Young Kelburne Ladies 3s shine despite loss

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne Ladies 3's v Argyll Ladies

Saturday 12th September

At Glasgow Green Kelburne Ladies 3's hosted Argyll Ladies in the West League division two. The large squad of girls were supported by Emma Ryan, Lynne Houston, Leanne McKissock and Rachael Ewing-Day, who provided the experience, being the only players over sixteen.

After a thorough warm up the game got under way and the Kelburne team demonstrating strength beyond their years by retaining possession for large spells.  Lucy Bliss and Holly Hendry looked very quick and mobile upfront and got into the circle on a number of occasions.  It wasn't long till their perseverance paid off and we claimed our first corner.  Unfortunately this and the next two corners were disallowed due to a foot fault.  A fault we later found was inaccurate after checking the rule book.

Nevertheless Kelburne showed great grit and determination and the scoring was opened in the 20th minute when Emma Ryan's pass from defence found Olivia Saddler on the left side of midfield.  Saddler smartly recognised an opening and calmly slotted the ball between the Argyll defence towards Holly Hendry who had lost her marker.  Hendry kept the ball on her stick as she sprinted into the circle and slotted the ball past the keeper.

Another three corners followed this attack and unfortunately the Ladies failed to convert any into goals. 

HT Kelburne Ladies 3's  1-0  Argyll Ladies

After a ridiculously long half time, due to queries about the team sheet the second half unfortunately begun with Kelburne under attack from the beginning.  Abbie Houston made some instinctive saves and did her best to prevent Argyll pulling even.  Nevertheless her efforts could not prevent a rebounded shot being drilled into her left corner within ten minutes of play resuming.

It then took Argyll until the 49th minute to score again, and they quickly followed this with a third and fourth within ten minutes. Kelburne's young squad seemed to lose their shape and concentration during this spell and suddenly found themselves 4-1 down in a fixture where they before were very comfortable. 

Nevertheless the Kelburne squad failed to give up and controlled play again in the remaining ten minutes.  Kim Crawford and Olivia Saddler worked hard in midfield and linked well with Laura Aiken and Tara Patel up front.  The girls claimed another three corners in this spell after some excellent hold up play in the circle.  On the third attempt, Emma Ryan blasted a straight strike home to pull back a goal for the Kelburne team. 

FT Kelburne Ladies 3's  2-4  Argyll Ladies

The score frustratingly finished 4-2 to Argyll and a lot of lessons will be learnt from the video analysis of this game. After the debrief, the ladies reflected on the positives and are again looking forward to next week?s league and cup double headers against Western Wildcats and Glasgow Accies.  Both fixtures are away from home at Windyedge and Auchenhowie.