Kelburne Ladies 3's v Greenock Ladies
Saturday 5th March
Kelburne Ladies 3's hosted Greenock at Linwood on Saturday in the West League 2nd division. The sun was shining as the young Paisley squad took to the field and they looked lively from the starting whistle.
The home team didn't wait long before giving their fans something to cheer about. With her first goal for her new side Leanne McKissock opened the scoring for the Kelburne after a corner was rebounded out to her. Within ten minutes,and following a very dominant spell, Emma Ryan doubled this tally with a low drive bulleting past the Greenock keeper.
With Kelburne camped out in the Greenock half and some attacking defensive play keeping them there the team looked more than comfortable. Then 23 minutes into the half Neave Halliday added to the tally when she got onto the end of a corner which she injected to make it 3-0.
The Greenock keeper did well in goals when shots from Jen Owen, Lora Caven, Jenny Gow and Lucy Bliss all failed to beat her. Nevertheless she could not stop Ryan claiming her second after a solo run into the circle resulted in another low drive past her left leg.
Kelburne went into half time 4-0 up.
The second half began much as the 1st had started with Kelburne dominating possession and all players confident and keen to get on the ball. With some excellent passing play the Kelburne Ladies transitioned the ball seamlessly through the midfield and found Eliza Caven, Ambar Hendry and Jen Owen often.
Greenock had no answer for the pace of the youngsters who were attacking both sides of the pitch and providing crosses into the circle. Soon defender Ryan found her hatrick complete after getting on the end of one of these crosses and powering another low drive into the Corner of the Greenock goal.
Greenock did break on a few occasions, with Kelburne confidently stepping high up the pitch. However Halliday and Holly Hendry were on hand to cover back and ensure Abbie Houston remained unchallenged in goals.
With ten minutes remaining Kelburne added another when Holly Hendry, with an assist from Gow calmly slotted Lucy Bliss's rebounded shot past the keeper. The score finished 6-0 with Kelburne finally returning to winning ways after a few disappointing results. Most Valuable Player was Philippa Saddler after a sterling job in midfield. Kelburne look forward to visiting Ferguslie Ladies next week in the Paisley Derby.