On 15.9.17 - Kelburne Ladies first XI opened the National League campaign on Friday night against Clydesdale Westerns first XI. Travelling across Glasgow to Titwood for a 7.30pm passback the ladies squad consisted of a host of youngsters with a sprinkling of experienced stalwarts. For the first ten minutes the game looked to be quite evenly matched with both teams maintaining their shape and composure on the ball. Nevertheless it was Western that opened the deadlock in the 20th minute when Kelburne cleared the ball to the top of the circle and Western struck it into the bottom left corner. Kelburne Ladies however rallied again and when the half time whistle blew they were threatening the Western goal with their pace and tenacity. The score was 1-0 to Clydesdale at this point.
The second half saw Clydesdale came out all guns blazing. Within two minutes they had doubled their lead after a corner rebound was buried beyond returning keeper Nichola Brown. Maintaining their shape Kelburne Ladies pressed Western in spells, and were unlucky not to score from a breakaway corner. Lucy Bliss claiming a corner instead. Nevertheless Western were relentless and their fitness and experience shone through in the final ten minutes. The converted a corner, before quickly scoring a deflection, then again squeezing another corner past the Kelburne defence after the whistle had blew. The game finished 0-5 to Clydesdale although Kelburne will be heartened by the workrate and effort demonstrated by all players.
The ladies now travel to Aberdeen to face AA Merlin in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.