minutes remaining made the lad 2-0 form a penalty corner, won on the counter attack, with debutant Libby Naylor sweeping home.
A somewhat quicker turnaround saw Duchy have a 20 minute break before facing Penzance 2s in their third match. A brace from Looker gave Duchy a relatively straightforward 2-0 victory; and the same result in Duchy's fourth match against Newquay II - with goals again from Looker and Naylor - confirmed Duchy a place in the knockout stages.
With Newquay 1s dropping points to both Penzance and Newquay 2s, Duchy were already confirmed as group winners by the time the sides met for the final group match. Newquay ran out confident 2-0 winners to set up a semi final with Falmouth 1s, with Duchy facing Group B runners-up, Bude.
Having watched Newquay 1s edge past Falouth 1s on penalties in their semi-final; Duchy took to the field against Bude looking to set up a rematch in the final; however two late Bude strikes put paid to Duchy's efforts. Bude wen't on to beat Newquay 1s on penalties in the final, to lift the Pre-Season Trophy for the first time.
Results | Group Stage
3-0 v Truro (Looker, McShane, Holding)
2-0 v Penzance (Looker, Naylor)
2-0 v Penzance II (Looker 2)
2-0 v Newquay II (Looker, Naylor)
0-2 v Newquay
Result | Semi-Final
2-0 v Bude