On Saturday 12.10.19, the Ladies first XI hosted Granite City in National league two. The Kelburne squad handed their first XI debuts to four regular second XI players. Due to a number of players being unavailable Abbie Irvine, Freya Halliday, Aimee McGrane and Charley Austin all stepping up for their first experience of the National league. The game begun in glorious sunshine as dominant possession play saw the young side take the game to the travelling visitors. D’Arcy Campbell was instrumental in defence protected keeper Emily Irvine for the duration of the first half, ensuring that few balls made their way into the home teams circle. While in attack Megan Ralph and Dalia Stewart proved very difficult to defend, creating some excellent attacking plays. Some tenacious play saw Kelburne claim a series of corners Rachael Ewing-Day finding a foot in the circle and Jessica McKenzie calmly doing the same when faced with a rebounded shot. Unfortunately both shots failed to find the net and the score at half-time, a little disappointingly was 0-0. The second half saw Kelburne dominate possessions for long spells, both by transitioning around the back and finding long balls down the line. A highlight from this period came from a Austin pass down the line to Dalia Stewart, which was laid off into the path of Frances Strain who slipped past her defender to fire a ball across the circle, where Ralph’s first time shot narrowly missed the left hand post. Kelburne presses high in search of the opened. However a stack pass from a sixteen was intercepted and against the run of play Granite city found the opener. Despite another positive period by Kelburne the Aberdeen team found the net again within 10 minutes. The sun glare assisting a very average top Dee shot. Despite the game finishing 0-2 in favour of the visitors, Kelburne take lots of positives from the performance. The progress the young side have made and the individual performances, especially from the debutants, demonstrate that the future is bright. Most valuable player (MVP) was D’Arcy Campbell with special mention to Abbie Irvine for an exceptional debut.
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