Charleston Cycles Kelburne Ladies' 1s Miss Out vs ESM

On Saturday 22.9.18 - A very young Kelburne side travelled to Edinburgh to play their 2nd game in National League 2. Kelburne knew this would be a challenging game as their opposition have won all of their games so far and enjoyed a strong season last year, however the side were prepared to work hard. Kelburne started the game really strong putting the home side under pressure and winning a few short corners that they unfortunately did not capitalise on. The home team were mostly relying on breaks and managed to win a couple of short corners. The experienced side converted their second. The half ended 1 nil to the home side largely against the run of play. At the restart It was evident that Kelburne wanted to continue their strong performance and with in just a few minutes some lovely play involving many of the side found a short corner being awarded in the home team’s circle. A drag flick from Lucy Bliss at the top deflected off the runners stick sending the ball looping into the top left corner of the goal levelling the score early in the second half. Kelburne continued to dominate the game however the possession and play in the home team’s half did not convert to goals. As the second half continued Kelburne began to tire and the depleated bench began to tell on the team. ESM attacked down the left side of the field and entered the circle with players crowding the young Kelburne keeper, Emily Irving, who pulled off a number of amazing reactive saves however the ball trickled over the line. Kelburne reacted well and continued to push for an equaliser. Having been denied a number of short corners the young side found themselves down to ten men when two wayward tackles resulted in injury to both Cara Bruce and Jesse Cuthbertson. Capitalising on this ESM broke up the field once more and won themselves another short corner. ESM slipped the ball left and shot from an angle. This was blocked by the youngest member of the squad, Jenna Brolly, who then found herself on the receiving end of another crunching tackle however this was awarded as was another short corner which the home side converted to end the game in a 3-1 victory.