Western Wildcats 2's 3-3 Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne Ladies 3's
Saturday 19th September
Kelburne Ladies 3's travelled to Auchenhowie to face Western Wildcats 2's in the West League 2nd division. Youngsters Amber Hendry and Eliza Caven, made their ladies competitive debuts, joining our young team. Rachael Ewing-Day, Lora Caven and Leanne McKissock being the only players over fourteen.
Unfortunately the girls had to play without a keeper, and instead Lora Caven played kicking back. The match started with some excellent transitional play from the Kelburne Ladies, who wisely used their extra man in defence. Neave Halliday and Joy Fraser did extremely well in defence during this spell.
Nevertheless during the 16th minute the Kelburne team were caught to high up the pitch and Western broke and scored with a weak left sided shot. Not long later that lead was doubled with another ball tumbling over the line. Then just before half time the Wildcats increased this tally to three when a loose cross was intercepted.
Half time - Western Wildcats 2's 3-0 Kelburne Ladies 3's
However after half time the Kelburne Ladies returned to the pitch with a point to prove. Lora Caven was called upon within the first few minutes to make some instinctive saves, but from them on the ball rarely came into the Ladies circle. By pushing all eleven players higher up the pitch the Kelburne youngsters finally made the most of their extra outfield player.
At 40 minutes Philippa Saddler, on only her third game playing ladies hockey, reacted quickly to a through ball from midfield and slotted the ball past the Western keeper. This seemed to inspire the girls and then next ten minutes saw a flurry of attacks down both flanks with Tara Patel and Kim Crawford. The forward team of Holly Hendry, Amber Hendry and Lucy Bliss did extremely well to hold the ball up and force three corners in succession.
The third of these corners was converted, after Katrina Miller calmly slipped it to the top of the circle where Rachael Ewing-Day stopped before Lora Caven launched it into the bottom corner.
The Kelburne squad failed to give up and controlled play in the remaining ten minutes. Miller and Crawford worked extremely hard in midfield and linked well with the forwards.
Then finally with just four minutes remaining on the clock this perseverance paid off. A right sided attack was played into the circle, where Lucy Bliss slipped in front of her marker to claim, before placing it with composure by the Western keeper.
The whistle blew a few minutes later and the score finished 3-3. This draw felt like a win for the young team who showed resilience beyond their years to come back against a good Wildcats side. Next game is home against Rottenrow BlueSox in Linwood next Saturday 26th September.