Kelburne Ladies 3's v East Kilbride Ladies
Saturday 14th November 2015.
Kelburne Ladies 3's travelled to East Kilbride today to face East Kilbride Ladies 2's in the West district League. With a smaller squad than usual, the ladies were looking to keep climbing up the league table.
The experienced East Kilbride side started very strongly and Kelburne's defence was called into action early on. The defensive line soaked up much of this pressure and begun a number of attacks down the left and right flanks. Where Holly Hendry, and Katrina Miller maintained the width and found space.
It was however the East Kilbride side that broke the deadlock 20 mins into the game. Unfortunately a loose pass across the circle was intercepted and calmly slotted past Abbie Houston in goals. Despite some excellent attacking play the young Kelburne squad found themselves 1-0 down at half time.
Half Time Kelburne Ladies 3's 0-1 East Kilbride Ladies
The second half begun with a flurry of activity for the Kelburne squad. Lucy Bliss, Laura Aiken and Holly Hendry worked hard up front and closed down and pressurised the EK defence. Their hard work paid off within 10 minutes as a corner was claimed. Miller slipped this out at speed and Rachael Ewing-Day stopped for Emma Ryan to strike beyond the keeper.
Maintaining this pressure the youngsters claimed another series of corners. Which Ryan was happy to step up for and again slot beyond a bemused EK keeper.
Finding themselves 2-1 up and in control the young squad were dealt a fatal blow when Centre Back Lora Caven tore her hamstring and had to sadly leave the field. Miller stepped into her position and Philippa Saddler played in midfield. Testament to their mental strength the Kelburne team continued to command possession, with exceptional hold up play from youngsters Jenny Gow and Ambar Hendry.
Lynne Houston Kelburne's stalwart defender was the next casualty. After making a vital challenge Houston sustained an injury to the left rib. Laura Aiken calmly slotted into this role and alongside Neave Halliday and Ryan she was pivotal in denying space to the rejuvenated EK squad.
Bliss was very lively and her menacing runs claimed another series of corners. The first was slipped to Bliss on the right, however attempting to chip the keeper the young forward narrowly missed the roof of the net. Similarly Ryan pressed high up the pitch and was on hand to receive a through ball into the circle and side step a series of EK defender to claim her hat trick and take Kelburne 3-1 up.
Kelburne worked extremely hard during the last 15 minutes to maintain their lead, and saves from Abbie Houston in goals kept EK at bay. Unfortunately a goal was conceded during this spell.
The game finished 3-2 to the Kelburne girls, and to a demonstration of maturity well beyond their years, another three points have been claimed. Holly Hendry was named the Most Valuable Player for her extensive work rate in midfield and up front.
Full Time Kelburne Ladies 3's 3-2 East Kilbride Ladies
Next week the young squad are at home to Broomhill, where they hope to continue their winning streak.